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Enzyme writes, "what about awful hotels, B&Bs, or friends' houses where you've had no choice but to stay the night?"

What, the place in Oxford that had the mattresses encased in plastic (crinkly noises all night), the place in Blackpool where the night manager would drum to the music on his ipod on the corridor walls as he did his rounds, or the place in Lancaster where the two single beds(!) collapsed through metal fatigue?

Add your crappy hotel experiences to our list.

(, Thu 17 Jan 2008, 16:05)
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The single worst place I've seen was the Toc H hostel in Gibraltar. it was pretty difficult to find the entrance (half-overgrown with vines) and as you walked up the garden path (littered with old boxes and other crap) you could smell rancid cooking oil. Already this seemed a bad idea. We passed in the garden the only toilets in the place. I say 'in', it was actually 'out' and it stank. The door didn't meet the floor or the ceiling, so at least you could see if it was occupied before finding out there was no lock on the door.
We stood in the open doorway in a cloud of chip fat vapour as a constant precession of mangy cats strolled in and out. We rang the bell and called a few times, but no-one answered, even though a chip pan of oil was on the go, so we buggered off.
Bloody glad we did as we found the Queen's Hotel up the road was really bloody good and cheap as anything.
(, Sat 19 Jan 2008, 22:24, 2 replies)
Are you sure this was actually a hostel...
... and not just some smelly old hovel belonging to a private individual?
(, Sat 19 Jan 2008, 23:40, closed)
Most certain indeed
they had a card with the rates in the window. Amazingly cheap, too (which is why we hd a look in the first place).
(, Sun 20 Jan 2008, 10:33, closed)

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