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Old 03-25-2010, 05:33 AM
 
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I stayed in the Moderator cut: Hotel name removed in Ardsley, NY from Jan 20-Feb16, 2009. Three times during this time, my room was entered without my consent. Once in the middle of the night (around 1 in the morning), one of the desk managers entered. I'm not sure if it was a mistake or not. She hardly spoke English. My bf and I were there and we were shocked to be sleeping and have the door suddenly opened. To be honest, we never really pursued the matter. Another time, one of the maids opened the door without my consent and while I was in the room. I can't remember whether she knocked first or not, but she did apologize, so probably just a mistake. Third, I had flowers delivered from my dad, and when I got back to my room after having been out, they were sitting on the table in the room. Obviously someone entered my room, without my knowledge/consent, in order to put them there.
Another curious thing is that there was a porn channel available, that was not any harder to access than any other channel on the tv. I thought you had to either pay for the porn or at least go through a few steps to access it on the tv.
One more thing--my boyfriend and I had an argument, and so he left, but later came back and got another room key from the front desk. Please note I was paying for the room, and it was under my name. Granted, they had seen us together many times and knew we were a couple, but they still had no right to do that!
This situation has me so curious, because I believe the motel staff broke so many laws while I was there. Granted, it was a cheap (yet clean) motel in a safe area, and I did for the most part feel comfortable staying there, which is why I stayed for so long. Please tell me your thoughts on the matter and what laws, if any, were broken. Although it's been over a year now I still can't get the experience out of my head and would like to share it with others. Thanks so much! Btw, there was no latch (just a deadbolt) and no Do Not Disturb sign.

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Old 03-25-2010, 09:19 AM
 
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The hotel did not break any legal laws. You simply stayed at a fleabag hotel, and payed the price.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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( and stayed there for nearly a month )
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Old 03-25-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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When you rent a room, it's your room and should be free from unauthorized entry. So long as they did in for regular business purposes or it was a mistake, there's nothing illegal about it. If you had the Do Not Disturb sign displayed and they enetered anyway, that's pretty crappy, but if you didn't have the sign displayed and they knocked and you didnt answer, they have every right to enter for regular business purpose. As for the flowers, that is standard industry practice to deliver items direct to the room. I would be pee-off if they didn't.
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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Rights violation, no.

Common courtesy ... perhaps.

But it's hard to fathom that if you felt so violated by the events that you continued your stay for a month.

I'd find it hard to fault the front desk giving your (ex)BF a key to the room that they "knew was a couple", unless you'd notified them that he was no longer welcome in your room and you'd taken his key away.
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:07 PM
 
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Lets see, long stay hotel, desk managers that don't speak english, porn channel on the TV....the OP should reference the below post on bedbugs as well.
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Old 03-25-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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Lets see, long stay hotel, desk managers that don't speak english, porn channel on the TV....the OP should reference the below post on bedbugs as well.
Were there mirrors on the ceiling at this particular motel as well? Sorry, couldn't help myself!
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Old 03-25-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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Surprised the motel you stayed at let you stay a month.

From your description, that motel sounds like one that usually rents by the hour.
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Old 03-25-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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PacificFlights--what "regular business purpose" did the night manager have, coming in at 1 in the morning? Hmmmmmmmm? And without knocking?! Also, you didn't thoroughly read my post, which states that they didn't give me a Do Not Disturb sign.

Dd714 and Marmac--the motel was seedy, most definitely. Yet, as I stated, it was also CLEAN and in a safe area, or I wouldn't have stayed a month.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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regualar business purposes is whatever they normally do in the course of business to enter rooms. It could be a property check, turn down service, delivery of stuff, cleaning, repairs. I travel a lot and I have had employees enter my room. usually it was a mistake or they were enetering to do what they normally do when people are not inside. It is only against the laws if they entered for other purposes, but mistakes are mistakes. Are you asking for people to respond with their opinions based on experiences or do you only want those who are going to tell you something was illegal? You didn't mention you didn;t want to hear anything that doesn't agree with you. Once you travel enough and stay in 1 star to 5 star hotels, you will learn things happen in hotels that don't happen in apartments. A no star hotel and a 5 star hotel all experience employees accidentally entering rooms due to mistakes. Wait until a customer opens your door because the computer screwed up and showed it as vacant.
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