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This must be an Opposite Day post.
The buffalo river might get the most attention for beauty but the spring river is a fucking crazy redneck dangerous insane party when water is high
Ponderosa hotel in hardy, AR
I've only ever stayed at many islands. Last time I was on the spring there was a group that had a floatilla set up with 4 rafts and a platform across the top and strippers. Busch for Bush were traded when they ran dry of beer. Can confirm crazy redneck insane party.
Can confirm, was a best Western, was torn down like 8-10 years ago now probably.
Near the Orlando airport
Your priceline itinerary for Kissimmee, FL - Sunday, January 08, 2017 (Itinerary# 135-xxxxxx)
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Jan 8, 2017
Here is your itinerary for Kissimmee, FL. Thank you for booking with priceline.com
Your Hotel Reservation for Sunday, January 08, 2017
Priceline Trip Number: 135-xxxx
Holiday Inn Orlando Sw - Celebration Area
2 Nights, 1 Room
Check-in: Sunday, January 08, 2017 (03:00 PM)
Check-out: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (11:00 AM)
Hotel Address: 5711 West Irlo Bronson Mem Hwy
Kissimmee FL, 34746, United States
Offer Price: $42.00/night
Number of rooms: 1 Room
Number of nights: 2 Nights
Room Subtotal: $84.00
Hotel Fee1: $30.00
Taxes & Fees: $17.96
Total Charged Today: $101.96
Total Cost: $131.96
About 10 years ago I went to the Tennessee /UF game in Gainesville when I scored tickets and a room reservation at the last second from a friend who had to cancel his plans. He booked a room at the Red Roof Inn. It was at least clean, but the bed was uncomfortable as fuck, the pillos were like 1" thick, the towels felt like sandpaper and clearly the "no smoking" policy was totally ignored. 2/10 would not bang.
It’s really cool
Plus I’m pretty sure I joined rivals around 14.
After spending the day at Busch Gardens me and a buddy used Hotwire to get a room in Tampa before heading to Orlando the next day. Hotwire keeps the hotel a secret until you pay, so imagine our surprise when the 2.5 star room we decided to skimp on was practically next door to 2001 Odyssey and across the street from Mons Venus. Needless to say we stayed up very late. The only reason that room got that rating had to be it's location and the loud ass air conditioner that drowned out the noise outside. Really shitty room
haha have also stayed at many islands. Ponderosa is slightly worse but not by much
edit: wait or is that the canoe rental place? I haven't been there since early 2000s
Stayed in some seedy hotels while in addiction. True story. There was a crack head that started shooting a cops a few doors down. I was true drunk to care. Super 6 motel.
Priceline name your own price of 2.5 star. You'll stay in a Hampton, HI Express, etc for the price of a Super 8.
There is a forum that dials into what you are going to get on hotwire/priceline. Can't remember it at this moment. I've stayed at places like the Langham or Sofitel in Chicago for the cost of a Hilton and knew what I was getting. These nerds use star rating, area and volume to give you a great idea of where you are going.
Stone Cold Steve Austin meet Corky Bucek
You can figure that out on your own most times. Look at the area you are trying to name your own price in, see what's there on Google Maps and you'll get it narrowed down fairly quickly. We do it every trip down to FL to see my folks. Spanish Fort, AL is our stopping point. Name your own price we know that we're getting HI Express, Hampton, or Fairfield.
There's also a message board that'll tell you what hotels they're giving away at specific prices to help you make a bid.
Basically you'll know ahead of time that if you bid $200 for a downtown Chicago hotel that has a restaurant, you'll get the TMB hotel.
Hotwire has gotten stupid easy. They now list the total # of reviews on both hot rate and full price listings. I take the # from the hot rate and find the regular listing. Has yet to fail me.
Hold on. When did we give up the island and build a hotel in Chicago?
Or is that just Truman ‘s house?
Yeah, I just popped on their, They now show a room picture, if you have stayed in certain places, especially the high end where there is only like 7 locations, it makes it incredibly easy. I can book the Langham for tomorrow for 257, it's about a 700 room.
Federal Government Rate Life. Used to stay at some cheaper ones below per diem when I had integrity. Now I max out that per diem rate. More often then not save $40-80 dollars per night.
Best Western is the best for the money imvho
Friend and Family code CarlsonF still works for $87 for a lot of Radisson and other Carlson properties. The Blu Aquas of the world that it used to work on have since dropped, but still comes in handy a lot.
The one downside of Hotwire is they will typically give you the shittiest room they have. Not a huge deal, but it can be meaningful from time to time.
Agree, I normally just book through the Holiday Inn group for normal trips because of points, but if I decide to get fancy I hotwire the shit out of it, even the shittiest rooms are nicer than my house most of those places.
Hotwire literally shows a picture of the rooms now. Knowing which hotel you’re getting is a given
Checked in to a Super 8 near Charleston, WV today
It's cool man, I've done this before. Got my dog with me ...
Last film I made we traveled across several states, and because of budget, lodging choices were nailed down to places like Motel 6 or Super 8, or even worse, the tier below. If we stayed at a Motel 6 or Super 8 we were splurging.
- Sharing a room one night in the Mississippi delta, about $30 a night - dude in other bed says, “Hey, we can’t stay here.” I ask why, and with his left hand he pulls the sheets back more to reveal what’s on the bed, simultaneously with his right hand he points with his index finger to reveal a syringe. Shit you not.
- Stayed in some awful Motel 6 in Tuscaloosa on a Friday night. We had been driving and filming all day. Exhausted. Stepping out of the car, and walking to the lobby area you look up and see the guests leaning over the railing upstairs, puffing their cigarettes, joints, blunts, etc. The vast amount of cigarette cherries illuminating resembled fireflies.
The front desk guy was also the manager and probably the only employee. Behind us in line was this guy who was cross dressing and appeared to be waiting on a date.
The rest of the night? A fucking nightmare. I heard some woman screaming down the hall, had several people come and knock on our door but we never answered. The street light on the road was parallel with our room window, so the constant silhouette of guests walking by was unnerving.
I finally fell asleep and I was out cold, until about 4:30 a.m. I was woken up by a loud, thundering POP, POP BOOM VRROOOOOOMMMMMM. I leaped into orbit out of bed and in the road they were having some drag race on those ninja motorcycles? Not sure what they’re called. Had a difficult time falling asleep after that.
Electric motorcycle is a tricky way of saying moped
A company called Zero out in California makes them. The film industry uses them to mount cameras on for filming chase scenes, since they accelerate quickly (0-60 in 3.2), have no vibration to rattle the camera (electric motors are much smoother), and they are relatively silent (less audio interference). The are also fun to ride, cheap to charge, and are relatively maintenance free (mostly just brakes and tires, but brakes are rarely needed due to regenerative braking). The pic is the version I have (Zero SR).
Anyone happen to know what Marriott employee rates are?
Back when I worked for the Ritz-Carlton (part of Marriott group), it was either 50% or best rate the lodging director could get you. Stayed for a week at the Ritz in Maui for $120 a night instead of 700.
How long ago was that? Hilton had something similar up until three years ago then changed it to 35/45/55/75 depending on brand and 50 for family/friends. I imagine marriott moved to something more competitive since, but idk
Super 8 is one of the brands of the Wyndham Hotel Group. Their other budget brands include Days Inn, Howard Johnsons, Travelodge and Ramada.
I tend to gravitate to their properties when I do traveling- I've had a few pretty bad ones but overall I have felt they give good value for money.
Staying at a Super 8 in Orange Park, Jacksonville the next 2 nights. Can't wait to see what I get.
Dirty sheets/towels and bugs according to TripAdvisor
Good thing I brought a sleeping bag
Does this thread apply specifically to the big chains? I've stayed at a few different places around the Asheville area of NC that are clean and safe, in case anyone needs a dog-friendly rec ...
I also survived my Super 8 Dunbar, WV stay. Honestly I've never had a big issue with most of the hotel brands
The Econo Lodge in Charlottesville, VA is something else.
We rolled into town and there were cigarette butts in the toilet.
The bedspread had cigarette burns. One of the guys wrapped himself in the blanket.
He’s probably dead now.
Like you just walk in and say that to the desk or go through there website?
It’s a website promo code
It's not terrible. It's not great but I don't feel like I'm going to catch anything
So the maid ripped a few heaters in the bathroom then took a dirt nap with the bedspread. Big deal
Curious if we’re on the same page re: dirt nap.
Stayed at a budget motel last night. In the pet room. Cheap as fuck, no HD TV somehow but clean. 7/10 would stay again