Our bathroom was infested with earwigs! They're brown bugs, about one inch long, with antennas, and look sort of like ants, except that they have large pincers on their end. A quick Google search told me they are mostly nocturnal, which explained why we saw only one or two during the day, and well over a dozen at night. They also apparently like damp, wet places, which is probably why they seemed to love our bathroom so much. So every time one of us would walk into the bathroom, you'd have to check for earwigs first. And they were everywhere: on the floor, on the walls, on the door, climbing up the sink, in the bath tub. The last morning I even found one on my washcloth and another in a bath towel. Ick! It ruined my entire stay at this motel! I mean, who wants to sit on the toilet, wondering when the next bug with pincers on its butt is gonna come out from hiding? There were just way too many of them. Every time we found one, we'd flush it down the toilet, only to find a few more of its friends the next time we were in the bathroom. Since these bugs are nocturnal, perhaps the staff is unaware how bad the infestation really is, or that there is one at all.
I was also concerned by the hole in the wall I found hidden behind the night stand. The hole had a bunch of wires sticking out if it, and the wires appeared frayed and damaged. Looked like a fire or electricuation hazard. Which was unnerving seeing as my bed sheets were only six inches away from these wires. And if a young child was in the room, it would be very easy for them to stick their little hand behind the nightstand and touch the wires. Not safe!
The bed was very uncomfortable and lumpy, as were the pillows. The towels were as dry as sandpaper, so consider bringing your own. Also, there was not enough room on the towel racks for the towels to dry, so they would always be damp the next morning. (Perhaps contributing to the earwig problem?)
The metal around the mirror in the bathroom as well as the shower curtain rod both had rust on them. That also really concerned me. Rust in a hotel room is simply not acceptable!
To the housekeepers' credit, the room was very clean. Well vacuumed, and the refridgerator and microwave were spotless. I felt comfortable using them.
They did have a pool, which we wanted to use one night when we came home around 7:30, but unfortunately we found the pool already locked, even though there was still a good hour or two of daylight left that we would have liked to enjoy outside.
To their credit, the owners were friendly, and this hotel was much cheaper than most others on the Cape. It is also in a good location. But between the earwig infestation, the hole in the wall with the wires sticking out, and the rust in the bathroom, I won't be back. And I definitely wouldn't recommend this place to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our rooms are nicely appointed offering clean and comfortable accommodations at a great value. Free parking outside your room and breakfast included in high season. The property offers a large outdoor swimming pool and cook out area with picnic benches and grills. Red River Beach is waking distance from the Inn just across the road down Deep Hole Road. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Handkerchief Shoals Hotel South Harwich