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2nd Nov 2016, 22:27
Following a bit on from Car Hire and costs this is for Hotel disaster......

Travellodge booked close to where needed to be on a business trip, arrived late and check in, floor seemed a bit damp in my socks but had shoes on a long day so didn't think much about it.
Changed and hopped between the sheets.
Bed felt damp so jumped out and pulled up the sheets, matress was soiled pretty much whole way through and soaking wet as was the floor.
Reception had no other rooms and 50 miles to next place.
Slept on new sheets and blankets on couch in room.
Next morning after a bad nights sleep and in foul mood went to check out, they reluctant to refund and district manager was there on a visit.
Forcefully got mnager and distruct manager to room to show him it, manager initially claimed it was ok when checked in, district manager thankfully stopped me thumping him. Course never paid but did find out because of the complaint made the district managers dismissed manager and most of the staff.

Another bad one...........
Travelodge again but not same one and only place available for miles around, stayed there for 2 weeks, got lice and they said never had any issues before, their Trip adviser profile suggested otherwise.

Small hotel / pension in Eastern Europe, didn't speak the language and there for 4 days. Manager insisted on calling taxis where ever we were going and telling us what the cost would be. City has rep for dodgy taxi drivers, when we arrived back by taxi he would always come out to taxi to ensure we hadn't been ripped off. Spoke with some other English speaking guests and apparently he does this for all guests as takes pride in his city and doesn't want people ripped off. Hotel rep online is good because he does this for all.

2nd Nov 2016, 23:15
Note to self: Do not book Travelodge.

To be honest, I tend not to have issues here in the US--I tdo stick to national chain hotels though: Hilton, Hampton, Holiday Inn, Best Western.

3rd Nov 2016, 00:00
Hotel disasters?
Three words sum it up for me:

Britannia hotel Aberdeen.
There is good reason why on Tripadvisor it's ranked 60 out of 61 hotels in Aberdeen (and the only reason it's not 61 is that the last hotel hasn't ever received any reviews).

3rd Nov 2016, 00:36
A hotel "disaster" was the Hyatt Regency, Kansas City in 1981. Somehow I do not think that having a soiled mattress counts as a disaster.

3rd Nov 2016, 02:25
Since the USA FAA legal "Statue of Limitations" has not expired, I won't admit to the means of interpreting the MEL and Operating Manual to depart from a certain Caribbean city.

The following week in the same city, I asked the station personnel about the designated hotel in case of a mechanical cancellation. "The Hotel Montana" was the reply, "Everybody loves it".

1 week later the entire hotel pancaked into one story during the Haiti earthquake.

Halfway through life, I'm starting to realize the odds of avoiding an early demise or grievous bodily had I not made my simple minded courses of action over my life. Most were made on pure laziness, vanity or self reward.

Given a review of the past, I would not want to see the odds of me surviving to this day. The worst of were of course as a young male.

3rd Nov 2016, 02:26
Britannia hotel Aberdeen.

Stayed in Manchester one once as nowhere else, told later than working girls prowled the corridors offering services.

3rd Nov 2016, 09:03
Britannia hotel, Market Bosworth. No towels for the pool, 45 minute wait for a table for breakfast, place in total chaos, not surprising there are regular "offers" there on sites such as Groupon. Also a very upmarket hotel attached to a golf course near Crewe, called Weston De Vere, - took our booking for a dinner table along with out room reservation, then told us when we arrived that the restaurant was closed. No offer of refund for cancellation. Cost us an additional £25 to get a taxi for dinner at a local pub.

Never had a problem with Travelodges, though, and used them a lot. Except for the eating part in the one near T5. Menu offers Fish and Chips, and also Pie and Mash. You can't have Pie and Chips, though..."It's not on the menu".

John Hill
3rd Nov 2016, 09:07
Hotel Intercontinental Kabul, 1999, dinner menu of lamb kebabs or chicken kebabs but you must order at breakfast.

3rd Nov 2016, 09:28
Belmont Manor, Bermuda, circa. early '60's

Dining room Maitre d' - on entering dining room for breakfast .... are you a guest or aircrew ? On admitting the latter was ushered to a table out of sight of the "guests".

Hand written notice on the back of the Do Not Disturb card .... Please do not feed the cockroaches. Followed by ... I had to , they kept dragging me out of bed.

Towel enclosed with the voyage report leaving Bermuda one night, with the explanation ... saw the maid mucking out the next door room, and chucking out nice, fluffy, soft white bathtowels instead of ones like this, obviously washed in sea water, brown, hard as sandpaper as we all know, and I congratulated her on the hotel now re-equipping with new linen. Not for you, she said, these are for guests use only, you're crew.

Cashier always paid the crew allowances in Bermuda Pounds, which were about as useless as tits on a bull, and refused to change them, at any rate, into US dollars or British Pounds. One day, arriving at the airport there was a notice advising that the Bermuda Pound was worth X USA dollars, due to a big fall in the US dollar for some reason. The hotel that day paid us in US dollars for the first time and I refused to accept them for historical reasons, always paid in Bermuda Pounds etc. We were bound for New York next day, so after receiving our money I turned to the crew, and told them to go down to the bank and change them for US dollars, and make a bit extra on the side for their stay in New York. Wasn't popular with the hotel. Tough.

3rd Nov 2016, 09:52
Westin Chosun Seoul in the late 80`s. Nylon carpets throughout- electric static shocks galore when calling for lifts, or opening room doors. Oh and the Kimchi gave me stomach ache for weeks afterwards.

3rd Nov 2016, 10:04
Worst - in the UK, best,in central & eastern Europe.

3rd Nov 2016, 10:39
Hotel disasters?
Three words sum it up for me:

Britannia hotel Aberdeen.
There is good reason why on Tripadvisor it's ranked 60 out of 61 hotels in Aberdeen (and the only reason it's not 61 is that the last hotel hasn't ever received any reviews).

Its burnt down


3rd Nov 2016, 11:07
Its burnt downApparently a hazard with Scottish hotels!

I used to use the Gantock Hotel, Gourock when visiting the IBM plant at Greenock.

I used to ask for a 'River View' room, it was a pleasant place to sit with the sun-downer of your choice and watch the Nuclear Deterrent's sail past.

A rather nice hotel I used for central London, has closed and suffered an even worse fate: Selfridges Hotel (http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/old-selfridges-hotel-transformed-into-britains-largest-free-indoor-skatepark-9216965.html)

How it used to be (http://www.regentpalacehotel.co.uk/selfridge_hotel.asp)

longer ron
3rd Nov 2016, 11:30
When our company used to go on bombing/shooting holidays in SW scotland ,we sometimes had a choice of where we stayed (down to personal preference).
A few of us used to prefer a wee hotel further away from the Harbour,it was a little like fawlty towers sometimes but a good laugh,you often had to cut your way through the burnt toast smoke on the way down to breakfast.
The manager had a daughter who worked as a waitress,one of our younger colleagues was joking with her one day and she loudly called him a 'cheeky wee cont' - much to the surprise of the other guests :)

We went there one time and found the daughter no longer present and asked where she was - to be told 'she decked the chef and I had to sack her' :) - we obviously asked why sack your own daughter - the answer was 'well good chefs are hard to come by' LOL

One time we had to stay in a different hotel and myself and a mate got into the lift with 2 old ladies who politely asked 'are you here for the golf ?' - my mate (subtle as a flying mallet) replied 'Nah we are here to drop bombs' - the 2 old ladies face was a picture:)

3rd Nov 2016, 11:37
Britannia hotel Aberdeen.

There seems to be something about Britannia Hotels.

I once stayed in the Britannia at Crawley because they offered a competitively priced airport parking deal. It was quite simply the filthiest most run down hotel I have ever stayed in. Everything looked brown and stained and the room was full of cobwebs. The car park was mostly laid to gravel and the gardens were unkempt and overgrown. Fortunately I had to make an early start the following morning, so was spared the horror of breakfast. Apparently this place is popular for wedding receptions, although quite why anyone would want to start married life in such a fashion escapes me.

3rd Nov 2016, 12:00
Apparently this place is popular for wedding receptions, although quite why anyone would want to start married life in such a fashion escapes me.

Probably becaause they sound posh and are cheap. Our nearest one put on a Christmas Day lunch a while back. Half the staff never turned up, food was late and crap, and the manager ended up locking himself in his office and calling plod for protection from the guests.

3rd Nov 2016, 12:41
Having stayed in several Britannia hotels the one in Stockport by far the worst just awful. Aberdeen the Ritz in comparison best Britannia I stayed in was at Leeds Bradford.

3rd Nov 2016, 12:48
Some time ago (so things might have changed by now) I needed a hotel while attending a family funeral.

Tried a travel lodge, but had to answer the question "business or leisure". No way to proceed without telling a lie. Gave up and chose another hotel.

Later I contacted Travel Lodge - "do you classify attending a funeral as business or leisure?". They replied "if it's more than thirty nights a year it's business otherwise it's leisure".

3rd Nov 2016, 13:31
Not really a hotel disaster, but an interesting experience, all the same. A colleague and I were doing trials out of Akrotiri in 1973 and had some time off owing, so decided to drive up into the Troodos mountains and stay at the Platres Hotel for a few days, to get away from the heat as much as anything else.

When we signed in, the hotel proprietor asked if we were "electrical or mechanical". We were puzzled by this, so just said we were scientists, which I don't think he understood properly.

We were the only guests, so that first evening we were treated to the proprietor bringing out an old reel to reel tape recorder and playing "special English music" in the dining room. This turned out to be 1960's Beatles recordings. After the meal we were offered free drinks, some weird and wonderful concoctions that neither of us had heard of.

The same thing happened the following evening, and we got the very definite feeling we were being given special treatment for a reason. On the third evening, again with the special treatment, but before he started giving out free drinks, the proprietor asked if we would mind looking at the central heating boiler. We agreed, saying that we weren't experts, something the proprietor seemed willing to ignore.

It turned out that the chap wanted to convert the big oil fired boiler to run on petrol, as petrol was, at that time, cheaper and easier to buy than heating oil. He had bought a kit of parts from the boiler manufacturer for this conversion, but was unsure how to do the job, so asked if we would help. Stupidly we agreed.

It turned out that the boiler had a removable burner, that was like a big blowtorch, with a centrifugal fan to blow air through it, a pump to squirt fuel out of a nozzle and a spark igniter, that was essentially the same as that on a jet engine. The modification was simple, just change the jet and alter the wiring so that the ignitor operated all the time, with a warning box that shut the thing down if the ignitor failed. Presumably having the spark ignitor on continuously was a sort of safety measure.

Anyway, the two of us followed the instructions and made the modifications easily enough, but didn't think it wise to test it with the burner fitted to the boiler, in case it accidentally failed to ignite and filled the boiler combustion chamber with petrol. So, we carried the thing outside, hooked up a temporary fuel supply and electricity connection, and fired this thing up. By now it was around midnight, so when the thing lit up there was a ten foot roaring flame running across the rear courtyard of the hotel, making an enormous roaring noise.

The hotel proprietor was overjoyed, and rushed to bring out drinks, which luckily my colleague and I had the sense to decline, knowing we had to fit this thing back into the boiler that night, or else we'd not get a bath the next day.

Amazingly the thing worked well on petrol, and when we returned to the hotel again, early in 1974, the proprietor proudly took us down to the basement to show how our handiwork was still running well.

I think it was one of the most bizarre, and scariest, things that's ever happened to me in a hotel................

3rd Nov 2016, 15:49
Canal Hotel Baghdad, August 2003.

An Hotel in name only but the first thing I remembered on reading the thread title.

3rd Nov 2016, 15:55
Travellodge Oswestry, a couple of years ago. Travelling, by lorry, to a place in the sticks near to Bala, Wales, got caught in some traffic delays and the driver started to get short of allowable driving hours. Predicting that we could get to Oswestry in the hours remaining so we started to ring around for accommodation. Worked all of the way down a significant list and only Tavellodge could offer anything, a twin room only. Sounded OK-ish, for two blokes so we took it.

On arrival it turned out that is was a room with a single bed and a pull out. The pull out was a small mattress in a drawer in the base of a sofa. The drawer was just 5 ft 6 long and just over 2 feet 3 wide. They couldn't see why that might not be suitable when both of us are over 6 feet tall and one of us it built like a rugby player.

Classing that as a twin room is just wrong! Of course, at that time of the evening there is barely skeleton staff available, a take it or leave it situation. In the morning there was no staff on the premisses.

Got stung the normal rate for a proper twin room and the credit card company failed to uphold my complaint.

Never again.

3rd Nov 2016, 16:08
Its burnt down


Apparently a hazard with Scottish hotels!

Back in the eighties Glasgow Fire Service had stickers printed for their fire engines reading 'I've been to a Stakis fire'!

(Reo Stakis owned an eponymous hotel company notorious for its hotels catching fire. Company later sold to Hilton).

3rd Nov 2016, 16:37
I once stood outside a rickety hotel at 3am on a frosty night with Ian Paisley, both in our pyjamas laughing at the silliness of the situation. The fire alarm had gone off in the reception by a drunken reveller and everyone had to get up and out. I'm not making light of fires as as we know not getting out can be fatal. It would seem that the standard across the board has risen over that last few years, but there are still a few that should be closed down. Some of the doss houses around London Victoria would fit that bill, only furriners, only for a day or two and relatively cheap. Reception nice, rooms crap :-)

3rd Nov 2016, 21:07
Ford Hotel - Toronto aka the Bay St riding academy...

In its requiem for the Ford Hotel, the Sun offered these final thoughts:

There is no other great leveller like the Ford, no other place to confirm for us that we are all bums. That we should all spend at least one night at the Ford, staring at its cracked greenish walls and ceilings, watching the centipedes race each other along the hallways, listening to the strange mutters in the room next door. Then you shall know humanity.

...been there and done that...

Jarvis Hotel - Jarvis St Toronto

Cafe/Restaurant ... 19 tables (I counted 'em) and usually 19 hookers...would ask if you're here for pleasure or to eat... if to eat some would hang around just to chit chat... I remember the stupendous hot hamburger sandwich... rooms you'd ask for the high floor (quieter)

Kitchener Hotel - Kitchener Ont

...room like a bowling alley. Bed was wall to wall. Must've been assembled in place because you couldn't turn it to face against a wall...so roll left to the biffy...roll right to the desk and chair...maid was fun to watch though...Lobby had entrance to the ladies & escorts beverage room... once saw a woman get cold cocked as she came out...it was "you [email protected]%&&ing B$%%^h"...splat...she got up maybe a minute later and wobbled out the door...

...many other ratholes...Syracuse, New Orleans, Houston, Singapore, Calcutta, Phnom Penh, Johor...just to name a few, but wouldn't trade the memories for anything... stay 5 star and you lose that touch with humanity...

3rd Nov 2016, 22:10
One of the best I've stayed at was in Kamloops, despite having a minor fire there. Staff were efficient & friendly, room spacious & clean despite it not being particularly upmarket, and when I went to pay for an international call home, they said it was on the house (This was before the fire.)
While we were all waiting across the road during the fire (a minor kitchen smoke event) the staff were delivering blankets to families that needed them, and making sure no one needed anything.

4th Nov 2016, 02:06
A hotel close to La Guardia in 98, booked from airport phone and they picked us (myself and GF at the time) up in a van.

It reminded me of one of those hotel you would see in Starsky and Hutch with Huggy Bear sashing down the hall, with decor to match.................TV was one of those push button ones that were old in 1980's.

Came out grabbed a bus heading for subway and driver realising we "out of towners" keen to offer advice and suggestions.............. thanks Kevin we did appreciate it.
Dropped us at subway and just said when come back don't walk or take a the bus, take a cab from right outside......... loads of Puerto Rican drivers in cars when got back...... not sure they were licenced cabs but polite, clean and dropped us to hotel safely. Knew where he was from as he keen to tell us and also asked where we from.

What was memorable aside from being 1st visit to New York was after visiting St Patricks Cathedral (we both Catholic so it was a must), then Empire State we grabbed a Yellow cab towards Wall St.
Took a lift to Windows of the World at top of Twin Towers.

Spent couple hours there in bright afternoon Oct sunshine and stayed as we say sun setting and Manhatten start to light up as darkness fell.

Flew to LAX early doors next morning with ATA via Midway.

Just shy of 3 years later both of us were on phone to each other crying as Twin Towers came down.

Relationship sadly didn't survive that holiday but she is still one of my closest friends.......... I often wonder about hotel as looked like a bad movie set hotel.

4th Nov 2016, 06:46
Canal Hotel Baghdad, August 2003.

An Hotel in name only but the first thing I remembered on reading the thread title.

Stayed there for almost 3 months in '78 and just 1 night in '80 (as it got damaged during an air raid). Many memories. We even named a disease after the hotel "Canalitus" as we all eventually fell violently ill from apparent food poisoning!

4th Nov 2016, 09:03
Probably spent about half my working life living in hotels worldwide - the worst? A toss up between the Daula Hotel in Kano and the Lake Chad Hotel in Maiduguri. If you are into dirt,squalor and big lizards you will love both places.

4th Nov 2016, 09:32
AND...any hotel where Septics go for their holidays. Noisy, rowdy, talking at shout volume outside your door at 0230, when a request to STFU only incites them to walk past slower. Ignorant [email protected]

John Hill
4th Nov 2016, 09:42
Fannie Bay pub, Darwin 1969.

I could tell there was something 'up' as I walked in to the bar as I noticed eyes being caste at me and at a cardboard carton on the bar, so I steered well clear of it. Half an hour or so passed before someone was careless enough to lift the carton when the bottom fell out and a half dozen croc hatchlings were loose among the punters!:ok:

4th Nov 2016, 09:58
A hotel in St Petersburg (Leningrad) in the early 90s. I think it may have been the "Ostrovskaya" or something like that. Each room's telephone had its own number, not merely an extension number but a local exchange subscriber number. The reasons for that were, to me, fairly obvious, given that the country was in the throes of moving away from the old Soviet Russia. The dining room was about the size of the cookhouse in Vimy Lines at Catterick. Breakfast was a small bowl of something resembling porridge, along with a miniature loaf of black bread, resembling a tiny Hovis, probably 2 mouthfuls at most, and some jam. Apparently I was the only foreigner there and the crowded dining room was a cacophony of noise as the Russian families conducted every conversation at dozens of dBs above the traffic outside. And when I went for a beer after work, I was given Heineken. I told the barman I didn't want that, living in Germany I could get that by the gallon. I wanted a Russian beer. Nope! Flat refusal to serve me a local beer as I was a foreigner. Luckily, the local lads I was working with supplied me with a local beer. Lovely beer and cheap as chips, unlike the fiver the hotel wanted.

Allan Lupton
4th Nov 2016, 10:23
I can nominate Midway House (I think it was called) near Karachi airport which our agent booked me into in the late 1970s!
Didn't seem to have been overhauled since KLM built it for night-stopping en-route to Batavia in the 1930s, but it had to be the only hotel in the world with a Lockheed Constellation fuselage in the garden.

longer ron
4th Nov 2016, 11:36
Not really a problem with a hotel as such.
We had booked a self catering holiday - on the other side of the island from the airport,our flight was scheduled to land late and as we were going to be staying in a very rural place I didnt want to drive to it late at night,so we booked the hire car for the next morning but did not book an overnight hotel since we were semi expecting a flight delay LOL.
Anyway we only had a 1 hour delay and landed at half past midnight - the airport police were shooing people out as the terminal was closing - Hmmm what to do ?
There was only 1 taxi outside and he looked like a nice guy - so asked him if there was a cheap hotel nearby - no probs he said - so we ended up in a wee hotel in a back street,no ID check and 50 euros (total) for the night :ok:
Hot and humid night meant fitful sleep and we neednt have bothered to set an alarm as the 0700 arrival from Boston sounded like it was coming in through the window :)
So in the morning we found out that the 50 euro included a large pot of coffee and 2 huge bread rolls/jam each - bargain and the taxi driver picked us up dead on time and took us back to the airport for our hire car.
We never did see the name of the hotel and they never knew who we were :)
We know roughly where it was because it was just off the end of the rwy LOL

4th Nov 2016, 17:20
Adelphi Hotel Liverpool 1986, I did a conference there. Talking to a CEO of the client at the desk he told me that he had a draught coming down the chimney in his room. When he told this to the yoof employment kid behind the desk yoof gave him a copy of the Liverpool Echo. "what's that for?" asked client. "Stooff it oop yer chimney." said yoof. Shared the lift twice with Glenda Jackson there too.

Mrs Hifly joined me there for a couple of days and it was there that she discovered that she was pregnant with our first child. The same day our return to London was a Manx flight, a Shorts 330 from the then Speake to Heathrow. While we were waiting in the terminal the pilot told us there was fog a Heathrow but hopefully it would clear by the time we got there. During the flight all we could see was the odd factory chimney or highrise poking up out of the murk. We circled over London a few times and the pilot announced that we'll have to fly back to Liverpool. So we did. We caught the train back to London on which I sank a few G&Ts while pondering parenthood.

The Adelphi was build around 1912 when Liverpool was the major Trans Atlantic port. The interior is like the interior of a liner of the times and is fabulous, well worth a visit if you are near.

5th Nov 2016, 01:25
I've never had a good, clean hotel in Turkey, either in Istanbul or Ankara. The Garden Beach in Antibes was good at one time: once the management changed it was crap. They would have large groups of Jewish people staying and so the bar and restaurant was closed, while the special ETSI prices didn't apply. The Hotel de Muigons is another matter - been very good over a period of 6 years in spite of a change of ownership. Even to the extent of regular guests getting the same room each time. The Crowne Plaza in Dayton I have found very good over the years since 1992.....since when it was Stouffers.

The Holiday Inn Express at Cortez, Colorado, was very impressive.....more like a Crowne Plaza.

Much prefer staying at home.

5th Nov 2016, 17:31
Once had a night stop in NY with crew. One of the C/A's came down and complained to reception that "my room has no window." Reply was, " not all our rooms have windows, depending on the side of the hotel." response, "no, I mean there is a hole in the wall with no glass."

Another stop in Guadeloupe. 4* Crew hotel over booked and half c/a's had to go to another, 3*, nearby. They returned PDQ to complain that they had to double up (4 day stop over) and the bath was a cockroach swimming pool. Very difficult to get satisfaction. Seemed the options were very limited. My suggestion that they could all bunk down in the vacant Presidential suite did not succeed.

I spent huge amounts of time at LGW Hilton. Almost had my own chair in Ami's. Checking-in in civvies it was irritating when the newbie at reception asked, "are you guest or crew?" However, once over Christmas they were over booked at 21.00 check-in. My favourite duty manager phoned round to other hotels, but same reply. No crew discount rooms available. It's now late, thirsty & hungry. She offered me a penthouse VIP suite for the night, just one night, then we can look again tomorrow. In the end she left me there for my 5 day block. Top service. Shame the missus was not on site. It was such a waste, considering my roster; but how the other half live. My UK based airline did not give captains any specials.
It was only when flying for 2 Italian companies on intercontinental routes that the captain had a suite. In Africa, 4 days, that was wonderful, and Caribbean. El commandante was alive & well across the channel.
The worse was night stopping for a LoCo. They had no idea, even with a block of earlies on the roster.

5th Nov 2016, 20:26
Be warned. The Liverpool Adelphi is a doss house.Do not go there under any circumstances.:yuk::yuk:

5th Nov 2016, 21:58
Well I was talking about events at the Adelphi thirty years ago.

barry lloyd
6th Nov 2016, 11:08
Just a few experiences from a very long list:

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Intourist hotel 1991. In the first hour, killed about 20 cockroaches, when I was able to make my way along the sticky carpet. I put about ten of them onto couple of pieces of the shiny water-resistant toilet paper, in the hope that maybe the maid would spray the room, but they were still there when I came back in the evening.

Intourist Hotel Moscow 1990-93

They had got rid of the floor dragons and replaced them with ladies of the night, who patrolled the corridors knocking on doors and asking if the guest required 'service'. The leather-jacketed pimps on the front door kept them under control. The food in the so-called restaurants was inedible, but fortunately by then there were plenty of alternatives. Fortunately in 2002 it was razed to the ground and replaced by the five-star Ritz-Carlton.

Barranquilla, Colombia 1983

Intercontinental Hotel. woken at 4am by a squeaking noise. Thinking that a family of rodents had moved in (or were already there), I got up to investigate, only to find that someone was trying to jemmy their way in. Reception did not answer, and fortunately the burglar was not making much progress, so I pulled the wardrobe across the door. I mentioned it at reception the next morning, but I don't think they believed me, even though I speak fluent Spanish.

Belgrade Yugoslavia 1976

Hotel OK, but I had an important business meeting the next day, so I used the free shoe polishing cloth to buff up my shoes. Fortunate that I did, because a scorpion dropped out of one of them. It was winter and apparently they sneak in for warm overnight accommodation.

Noyabrsk Russia 1992

Noyabrsk is in Siberia. The hotel was rudimentary to say the least and it was mid summer, when it doesn't go dark. My first activity on entering the room was to pull the curtains, which promptly caused the pole holding them up to fall to the floor. No phone in the room, so I went to reception, but my pleas fell on deaf ears.

Just about any B&B in the UK

Perhaps a bit unfair, because there are a few good ones, but as anyone who has watched 'The Hotel Inspector' on UK TV will confirm, many of them are run by people who should be locked up for their own (and everyone else's) protection.

6th Nov 2016, 11:49
I stayed in a hotel near Düsseldorf, on business, about ten years ago. The thing that got me was the bed: at the corner nearest the door, the base and the mattress were collapsed. I could tell exactly why: hundreds or thousands of people had slept in that bed, gotten up in the morning, and sat on that corner of the bed to put their socks and shoes on.

You always know that hotel rooms are used that way, but there was something depressing about having that fact rubbed in my face that way. Usually, hotels make at least some effort to conceal that reality from you by keeping things reasonably new and fresh. :(

6th Nov 2016, 12:38
Not a hotel but a B&B in Tintagel. Mrs 4ma and I were touring round Cornwall and Devon and decided to stay in Tintagel for one night. We found this B&B with a "Vacancies" sign and enquired about a room. They had a room and also did evening meal. As were were a bit knackered after a long day we decided to stay the night.

When we were shown the room we should have seen the warning signs - nylon sheets on the bed, woodworm in the furniture to the extent there appeared to be more holes than wood, the emergency escape was over some garage roof and the room was lit - and I use that term very loosely - by a single 40w bulb with no lamp shade. No tv, no kettle for a cuppa in the room either. The evening meal was something different; it was supposed to be roast beef, roast potatoes , veg and yorkshire pudding. Although the main constituents resembled the description, the gravy made such an impression on us that we still use it as a benchmark today - some 37 years later - of whether food is good or bad. The liquid that posed as 'gravy' had been thickened by HP brown sauce! :yuk: There were five or six other people having the meal that night and we all looked at each other with that 'WTF' look on our faces. I'm sure the mattress on the bed was fill with rocks from King Arthur's Castle. Breakfast the following morning was edible. We've been back to Tintagel a few times since but have failed to find this B&B so we could show our kids where the disaster occurred - fortunately, we can't remember the name of the place. It was across the road from the Old Post Office but, thankfully, seems to have vanished off the face of the earth.

6th Nov 2016, 15:43
Probably the best B & B place in Britain that I have stayed in was a pub called the Brownlow Arms in the village of Hough on the Hill in Lincolnshire, between Grantham and Lincoln. Real Ale, good meals, and the bill would be made out to "Bed, Breakfast and Evening Meal" with no mention of the drinks!!! I believe it's closed now.

6th Nov 2016, 19:15
It's still open according to its web-site.

6th Nov 2016, 19:39
Stayed in the Brownlow Arms a few years ago. Excellent place.

Still open I believe, still to be found on various websites such as B**king or similar.

6th Nov 2016, 19:52
Took me awhile to find it again. Establishments not changing linens.



6th Nov 2016, 20:36
Holy Sheet !

Espada III
7th Nov 2016, 05:51
I stay in Premier Inns if I can when travelling in the UK. I'm in one now. I can't do the 'I slept here' test, but the rooms are clean, quiet and the beds very comfortable. Staff are very helpful.

Sue Vêtements
8th Nov 2016, 00:18
That's nothing. I dream of hotels like that.

Once I stayed at a Motel 6 in Fort Worth Texas and in the morning I had a shower and was toweling off afterwards when I noticed a dubious yellowish stain on the towel I was using.

Yes, some dirty [email protected]@rd had whacked off into the towel and then put it back in the towel rack :*

ffs haven't they watched those you tube videos? You're supposed roll the towel around a rubber glove and put a bit of lotion inside it.

Don't laugh, I learned that from prune! :eek:

8th Nov 2016, 01:26
You guys got it easy......try the High Arctic for adventureist tours....can name many dire places, but won't as not PC theses days. Did get grounded 911 in Rankin Inlet for four days due being classed freight (slinging drums). Bonus in dry Nunavat, the only place with a bar.....The Sinitarvik Hotel!!!Our crew house for the duration. And a bonus, just been replenished day before by First Air combi....:D:D

8th Nov 2016, 10:43
Very many years ago, before credit cards, my Company booked me in to a Birmingham hotel. At check in, they requested that I sign a bank cheque so they could "add in any extras". I declined and they took the huff, saying most of their guests "found it more convenient". Then the phone in my room rang at 3 am. Any call at such an hour is usually BAD news, so I answered in some trepidation. It was reception, accusing me of disconnecting the (alarmed) TV. I hadn't either used it or touched it, and had been asleep anyway. Well, the alarm is going off retorted reception. So I waggled a few wires which killed the alarm.
Then in the morning, with an early appointment, there was no chef and no breakfast. So at check out I demanded a refund only to be told "The chef's here now, you can have breakfast now." Too late. At least I had the satisfaction of hearing the next man in the check out queue also demand a refund.
And that hotel came off the Company "approved" list PDQ.

8th Nov 2016, 17:15
Another Travelodge story and its me getting a bit back................
In a place where few other choices and paying for myself for 3 months.
I would get an email weekly giving me 10% discount on a single night stay from Sun-Thurs nights
So use to make 4 separate bookings for same stay and get the 10% off each night.
Additionally they charged £10 a night for Wifi but recyled passwords every 3 days.

Place had been a separate hotel before bought by them and Manager once asked why the separate bookings, told him plus the negative stories.

His comment was Hotel gets full cost of room and someone from Head Office picks up promotion costs so keep doing it. Also told some of his regulars to do same thing.

He ensured I had same room all the time I was there as never there weekends.......... made living away a bit easier plus ensured site always got good reviews from me.

Sometime you can play the system.

Local Variation
8th Nov 2016, 17:48
We used to use a hotel for business bookings we made to the tune of £100k plus per annum, all transactioned to the hotel directly through one person in our Team.

One evening whilst a number of us stayed at the hotel, we went out for a meal nearby and invited our colleague who made the bookings along. She accepted and met us at the restaurant. At the end of the meal, we all returned to the hotel for a quick drink before calling it a day.

Upon entering the hotel, the hotel's man on the door accused us of bringing a prostitute into the hotel. He also personally ripped her to bits for having the audacity to bring her supposed line of work into the hotel. Pretty much jaw dropping stuff at the time.

Contract cancelled the following morning. Man on door sacked the following afternoon. We have since returned through a change of ownership and management. But it has stuck and they now treat us like royalty.

8th Nov 2016, 18:36
Worst hotel experience? Uhm, traveling a lot on business purpose I made several of those. Probably the worst one was the Dynamite Hotel near to Cologne. It it a kind of mixture of a jail (never been in one but that's how I think it might be), a canteen and a place where you put the people you don't like to invite for your wedding but somehow you have to. Reception closes early in the evening. No dining and breakfast room. In the evening you had to give instructions to the reception of what you wanted to have for breakfast and pick it up at the reception in the morning. The room was clinical white. Cold white flooring tiles. The only good point: it was clean at least.

Another horrible stay was in Changchun, China earlier this year. Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the hotel. In February temperatures were around -10°C/14F. I stayed on the top floor - must have been something like the 12th floor or so. The windows were not airtight and the wind was blowing strong. I asked for another room but the hotel was almost full and the other room they offered had the same issue. Since I stayed there only for one night I did not ask for other rooms available. As I saw it in many hotels in Asia the bathroom was far from what I call maintained or at least clean. That was not the only reason why I skipped breakfast the next morning.

One more experience to share: Sun and Sands, Pune, India. Once my return flight from Pune was cancelled and LH put me into this hotel. While the entrance hall looks great the room was horrible. It was at the end of the monsoon season and for some reason Indians like to put a/c in fridge mode. I hate that. Anyway, when I went into my room it was cold. I tried to switch off the a/c but it did not stop blowing the cold air into the room. I asked the reception for a different room but due to the flight cancellation every room was occupied. As I mentioned before this was at the end of the monsoon season. The air was humid and when I went to bed it felt like washed sheets but not dried properly. I could not sleep in this. Last but not least: the room smelled like a dark old cellar. On behalf of LH I have to admit that this was the only time they put me into that hotel. The next two times the flight was cancelled they put me into the Hyatt hotel which was newly built that time.

Metro man
9th Nov 2016, 09:12
Motel in Mackay Australia where we used to daystop on freight runs. As we needed to sleep we were given a quiet room at the back. This happened to be next to the room a local prostitute used to entertain here clients, now and then they would knock on our door by mistake.

I was making a cup of tea one day and opened the kettle to fill it up, dead cockroach inside. I have always looked inside before switching on ever since.

Clare Prop
10th Nov 2016, 04:09
This has happened to me more than once when working as a tour manager....Spinal Tap moments


The worst one was in Newtown, Sydney. When we finally got some rooms they changed runways at Sydney and there was no chance of sleeping :ouch:

10th Nov 2016, 04:39
Some years ago my company put me in a hotel near Manchester Airport,went to work early morning and had big technical problems with the aircraft.Worked until late next morning when phoned by my wife asking why I had a woman in my room.Told her she had the wrong room,she phoned back to say she had the right room.Got back to the hotel knackered asked for my room key and was met with 'OH' - manager was called who informed me that they thought I was not coming back so had packed my bags and had given the room to someone else! - a woman of course. Did my nut - was then informed no rooms available until after check out time. Had no choice but to wait- but at least got fed. I am not 100% sure but I think it was The Four Seasons.

10th Nov 2016, 04:57
Daula hotel Kano 1992 - pestered by a shaven headed resident nightfighter in the bar after the usual long Hadj operation day. Could not get rid of her until she agreed that if I bought her a drink she would leave me alone. Bought her a pint of Guinness - only time I ever paid not to get laid!