My husband and I planned a weekend away in Pennsylvania last summer and wanted to make it a dual purpose trip -- see two of our favorite bands play together in Hershey and finally experience the former town/ghost town of Centralia. We located a town somewhat between both and ended up booking two nights at the Pottsville Motor Inn.
We pulled into the parking lot & it looked like any other low to mid priced motel from the outside. The manager on duty alerted us to a key deposit that was never mentioned anywhere when I booked through Travelocity, only $5 but it was lucky we had cash because he wasn't giving us the room without this deposit. He was rude, never smiled, and I had to mention our confirmation twice to remind him he was trying to overcharge us for the room. We did get our $5 back when we checked out.
The room smelled like the armpit of a wildebeest, likely because the window was glued shut. I couldn't walk barefoot on the carpet (and because this is a family friendly website I won't say what I thought might be all over the floor but needless to say it certainly helped contribute to the smell in the room). Worst of all was the bathroom. In the middle of the floor was an enormous purplish-gray stain that I would have bet my last dollar was their attempt at cleaning up a crime scene. No joke, I even took photos (attached) just in case a time ever came that we were questioned. They should have used more bleach. The water pressure in the shower was decent but the tub filled up quickly. The toilet wouldn't stop running and we had to shut it off at the valve.
The bed was typical for a motel bed (slightly lumpy and squeaky but not overly uncomfortable, just not home). Surprisingly the sheets felt and smelled clean and, although they were like sandpaper, I can say the same about the towels.
There was a dorm sized fridge that worked and a TV (with basic cable) which was good. The staff provided coffee packets and a coffee maker as well but the coffee maker hadn't been rinsed out for what appeared to be 6 months.
Bottom line, any positive rating I gave this place was solely due to its proximity to the things we wanted to see and do in central PA. If possible I would have given zeros to everything else. Don't waste your money or sanity on this poor excuse for a place to rest your head.
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