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Old Apr 04, 2007, 10:21 AM
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Where do you stay when you're on the road?

Arbo posted a query about the lack of hygiene in motels, and I didn't want to hijack his thread, but it got me thinking - where do you guys like to stay?

I usually try to get into Choice Hotels (Comfort Inn, etc) as I've found them good, on the whole. I have a loyalty card, and I travel quite a bit for work, so its a nice perk to accumulate free nights for when I travel with the family.

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Old Apr 04, 2007, 10:35 AM
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On our recent roadtrip along the Mississippi, we got into whatever was cheapest We had a few places with 70s furniture falling apart, burn marks in the carpet, and a funny burning smell in one due to, well, the room 2 doors down being completely burned out All establishments were clean though, or at least they looked clean.
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Old Apr 04, 2007, 10:44 AM
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When I'm on any extended trip, I stay in my motor home. Gas prices suck these days, but dollar for dollar the motor home is a great cost saver. No motels or restaurants (mostly) saves a big bundle. Plus, I can carry a few of my planes on the trip with me. Never know when I find a club field . . . the members almost always invite me to fly (if I put on my wistful / hopeful face, that is).
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Old Apr 04, 2007, 11:15 AM
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Hampton Inns lately have been good quality for decent prices with a usually "ok" breakfast.

For the family, it has to be a suite type hotel that sleeps 6.
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Old Apr 04, 2007, 11:42 AM
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We've always been happy with La Quinta., Be sure and ask for unposted special discounts (AAA, aarp, state employee -- doesn't matter what state).

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Old Apr 04, 2007, 02:35 PM
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I've had good luck in Red Roofs.
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Old Apr 04, 2007, 03:53 PM
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Being a college student, I stay in friends fraternity houses, dorm rooms, apartments, etc. on my way between West Texas and Indiana. Not the cleanest of places, but there are always a beverage or six and good company waiting for me.

With the family, we usually stay in an Embassy Suites or Doubletree if there is one in town. They seem clean, but hotels are hotels and I think they are all pretty nasty. I found a stack of really nasty (waaaay worse than Playboy) magazines hidden underneath the folding couch in an Embassy Suites, for example. I wanted to sleep in the car.
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Old Apr 04, 2007, 05:15 PM
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I've had good luck in Red Roofs.
Steer clear of the RR on the north side of Madison, WI. Sleeping in your car at a rest stop is quieter, cleaner, more comfortable, and likely safer than the crumbling concrete tomb we found ourselves in there.
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Old Apr 04, 2007, 05:45 PM
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Old Apr 04, 2007, 08:36 PM
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Hampton Inn (Hilton), Courtyard (Marriott) or La Quinta when traveling on business.

Hilton, Marriott or like when traveling with wife (controls pursestrings so I have to use my business points to make her happy so I can buy more fun stuff!).

At least visit the Marriott Marquee in NYC, the elevators are amazing.

Overall, I would say Hampton Inn is the most consistent, and have yet to be TOO disappointed in any of them.

Where are you headed?
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Old Apr 04, 2007, 08:54 PM
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All establishments were clean though, or at least they looked clean.

Just don't go in with a blacklight.
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Old Apr 04, 2007, 09:42 PM
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New or recently remodeled holiday inns can be nice. Some Red Lions can have great locations/views.

If we have time, it's worth poking in a few non-franchise hotels.
Odds of finding a good one are not high, but when you do they can be very nice and cheaper.

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Old Apr 04, 2007, 10:08 PM
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Where would Howie Mandel stay?

That's the cleanest place right?
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Old Apr 05, 2007, 07:02 AM
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Almost any of the Marriott brands for me, in general. Hilton if I can't get those.
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Old Apr 05, 2007, 01:27 PM
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