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Motel Hell-O:错的逗留故事以及如何避免他们的故事

Sometimes even the most road-ready travellers, those paragons of research, and disciples of detail manage to wind up in less than stellar accommodations.有时,即使是最适合上路的旅行者,那些研究的典范和细节的门徒也能在比一流的住宿环境中胜出。 What happened?发生了什么? And how can you avoid falling into the same trap?以及如何避免陷入同一陷阱? Meet five seasoned travel correspondents, people you would never expect to find spending the night in less than comfortable digs.与五个经验丰富的旅行记者会面,这是您永远都不会想到的人,他们花的时间不如在舒适的地方度过。 Read on and learn from their mistakes and winning strategies.阅读并学习他们的错误和获胜策略。

寻找好的汽车旅馆的标志-艾米丽·奥夫斯(Emily Overes)摄

寻找优质汽车旅馆的标志–艾米丽·奥夫斯(Emily Overes)摄影

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Say hello to Michele Peterson.向米歇尔·彼得森问好。 Her website,她的网站, Travel.ca的味道,是自助餐,提供国际美食冒险,食谱和旅行小贴士,她在寻找下一个大口味时从世界各地收集。

科堡的乔治国王酒店(King George Hotel)有故事可讲-图片Michele Peterson

科堡的乔治国王酒店(King George King)讲的故事–照片Michele Peterson

Michele写道:“在最后一刻,我曾经在安大略省科堡的乔治国王酒店住过,并将其描述为古怪是一种轻描淡写的说法。 (注意:这些是真实的小节,而不是迷你小节)。 “尽管历史爱好者可能会发现它很有趣,但根据电视连续剧,它也被认为是加拿大超自然活动程度最高的国家之一 救援媒介。 It was so unsettling to my Guatemalan husband that he hung a rosary in the window.我的危地马拉丈夫感到非常不安,以至于他在窗户上挂了一串念珠。 This was after I told him there was no way he was going to sleep in his pick-up truck and leave me alone in there.这是在我告诉他之后,他无法在他的皮卡车上睡觉,让我一个人呆在那里。 There was a big moon outside our window that added to the experience.窗外有一个大月亮增加了体验。 So, not much sleep!因此,睡眠不足! We could not wait to check out!”我们等不及要退房了!” I believe her.我相信她The combination of iron bars, striped wallpaper and tiny windows looks very claustrophobic on铁条,条纹墙纸和小窗户的组合看起来非常幽闭恐怖 到到网.

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Mary Chong has travelled the world from Aruba to Asia and beyond.玛丽·庄(Mary Chong)从阿鲁巴(Aruba)到世界各地旅行,环游世界。 She partners with internationally known brands and stays at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.她与国际知名品牌合作,并在世界上一些最豪华的酒店住宿。 Her website,她的网站, CalculatedTraveller.com,其中包含大量信息,包括如何充分利用每一个宝贵的旅行便士。 But even a savvy traveller like Mary can get bamboozled occasionally.但是,即使像玛丽这样的精明旅行者也偶尔会感到毛骨悚然。

Ait-Ben-Haddou市,摩洛哥-我们的中途站之一-照片Mary Chong

摩洛哥Ait-Ben-Haddou市–我们的停留点之一–照片Mary Chong

“在国外旅行时,您不仅需要看星级,高大的名字和光鲜的小册子。 After a fabulous stay in a luxurious在豪华的神话般的住宿之后 里亚德 in Marrakesh, (an authentic tiled townhouse with a central garden courtyard), my husband and I ventured out on a small-group tour through the Atlas Mountains of Morocco that we booked in Jemaa el-Fna square.在马拉喀什(带有中央花园庭院的地道瓷砖联排别墅)中,我和我丈夫冒险进行了一次小团体游,游览了我们在Jemaa el-Fna广场预定的摩洛哥阿特拉斯山脉。 We were ecstatic to see that our road trip itinerary included an overnight stay at a 4.5-star我们欣喜若狂,看到我们的旅行行程包括在XNUMX星级酒店过夜 客栈 in the mountains.在群山中。 We imagined an evening stargazing at the moonlit sky at the inn while we sipped our mint tea.我们想象着一个晚上凝视着客栈的月光下的天空,一边we着薄荷茶。

What we experienced upon arrival was a room with no furnishings except for a bed, no heat, an exposed light bulb ceiling feature, scratchy bedding and towels, and cold water streaming from the brass laundry tap in the doorless bathroom.我们抵达时所体验到的是一间没有家具的房间,除了床,没有暖气,裸露的灯泡天花板,刮擦的床上用品和毛巾,以及无门浴室的黄铜洗衣龙头流出的冷水。 The just-bigger-than a twin-sized bed was more than enough room for us as we huddled together for warmth, while the wind billowed the window curtains and howled through the night.”当我们挤在一起保暖时,比一张单人床大得多的单人床对我们来说已经足够了,而风却卷起窗帘,彻夜led叫。 One website for this hotel made it look amazing, and the reviews were glowing.这家酒店的一个网站使它看起来很棒,并且评论令人眼前一亮。 Read Mary's tips for cross-referencing sites below.阅读下面有关交叉引用网站的Mary提示。

一笔好买卖变得非常糟糕

珍妮弗·梅里克(Jennifer Merrick),旅行作家,来自多伦多的ESL老师都很喜欢家庭旅行,尤其是公路旅行。 You can follow her adventures on Instagram您可以在Instagram上关注她的冒险经历 @詹妮弗·梅里克3,但您可能找不到这个非常安静的汽车旅馆的许多照片。

“在预算有限的情况下与家人出行有时需要一定的创造力和机智。 Staying in more off-the-beaten-track locations and scouring the net for an off-season rate has yielded us some fab deals, so I was quite pleased about my 'find'.呆在其他人迹罕至的地点,并在网上寻找淡季价格,这给我们带来了一些晶圆厂交易,所以我对自己的“发现”感到非常满意。 It was a two-night family stay in a New England mountain resort for $60 a night, including breakfast.这是一个在新英格兰山区度假胜地住了两晚的住宿,每晚XNUMX美元,包括早餐。 What an ideal way to break up our drive back from the Maritimes and enjoy some hiking!分手从海上回来享受远足的理想方式!

The pictures of the 70-room hotel looked a little dated, but the reviews were good.这家拥有XNUMX间客房的酒店的照片看起来有些陈旧,但是评论很好。 When we arrived late afternoon, the hotel looked precisely as it had in the pictures.当我们下午晚些时候到达时,酒店的外观与图片中的外观完全一样。 But strangely our car was the only one in the parking lot.但是奇怪的是我们的车是停车场里唯一的车。 We walked into the lobby.我们走进大厅。 Empty.空的We walked up to the reception desk.我们走到接待处。 No one was there.没有人在那里。 Just as we were about to walk out, a man appeared and took our reservation and gave us our keys.就在我们要走出去的时候,一个男人出现了,接了我们的预订,给了我们钥匙。

“有人在这里住吗?”我笑着,试图发出声音。

“是的。”他用剪短的声音说,结束了谈话。

The Shining's Overlook酒店的空走廊。 Photo from the movie by Warner Bros.华纳兄弟电影公司的照片。

But if there were guests here, we didn't see any.但是,如果这里有客人,我们什么也没看到。 Not in the games room, the hallways or outside, where the seating areas were deserted.不在游戏室,走廊或外面,座位区空无一人。 My mind floated to the movie我的思绪浮现在电影里 闪灵。 I tried to brush those thoughts away as we played ping pong in the empty games room.当我们在空旷的游戏室打乒乓球时,我试图抹去那些念头。 Later in the evening, we had a campfire in one of the fire pits and sat outside by ourselves, looking up at the dark windows of the resort, which was appearing more and more ominous.傍晚,我们在一个篝火旁篝火旁,独自一人坐在外面,抬头看着度假村的黑暗窗户,窗户越来越不祥。 It was not the best night's sleep with every creak magnified by the emptiness.这不是最好的一夜睡眠,每一个吱吱声都被空虚放大。 Alone in the dining room for breakfast, the receptionist from the night before silently served and cooked us a meal.接待员独自在饭厅里吃早餐,从前一晚的晚上开始默默地为我们做饭。 We decided not to stay the second night.”我们决定不住第二晚。”

幸福的蓝鸟

Not all motel stories end in disaster.并非所有的汽车旅馆故事都以灾难告终。 Dan and Emily Overes love to travel the back roads and byways of Alberta searching for ghost towns, grain elevators and abandoned farmsteads with their dog, Tucker.丹(Dan)和艾米丽·奥弗雷斯(Emily Overes)喜欢与艾伯塔省(Alberta)的小路和小路一起走,寻找幽灵小镇,谷物升降机和废弃的农舍,带上他们的狗狗塔克(Tucker)。 Dan creates wonderful drone and photo videos complete with historical details on his YouTube channel丹(Dan)在他的YouTube频道上创作了精彩的无人机和照片视频,并附有历史细节 丹OCan。 They're fans of mid-century modern too, so of course, they took a trip on Route 66 in 2019.他们也是中世纪现代风格的粉丝,因此,他们当然会在XNUMX年沿XNUMX号公路旅行。

新墨西哥州蓝燕汽车旅馆的复古美食-照片Emily Overes

新墨西哥州的Blue Swallow Motel汽车旅馆提供复古美食–照片Emily Overes

“当我们计划在66号公路旅行时,我们只需要住在XNUMX家汽车旅馆中的XNUMX家,”艾米丽说。 “最重要的是 蓝燕汽车旅馆 in Tucumcari, New Mexico.在新墨西哥州图克姆卡里。 The Blue Swallow was special because they've done such a great job keeping the rooms true to the look of the '30s.蓝燕子之所以与众不同,是因为他们做得非常出色,使房间保持了1年代的真实外观。 It was one of the original motor courts.这是原始的赛车场之一。 We stayed in Room 20 of about 120 which was meticulously appointed with genuine antiques including an original vintage chenille bedspread.我们住在约XNUMX的房间XNUMX,房间是由真正的古董精心挑选的,包括原始的老式雪尼尔床罩。 The bathroom was tiny, but we wouldn't have traded our stay there for anything.浴室很小,但是我们不会在这里换任何东西。 One surprise we had was the communal evening bonfire.我们有一个惊喜是公共篝火晚会。 Since it was a fairly small group of people, everyone got to know each other, and that was great.由于这是一小群人,每个人都可以互相认识,这很棒。 And the rates were very reasonable.而且价格非常合理。 We bought souvenirs, including a vintage room key and our bill was still less than $XNUMX.”我们购买了包括古董房钥匙在内的纪念品,但账单仍不到XNUMX美元。”

避免汽车旅馆崩溃的重要提示

  • Always try to book ahead.始终尝试提前预订。 For popular spots like the Blue Swallow Motel, the Overes reserved several months in advance.对于Blue Swallow Motel等热门景点,Overes提前几个月预订。
  • Don't book when you're tired or desperate.疲劳或绝望时不要预订。 Leave some time to cross-reference reviews on as many platforms as you can including Google, TripAdvisor, Yelp, and local sites.留出一些时间在尽可能多的平台上交叉引用评论,包括Google,TripAdvisor,Yelp和本地站点。
  • 对于欧洲和亚洲的预订,Mary Chong建议使用Agoda。
  • 花时间回顾实际旅行者拍摄的照片,而不仅仅是查看酒店的美丽照片。
  • 直接致电汽车旅馆通常会给您带来比在线整合商更高的价格或更好的价格。
  • If in doubt, pick a well-known chain.如有疑问,请选择知名的连锁店。 If problems arise, they'll be more likely to assist.如果出现问题,他们将更有可能提供帮助。

DISCLAIMER: We hope you enjoyed these travel tips, however, while COVID-19 is ongoing, #stayhome and #staysafe until we can travel safely again.免责声明:我们希望您喜欢这些旅行提示,但是,当COVID-XNUMX正在进行时,请#stayhome和#staysafe直到我们可以再次安全旅行为止。 Adhere to all federal and provincial travel guidelines.遵守所有联邦和省旅行指南。 If you must travel, wear a mask in public places, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing.如果您必须旅行,请在公共场所戴着口罩,经常洗手,并进行社交疏导。 Ask in advance about COVID related cleaning procedures in place at hotels and motels and don't stay anywhere that does not have them in place.事先询问旅馆和汽车旅馆中与COVID相关的清洁程序,不要将其停留在没有清洁程序的地方。

这个故事的编辑一直呆在一些垃圾堆里,但这是另一个故事。 As always, her opinions are her own.一如既往,她的意见是她自己的。 For photos of beautiful properties, and her cat, follow her on Instagram要获取美丽的房产和她的猫的照片,请在Instagram上关注她 @ Where.To.Lady。

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