I will never stay at this hotel again. I lasted less than an hour before I became so irritated at the filth of the place, the primitive conditions, the run-down rooms and common areas, the wireless internet that did not work, and the owner's steadfast insistence that nothing was wrong. I left in a huff and will do all I can to let people know what I have experienced.
First, there was no one at the desk. When I finally got to my room, in a slum-like hallway with chipped paint and dirty paths, I arrived in a filthy room. I ran my fingers across the counters and bathtub and they were completely dark brown with one swipe. I have never seen such filth in my life -- 27 years of staying in hotels and this was the worst. I would have picked up the phone, but there was none in the room. Again, not mentioned on the website. I used my cell to call the owner, who asked whether I could wait until morning for the maid to do clean up. I said no. I then found crumbs and other junk on the shelves in the kitchen. The inside of the coffee mugs were covered with dirt and other junk.
The wireless internet did not work, as promised. The owner claims he tried to fix it, "bending over backwards" -- in his words, but it only made it worse.
I told the owner I could not stay there. He said I'd have to pay for that night. I said I'd sooner call the police and the hotel regulators than stay there another night. He then said, "Get out" and said he'd refund my money. As I waited for my cab, he proceeded to insult me, saying, "I don't know what you do for a living that you need 15 bags." I had four bags, and I am on a book tour. I am also a mediator with a law degree and told him this. That he would get so personally insulting based on his own bad behavior showed what I viewed as immaturity on his part. He called me "Unbelievable" and when I said "Wow!" he mocked me as I walked out the door.
I will NEVER, EVER, AS LONG AS I LIVE return to this poorly-described hotel. If you want to be treated poorly and sleep in a filthy room, this is the place for you.
It was not worth $80+ a night that I paid.
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