They take your money before they show you the room, but because it's in The Rough Guide, we stupidly coughed up before we saw it. It was cramped, with a low, sloping ceiling, we had to walk about bent double. An unlocked door led to another room. We locked the door but the following day it was unlocked again, and a child wandered into our room ! We had to ask him to leave, and after that were concerned about the security of our belongings. You could either hang your clothes up or sit at the table - not both - because the clothes rail (there was no wardrobe) was directly over the table. The microwave and toaster were on the floor - we had to kneel to use them. The TV did not work most of the time. The electrics were a dodgy collection of wires behind the TV. The ceiling was so low we could not sit up in bed. The "breakfast" was instant coffee (no kettle) and packets of junk food. There was a plastic table of filthy junk outside the door of our room, sea shells, dried grass and some old plastic fabric. The blinds did not keep the light out (Alaska in June, you need good curtains against the constant light) We solved the hanging clothes problem by draping some of our clothes over the blinds to block some of the light.
To be fair, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was OK. But she already had our money - what could we do ? We'd booked and paid for 3 nights, but left after 2. The most unpleasant accommodation I have ever stayed in. We felt really gullible for allowing ourselves to be ripped off like this, and have vowed never again to pay before we see the room.
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