June 4th, 2011


Motel 4 1/4

Lisa and I drove out to Seaside, Oregon for our usually-annual trip to the Sea-Pac ham radio convention. Because the room rates at the Holiday Inn Express (just across the bridge from the convention center) were higher than I'd felt comfortable paying, I'd hunted around for another hotel in Seaside and had booked a room at the Ocean Front Motel on the Promenade, facing out onto the beach. The rate wasn't great, but it was okay. (Their web site says, "among the lowest on the beach.") When we got to the hotel, we found that the wi-fi wouldn't work in the room; that it had no bathtub and a shower stall smaller than that of Lisa's trailer; that someone had removed the TV cable connection; that even if the TV worked, it was located on a stand to the right of the bed in a very awkward spot; and that the only ventilation for the room was a small dormer window that only really let any air into the room if you opened the door on the opposite side of the room.

On the way to breakfast (the room not including anything other than a basket of muffins at the front desk), I remarked to Lisa that this was like spending extra money to stay at a bad Motel 6. She said, "More like Motel Four-and-a-Quarter."

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In retrospect, I might have been better off biting the bullet and booking in to the Holiday Inn Express, even though it was pricey, because I ended up spending at least as much or more when you count the cost of breakfast at the Pig 'N' Pancake, and if you try to put a value on the stress of not being able to check my e-mail when I feared I was going to be chased by my Day Jobbe. I'll have to bear this in mind on my next trip. Alas, booking into independent hotels is very much a crapshoot, and I can't say as I recommend the Ocean Front in Seaside unless a view of the ocean is the only thing that matters to you.