Days Inn - The Sleaze and Dirty Motel
ALBION, MICHIGAN -- Dec 26, on my way home to Milwaukee, WI from Toronto Canada. It's a blinding snow storm outside and I have driven 300 mi. Many people are in ditches now and things are getting pretty bad so I get off and check the GPS for a motel.
There is a Days Inn right there so I checked in. I go to the car and load myself down with things I need and go to the room. I can see already that I have made a bad choice in motels. I proceed but I can't get into my room. I trudge to the office with all my things because in this hotel you would not leave any thing unattended.
The desk clerk comes and flings herself against the door and opens it. I leave the room and do the same thing when I return and it works, but the next time I leave I can't get in. While on my trips to get things from my car I meet some of the residents of the motel. Strange people who live at this motel and want to help me take my things in and tell me why they are living here. I go to the desk and explain that I can no longer get into my(very nasty) room and they give me another(nastier) room. This room has two chairs, the other none, that are so dirty and spotted that no decent person would ever sit in them. There is no shampoo, half of the towels needed(manager brings me one) and a coffee maker but no coffee, which I get at the desk later. The carpet is so dirty that when I took off my shoes my white socks became very dirty. My bedroom slippers are in my car so each time I get off the bed I have to slip my feet into my tennis shoes.
When I checked in I forgot to ask for my senior discount so I asked on the way to get some food and the manager said no because I was charged $60.00 and the rack rate is $70.00, even though the clerk said the savings would be $5.00 if approved.
After seeing the first room I checked to see if any other hotels were in the area but there were none for a number of miles and I94 was so bad I had to get off. There were many people in the ditches and I could not drive any further.
I am 71 and really a world traveler, from South America to Alaska and yearly trips to Europe and the UK. I have friends and family in many places and have stayed in many hotels. This hotel is the second worse I have ever stayed in. The first was a hotel in Quito, Peru, a jungle city but it cost only $12. My friends and family usually stay at Marriott hotels and you cannot go wrong there. I will never stay at a Days Inn again. There may be good ones but this experience will always keep me away from Days Inn.