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Super 8, Oklahoma City, OK: Normal base chain stuff

No complaints, it is good and clean, but does not provide anything special. Our intention was to find original feeling of Route 66 and this is far of it, but it is our fault, not motel's. To be honest, this is perfect when travelling with car from A to B and you are with your family.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Motorcycle, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written December 18, 2011
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Riviera Roadsite Motel, Joplin, MO: Fake Italy, American owned, mute and deaf

Oh, what a nice sign they have with lot of promises. The room was not bad at all, no minuses and no pluses but the atmosphere and attitude of personnel was something I have never found before in U.S. I have understood that the service is always No 1, but probably clerks where deaf and mute. But to be positive. I needed a tool to repair my new bought belt and the hammer was the one. I asked that from reception and I got it! Without a word, but I got it and repaired my issues. ++ for this service.

In the evening we would like to have a dinner and as being European we taught that 9pm is perfect timing. Only one place was open, no lights on the road, no walk around, the area was planned for car (and we had motorcycles). How on earth you Americans can drink some beer? Are you drinking the beers before dinner, at 10 pm the environment was empty and dark. In U.S?!

We found a nice Italian based restaurants, took pizzas and some beer and the personnel was cleaning and sweeping the room almost all the time so we taught that they would like to go home. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the restaurant, it's some 1500f from this motel. Go and eat but before 9 pm.

Free internet they say, but at least to us it was free, when you walked 400 feet and took the other motel's connection. Reasonable but not so customer oriented.

The other unique was the pool. There was a pool, but instead of water it was full of leaves. Low season is not an excuse, 60F is not an excuse, 5F would be.

Cheapest on our route 45$ for two. Final result=ok, but only because of the hammer.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Motorcycle, Road Trip
  • Written December 17, 2011
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America's Best Value Inn, St. Louis, MO: Base stuff for economy travellers

After rainy day everything is ok. In normal condition I would say that this is inconvenient, dusty and dark, but it was dry enough, we were wet and freezing after 3 hour shower drive. Price was ok, 67$ for two and the scene and location was perfect to our purposes.

Plus bonuses, we got our motorcycles to open garage.

Free coffee, toast and fruits in reception.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip, Motorcycle
  • Written December 17, 2011
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835 Inn - Springfield IL: Nice and friendly

We came on late evening and got one of the last rooms. Exelent room and served breakfast was definately ok for our first stay in Route 66. The only minor minus was ONE king size bed for two men, but it was not Inn's fault, our choice was to take not to leave to look for next hotel. (The price was 127$).

The Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been honored as a Springfield landmark by the City of Springfield.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Road Trip, Motorcycle
  • Written December 17, 2011
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Sage Inn Motel - Santa Fe: shuttle service

Slightly more expensive than other accomodation in the South West, but under average prices compared to other Santa Fe hotels. Rooms nice & spacious, free shuttle service to the Main Plaza or Museum Hill. Service efficient but less friendly than elsewhere in the U.S.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written December 5, 2011

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San Juan River Inn - Mexican Hat: with riverview !

As accomodation closer to Monument Valley is quite expensive, this is the best option in my opinion: With a view of the San Juan River, only 20-25 minutes driving time to the Monument Valley, competitive rates and a good diner opposite the motel.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written December 5, 2011

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Parry`s Lodge - Kanab, Utah: Movie History

From the 1950`s to the 1970`s, Parry`s lodge was basically the headquarter for every film crew working on a Western movie in one of the picturesque locations of Southern Utah. The motel is proud of its history and has many star photos and movie billboards. The rooms are very nice, the rates competitive, and in summer they show free Western movies in the "Old Barn". Friendly service, too.

Kanab is an excellent base for Mount Zion Park (and 7 other parks).

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written December 5, 2011

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  • Reviews: 2015

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Excalibur Hotel Las Vegas: medieval theme

The casino is not very attractive, and the interior less spectacular than other Vegas hotels, but the rooms are great, and the Excalibur has usually bargain prices, making it a very cost-effective base. Located at the south end of the Las Vegas Boulevard.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written December 5, 2011

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Elaine`s Hollywood B&B: No "home away from home"

Despite a good location near Hollywood Boulevard and nice rooms, I would not recommend to choose this B&B. Unfriendly owners, overpriced, and the base levels smells like wet dog. Plenty of other options in L.A.

very close to Hollywood Boulevard

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written December 5, 2011

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the good ones are good though: be careful with USA hostels

The United States has a form of accommodation for all types of people and all pocketbooks. From swank Five Star Hotels to roadside fleabags, you'll find what you are looking for. As a rule, rooms are not particularly great value compared to similar level countries. While I prefer to camp when possible and use roadside cheapie motels when driving long distances in a day, there are some decent hostels in the USA too. That said, there are some awful ones. I've been eaten by bedbugs from Fort Collins, Colorado to Savannah, Georgia. The US just does not seem to get the idea that a hostel can be a clean nice place to stay for all ages. If they ever get it together as a group, it could revolutionize accommodation in this country.

When you do find a good one, it can be great. We've had good experiences in San Francisco and there was a very cool place in Taos, New Mexico on our last big trip. Check my individual pages for potential hostels in areas you are traveling to.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Camping, Budget Travel
  • Written June 20, 2010
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Motel 6 etc: cheap roadside motels

The United States has a form of accommodation for all types of people and all pocketbooks. From swank Five Star Hotels to roadside fleabags, you'll find what you are looking for. As a rule, rooms are not particularly great value compared to similar level countries. While camping presents the best value in the USA, some cannot be bothered sometimes it's not practical. At that point, I generally turn to a cheap roadside motel like Motel 6.

These small places are okay for a night or two and certainly serve their purpose for an overnight when you've been driving all day and just need a place to crash. Surprisingly, there are times when they are pretty damn nice.

Check my individual pages for details in cities you might be traveling. For instance, we got a great room in Las Vegas, NV for under $50 within walking distance to the Strip.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Casino and Gambling, Road Trip
  • Written June 20, 2010
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well, Motel 6 was right across the street


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hot springs, b&b's, chain hotels: where to stay from SF to LA

1. usually flights are cheap from la to sf on virgin, but i searched flights for two adults from la to sf around oct, 26th on virgin and got $79 on way per person, $358 total. if you rented from enterprise, it would be about $55 per day with basic insurance for economy then about $60 gas each way so i'll let you do the math. do you want time or efficiency?

2. drive time on coast, 10 hrs. (more if you stop for lunch, views, stretching, etc.)
drive time on hwy 101, 7-7.5 hrs going about 70mph (depending on actual l.a. location). sf to yosemite (valley basin) is 3.5 hrs.

3. stay in san luis obispo. it's half way. there's a travel lodge right off the marsh st. exit if you just want to sleep or you couldstay at the garden st. inn B&B. if you want something more couple-intimate, luxurious, stay at the sycamore hot springs near avila just ten mins. south. it's AWESOME.

http://www.sycamoresprings.com/

http://www.gardenstreetinn.com/

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  • Written May 29, 2010

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  • Reviews: 5

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Millenium Hotel, New York City: Millenium Hotel

OCT-2008:
My company booked me this hotel because of its close proximity to the UN (just across the street). Even with my corporate discount , the rate was USD 369 per night (not including taxes). This is a high rate given that the hotel was just average in it service and facilities. The only memorable experience was the NY skyline view from my room on the 34th floor.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written November 15, 2008

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Wyndham: Wyndham - Chicago O'Hare

AUG-2008: Aircraft technical problem on the way to Hong Kong required the aireline to put us passengers in multiple hotels for the night. I ended up at his hotel near the airport.

Given that I did not have to pay for the stay, there is not much in terms of criticism I can report. The main dining room was closed for service by the time I arraived, the the bar was still open and I was able to get a decent sandwitch.

The room was fine and the shuttle service to/from the airport was on time.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written November 15, 2008

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Worldmark Resorts

I posted this as a reply to someone who asked about Worldmark. For those of you who dont know WM is similar to a time share but it has alot more advantages. A typical timeshare ownership is usually for a specific unit at a specific resort during a specific week of the year and if you cant make it out there then you're SOL. With Worldmark you pay for credits that renew every year and you use those credits to book your stay at any of their resorts. You can book a small studio unit or a 4 bedroom presidental unit with fine china and a private hottub, you can book for 1 night, a week or for as long as you want (if you have enough credits of course)

I love WM, its a good value if you use it and you know how to get the most of it. The most important thing is not to buy from the developer, buy resell. There is virtually no difference other than resell is about $.50 a credit and developer credits are about $1.98.

I have 6,000 credits which is pretty much the minimum but that doesnt stop me from taking any trips. By having the minimum amount of credits I pay fewer maintenance fees but since that amount is only enough for a 1 bedroom unit in Blue or White season (not peak travel times) at most of the resorts I have other options like renting one time use credits from other owners for about $.05-.06 a credit or not spending a full 7 days. Also your credits will roll over to the next year and you can borrow from the year ahead so with a 6000 credit package I can wait a year then borrow and have 18,000 credits if I wanted to take a long vacation or get a much larger unit.

If you were concerned about using 3 years of credits at once and think you wont be able to take another trip for a while they have another great thing called bonus time which is something you can do 14 days out or 30 for Hawaii and Fiji which allows you to rent the unit for cash instead of credits at 4.6cents a credit (usually about $30-45 a night). You can also get that same deal on some locations 60 days out if they list them as an Inventory Special.

Another great thing is exchanges with RCI and II, you can do this far in advance (credits depend on size of unit and season) or if you wait until 60 days out with II (45 with RCI)you can pick out any size, any location for only 4000 credits and this includes the Disney Vacation Club resorts that people pay top dollar for.

I wouldnt really recommend it for people living on the East coast until they build some more resorts out that way. If you live on the west coast or mid west you could take advantage of lots of mini-vacations with bonus time to places close to home. I live in Austin, TX and they just built a resort in a town about an hour a way which really made owning worth it to me.

The best place to learn about WM is from other owners at www.WMOwners.com

also to compair credit cost and look at the different resorts check out https://www.worldmarktheclub.com/resorts/

By the way I am not an employee of the developer I am just an owner who loves WM.

Its like having a place to call home no matter where you are, you can't get that from a hotel.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Family Travel, Spa and Resort, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written November 13, 2008

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