We went to Atwater for a family event, and since this hotel is really the only one in town it seemed like a decent enough choice. We knew it wouldn't be luxurious by any standard but still an acceptable place to shower & sleep, and that was really all we needed.
However after about an hour's resting in our room, collapsed from a long hot drive, we were jerked awake by a really, really loud freight train--the tracks are right on the other side of the motel's back fence. Oh, and then we discovered bugs. Live bugs at the head of the bed. Plus dead ones scattered along the baseboard. And some other very unappetizing evidence of not-so-thorough cleaning. It was the one-two punch to our top hotel requirements: quiet and cleanliness. We were outta' there.
To the desk clerk's credit, he was dismayed about our buggy discovery and instantaneously offered us full refund. No push back at all. I give this place a "terrible/one" level rating for the bugs, the general poor attention to cleaning, and omg the trains. We've stayed in our share of pretty mediocre/bad places over the years and managed to tough them out, and this is the first time we have EVER packed up and left. I do want to acknowledge, though, that they were apologetic about the bug problem and returned our money without any hassle.
If you're travelling in the area I would suggest a short drive south to Merced where there are numerous other motels to choose from. It's what we did.
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