So there is a little place called Namsos, and unlike New York, it's -not- the city that never sleeps. It has a total of two hotels at the number of writing, so options limited themselves by default.
Henceforth, I checked in at Tino's, as smaller non-chain hotels typically offer a little bit less of a stereotypical experience. It was only for three nights, but still - give the little ones a chance.
The hotel itself is small and modest, and believe it or not, as opposed to further stereotype, this Italian-sounding hotel is actually run by real Italians! The room showed signs of age, but it was clean and spaceous. No minibar, and thank goodness for that.
The downstairs restaurant was quite good, come dinnertime, although breakfast could safely be called spartan, but I ate well nonetheless.
As for housekeeping, there wasn't any during my Friday to Monday stay. By and large, however, I don't mind at all. I kind-of realized that I felt a bit privately grateful for returning to find my room untouched in the evenings. Also, I find that it is hugely excessive to have my bed linen changed and made every day, so that didn't bother me the slightest. Of course, that being said, the wallet part of me is left with the discontentment that rooms could stand to be cheaper, given the modesty and frugality of the establishment, but given the town's size and Tino's disadvantageous position in the shadow of the new Rica hotel just a stone's throw away (everything in Namsos is roughly a stone's throw away at the farthest), I am glad I chose this little charmer over Rica.
So if you're going to Namsos - give Tino's a chance. You won't be impressed, but there is more to life than saving $30/night.
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