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  # 1240124 16-Feb-2015 15:53
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Wasnt a hotel but... pre-kid years, wife had to do a sales trip around South Island, so I tagged along (for free :) ) as her driver/bodyguard/IT guy - we flew into Invercargill in the evening, got the rental in the morning and off we went... eventually ended up in Dunedin but couldnt find parking anywhere to do the shop visits, so thought we'd just goto a motel to stay the night and try again in the morning. Not a thing was available, EVERYTHING was booked out due to all the Uni students arriving back, their families, and some festival going on. 

So we flagged Dunedin and kept heading north thinking we'd find somewhere nearby to stay. 

54km away we finally saw a sign that said "motel" and didnt have the "NO" lit up. I dont know what time it was, we were shattered and hungry. So we pulled in and went to book a room. The lady looked at us and said "you sure you dont want to stay up the road, theres a nice fancy motel there" - alarm bells shouldve started ringing.
"We tend to be more for the truckers etc"

We stayed. We shouldnt have. 

Woven steel bed. Major roll together. Shared toilet/shower. Railway right behind. Trucks pulling in all the night. Someone went into the room next to us and started talking on their phone. We could hear every word as clear as if he was in the room with us. No sleep. Next morning wife refused to goto bathroom unless I was standing outside (shes watched movies like Wrong Turn too many times). Found scratch marks on the wall of the room as if someone had been clawing to get out.

On the plus side, the staff were lovely the food was good and it was cheap.

We treated ourselves to a really nice place for a couple of nights when we finally got to Christchurch.

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  # 1242841 20-Feb-2015 09:35
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How does this work - don't you still have to line up to get your key card?

Accor now let you check in on line the day before!

I actually think Accor do a pretty good job.  Recently stayed in the Mercure in Melbourne.  Nice room, quiet, good location $AU 105/night.  The upgraded us from Queen to King and chucked in free Wi-Fi we could use anywhere in the hotel.




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  # 1242879 20-Feb-2015 10:16
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European hotels that have a thing for only providing a duvet (no sheets/blankets) even in the middle of summer. After one trip trying to get to sleep under a towel, I invested in a sleeping bag liner.

The crapt@cular New York hotel that our company insisted on using. Sticky floors, noisy air con, the works. I didn't witness it first hand, but one guy I worked with was certain his carpet had bloodstains in it. But partners/senior managers always seemed to be assigned the nice rooms/suites. "I don't know why everyone complains about this hotel, I think it's nice". They finally stuffed up one time and stuck the DCE in one of the dives the rest of us had to use. The official company hotel was changed the next day. To one that had a doof doof nightclub on the ground floor. It was still progress.

The hotel in the highest bit of the Scottish highlands (a *looong* drive). Battery powered smoke alarms that let off a warning beep when the battery was going flat. Hotel manager couldn't find the one that was beeping. Said we should just put up with it. The wrath of Mrs MDF was unleashed at that point (I went to cower behind the bed). Eventually they found the offending smoke alarm. It was in the roof and the noise was coming through the shower ventilation duct. Quite why the shower was venting in to the roof I don't know.

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  # 1242903 20-Feb-2015 10:42
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The Problem I see in most hotels in the Setup of the TV's. Various Problems.

Latest Hotel I stayed in (Novatel Hamilton) had their TV feed (The hotel system) via VGA for video and 3.5M plug for Audio. The quality was REALLY bad. It looked like everything was scaled down to 800x600
The Hotel systems IR receiver for the remote was so low compared to the TV whilst lying down that you could not change channels unless you stood up from the bed!

Other Hotel systems which always get the Aspect ratio wrong so you have to change it yourself manually on the TV when watching different channels

Another Hotel  I stayed in had 3 TV's in it, but none where viewable properly from the bed.

Another problem I notice a lot is noise.. fridges which hum (I just turn them off if they do as I don't care what is in them normally), Aircon which makes a huge noise even on a low setting!

And last of all.. Food in the Minibar which has expired!!

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  # 1242928 20-Feb-2015 10:47
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mdf: European hotels that have a thing for only providing a duvet (no sheets/blankets) even in the middle of summer. After one trip trying to get to sleep under a towel, I invested in a sleeping bag liner.

Triple sheeting is pretty much becoming the norm now everywhere in the world for hotels. It's vasty more hygienic than having a bedspread.

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