I was looking forward to staying in hotels on our drive home. I can't remember the last time I stayed in one. Maybe for a funeral. Anyway, It was years ago.
Our first night we stopped driving around 7 p.m. We were in Gallup, NM, which didn't really seem like a big town. But we had to go to THREE different hotels to find a room!
SERIOUSLY? What gives?
At the third hotel the clerk said, "Our rate for TONIGHT is $85.00".
Now you know full well that the normal rate was probably $59.00 buckaroos, but this hotel was given a heads up that the other hotels were full, so why not take advantage of that fact and jack the price up?
I know. This is how America works.
Well, it sucks.
Being tired and not having a choice, we paid the fee. I just wanted to rest my aching bones in a nice hot tub.
Well, for $85, we got an air conditioner on the blink AND a room without a bathtub. Have you ever heard of such a thing?
Them's are fightin' words, I'll tell ya! To hell with the a/c!
There was only a shower in the room.
Jim called the front desk about the non-working a/c. The clerk came by and fiddled with a few things (basically turned it off and on), agreed that it was broken (thanks), and apologized. Didn't offer to put us in another room. Jim piped up, "Will we get a discount on our rate?"
"Well, okay, I'll take $5 off your rate."
The next night we stopped in Guymon, OK. I had seen a sign for a Super 8, but when we drove into the town, we couldn't find it. We saw a Holiday Inn Express and thought we'd try that.
NO THANK YOU! $104.00/night!
Does that include a backrub?
I asked the clerk if there was a Super 8 in town, and she gave me the directions to it.
I walked out and told Jim to stop bringing in the bags - we were going to Super 8!
It turned out to be HALF the price, the room had a fridge, microwave, flat screen TV, PLUS the a/c worked, and BEST OF ALL, it had a TUB.
My only question is, when did TUBS get so small? Or did I get bigger since the last time I took a bath? I've showered for the last 7 years because my trailer didn't have a tub!