Sometimes even the most road-ready travellers, those paragons of research, and disciples of detail manage to wind up in less than stellar accommodations.有時,即使是最適合上路的旅行者,那些研究的典範和細節的門徒也能在比一流的住宿環境中勝出。 What happened?發生了什麼? And how can you avoid falling into the same trap?並且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.與五個經驗豐富的旅行記者會面,這是您永遠都不會想到的人,他們花的時間不如在舒適的地方度過。 Read on and learn from their mistakes and winning strategies.閱讀並學習他們的錯誤和獲勝策略。

尋找好的汽車旅館的標誌-艾米麗·奧夫斯(Emily Overes)攝

尋找優質汽車旅館的標誌–艾米麗·奧夫斯(Emily Overes)攝影

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Say hello to Michele Peterson.向米歇爾·彼得森問好。 Her website,她的網站, Travel.ca的味道,是自助餐,提供國際美食冒險,食譜和旅行小貼士,她在搜尋下一個大口味時從世界各地收集。

科堡的喬治國王酒店(King George Hotel)有故事可講-圖片Michele Peterson

科堡的喬治國王酒店(King George King)講的故事–照片Michele Peterson

Michele寫道:“在最後一刻,我曾經在安大略省科堡的喬治國王酒店住過,並稱其為古怪,這是一種輕描淡寫。 (注意:這些是真實的小節,而不是迷你小節)。 “儘管歷史愛好者可能會發現它很有趣,但根據電視連續劇,它也被認為是加拿大超自然活動程度最高的國家之一 救援媒介。 It was so unsettling to my Guatemalan husband that he hung a rosary in the window.我的危地馬拉丈夫感到非常不安,以至於他在窗戶上掛了一串念珠。 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.這是在我告訴他之後,他無法在他的皮卡車上睡覺,讓我一個人呆在那裡。 There was a big moon outside our window that added to the experience.窗外有一個大月亮增加了體驗。 So, not much sleep!因此,睡眠不足! We could not wait to check out!”我們等不及要退房了!” I believe her.我相信她The combination of iron bars, striped wallpaper and tiny windows looks very claustrophobic on鐵條,條紋牆紙和小窗戶的組合看起來非常幽閉恐怖 到到網.

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Mary Chong has travelled the world from Aruba to Asia and beyond.瑪麗·莊(Mary Chong)從阿魯巴(Aruba)到世界各地旅行,環遊世界。 She partners with internationally known brands and stays at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.她與國際知名品牌合作,並在世界上一些最豪華的酒店住宿。 Her website,她的網站, CalculatedTraveller.com,其中包含大量信息,包括如何充分利用每一個寶貴的旅行便士。 But even a savvy traveller like Mary can get bamboozled occasionally.但是,即使像瑪麗這樣的精明旅行者也偶爾會感到毛骨悚然。

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

摩洛哥Ait-Ben-Haddou市–我們的停留點之一–照片Mary Chong

“在國外旅行時,您不僅需要看星級,高大的名字和光鮮的小冊子。 After a fabulous stay in a luxurious在豪華的神話般的住宿之後 里亞德 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.在馬拉喀什(帶有中央花園庭院的地道瓷磚聯排別墅)中,我和我丈夫冒險進行了一次小型團體遊,遊覽了我們在Jemaa el-Fna廣場預定的摩洛哥阿特拉斯山脈。 We were ecstatic to see that our road trip itinerary included an overnight stay at a 4.5-star我們欣喜若狂,看到我們的旅行行程包括在XNUMX星級的酒店過夜 客棧 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.我們想像著一個晚上凝視著客棧的月光下的天空,一邊we著薄荷茶。

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.我們抵達時所體驗到的是一間沒有家具的房間,除了床,沒有暖氣,外露的燈泡天花板,刮擦的床上用品和毛巾,以及無門浴室的黃銅洗衣龍頭流出的冷水。 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.”當我們擠在一起保暖時,比一張單人床大得多的單人床對我們來說已經足夠了,而風則使窗簾捲起,徹夜how叫。 One website for this hotel made it look amazing, and the reviews were glowing.這家酒店的一個網站使它看起來很棒,並且評論令人眼前一亮。 Read Mary's tips for cross-referencing sites below.閱讀下面有關交叉引用網站的Mary提示。

一筆好買賣變得非常糟糕

珍妮弗·梅里克(Jennifer Merrick),旅行作家,多倫多的ESL老師都很喜歡家庭旅行,尤其是公路旅行。 You can follow her adventures on Instagram您可以在Instagram上關注她的冒險經歷 @詹妮弗·梅里克3,但您可能找不到這個非常安靜的汽車旅館的許多照片。

“在預算有限的情況下與家人出行有時需要一定的創造力和機智。 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'.呆在其他人跡罕至的地點,並在網上尋找淡季價格,這給我們帶來了一些晶圓廠交易,所以我對自己的“發現”感到非常滿意。 It was a two-night family stay in a New England mountain resort for $60 a night, including breakfast.這是一個在新英格蘭山區度假勝地住了兩晚的住宿,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!分手從海上回來享受遠足的理想方式!

這家擁有70間客房的酒店的照片看起來有些過時,但是評論很好。 當我們下午晚些時候到達時,酒店的外觀與圖片中的外觀完全一樣。 但是奇怪的是我們的車是停車場裡唯一的車。 我們走進大廳。 空的我們走到接待處。 沒有人在那裡。 就在我們要走出去的時候,一個男人出現了,接了我們的預訂並給了我們鑰匙。

“有人在這裡住嗎?”我笑著,試圖發出聲音。

“是的。”他用剪短的聲音說,停止了談話。

The Shining's Overlook酒店的空走廊。 華納兄弟電影公司的照片。

But if there were guests here, we didn't see any.但是,如果這裡有客人,我們什麼也沒看到。 Not in the games room, the hallways or outside, where the seating areas were deserted.不在遊戲室,走廊或外面,座位區空無一人。 My mind floated to the movie我的思緒浮現在電影裡 閃靈。 當我們在空曠的遊戲室打乒乓球時,我試圖將這些想法消除。 傍晚,我們在一個篝火旁篝火旁,獨自坐在外面,抬頭看著度假村的黑暗窗戶,窗戶越來越陰險。 這不是最好的一夜睡眠,每一個吱吱作響都被空虛放大。 接待員獨自在飯廳裡吃早餐,從前一晚的晚上開始默默地為我們做飯。 我們決定不住第二晚。”

幸福的藍鳥

Not all motel stories end in disaster.並非所有的汽車旅館故事都以災難告終。 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)和艾米麗·奧弗里斯(Emily Overes)喜歡與艾伯塔省(Alberta)的小路和小路一起尋找幽靈小鎮,穀物升降機和廢棄的農莊,帶他們的狗狗塔克(Tucker)。 Dan creates wonderful drone and photo videos complete with historical details on his YouTube channel丹(Dan)在他的YouTube頻道上創作了精彩的無人機和照片視頻,並附有歷史細節 丹OCan。 They're fans of mid-century modern too, so of course, they took a trip on Route 66 in 2019.他們也是中世紀現代風格的粉絲,因此,他們當然會在XNUMX年沿XNUMX號公路旅行。

新墨西哥州藍燕汽車旅館的複古美食-照片Emily Overes

新墨西哥州的Blue Swallow Motel汽車旅館提供復古美食–照片Emily Overes

“當我們計劃在66號公路旅行時,我們只需要住在XNUMX家汽車旅館中的XNUMX家,”艾米麗說。 “最重要的是 藍燕汽車旅館 in Tucumcari, New Mexico.在新墨西哥州圖克姆卡里。 The Blue Swallow was special because they've done such a great job keeping the rooms true to the look of the '30s.藍燕子之所以與眾不同,是因為他們做得非常出色,使房間保持了1年代的真實外觀。 It was one of the original motor courts.這是原始的賽車場之一。 We stayed in Room 20 of about 120 which was meticulously appointed with genuine antiques including an original vintage chenille bedspread.我們住在約XNUMX的房間XNUMX,房間裡精心佈置了真正的古董,包括原始的老式雪尼爾床罩。 The bathroom was tiny, but we wouldn't have traded our stay there for anything.浴室很小,但我們不會在這裡換任何東西。 One surprise we had was the communal evening bonfire.我們有一個驚喜是公共篝火晚會。 Since it was a fairly small group of people, everyone got to know each other, and that was great.由於這是一小群人,每個人都可以互相認識,這很棒。 And the rates were very reasonable.而且價格非常合理。 We bought souvenirs, including a vintage room key and our bill was still less than $XNUMX.”我們購買了包括古董房鑰匙在內的紀念品,但賬單仍不到XNUMX美元。”

避免汽車旅館崩潰的重要提示

  • Always try to book ahead.始終嘗試提前預訂。 For popular spots like the Blue Swallow Motel, the Overes reserved several months in advance.對於Blue Swallow Motel等熱門景點,Overes提前幾個月預訂。
  • Don't book when you're tired or desperate.疲勞或絕望時不要預訂。 Leave some time to cross-reference reviews on as many platforms as you can including Google, TripAdvisor, Yelp, and local sites.留出一些時間在盡可能多的平台上交叉引用評論,包括Google,TripAdvisor,Yelp和本地站點。
  • 對於歐洲和亞洲的預訂,Mary Chong建議使用Agoda。
  • 花時間回顧實際旅行者拍攝的照片,而不僅僅是查看酒店的美麗照片。
  • 直接致電汽車旅館通常會給您帶來比在線整合商更高的價格或更好的價格。
  • If in doubt, pick a well-known chain.如有疑問,請選擇知名的連鎖店。 If problems arise, they'll be more likely to assist.如果出現問題,他們將更有可能提供幫助。

DISCLAIMER: We hope you enjoyed these travel tips, however, while COVID-19 is ongoing, #stayhome and #staysafe until we can travel safely again.免責聲明:我們希望您喜歡這些旅行提示,但是,當COVID-XNUMX正在進行時,請#stayhome和#staysafe直到我們可以再次安全旅行為止。 Adhere to all federal and provincial travel guidelines.遵守所有聯邦和省旅行指南。 If you must travel, wear a mask in public places, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing.如果您必須旅行,請在公共場所戴著口罩,經常洗手,並進行社交疏導。 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.事先詢問旅館和汽車旅館中與COVID相關的清潔程序,不要將其停留在沒有清潔程序的地方。

這個故事的編輯一直呆在一些垃圾堆裡,但這是另一個故事。 As always, her opinions are her own.一如既往,她的意見是她自己的。 For photos of beautiful properties, and her cat, follow her on Instagram要獲取美麗的房產和她的貓的照片,請在Instagram上關注她 @ Where.To.Lady。