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An urgent question for a friend: your favorite survival tips for an awful hotel/motel?
posted by availablelight to travel & transportation (33 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine booked a one-night reservation for tomorrow (Thanksgiving) night, the only one both reasonably close to the train station he's heading over to at 5am Friday morning, and within his budget.
I checked the online reviews for it, and it's a 1-2 star (not for amenities; for customer reviews) hole. The seedy side of a big urban area (not funky authenticity seedy, but troubled high-crime area seedy), reports of dirty sheets and linens, bugs, the occasional hooker in the hallway or dealer in the vesibule, etc. Rebooking elsewhere is not an option. He simply needs a place to sleep from about 7pm to 4am.
Veteran travelers: what are your favorite travel tips in a worse case scenario like this, for maximum safety and comfort?