A March 2003 trip
to Memphis by Mchaela
Quote: My friend, Liz, and I took a four-day weekend trip to Memphis to visit friends, eat barbecue, and see pandas at the zoo. We were too early for the pandas, but we did a lot and heard some great blues.
As soon as we arrived I had a bad feeling about the place. Nothing concrete, but the building gave me the creeps. It felt deserted and run down. Bravely, we walked into the lobby where a surly man sat behind the desk. Smiling, I told him that we had a reservation and that I was a VIP member. I began to dig through my billfold to find my VIP card. He told me that he had our reservation and that I didn't need my card. As I was paying with cash, I pulled out the $200+ dollars that I knew I needed. He looked confused.
"Do you have a credit card?" he asked?
"I'm sure we can do the deal with cash," I quipped, waving the cash in his face.
"I'm sure you can use one of your eight credit cards," he said nastily.
"I only have two and they don't have enough credit on them," I said, "I have cash." I don't use credit cards much and my one credit card is for emergencies only and the other I had used to pay for the car rental.
"If you are paying with cash, there is a $10 deposit and I would have to total up the bill now. That could take some time."
"If that is what we have to do, OK. I only have cash. I was told that the total was $208 when I made the reservation."
"They don't know what our tax is at the reservation desk," he snarled, "so I have to total it up."
"Fine." I said.
Liz and I waited for 20 minutes for him to total up a four night's hotel stay with tax. I did it myself later in about three minutes. All the time he made snotty comments about our coats (we had just arrived from Minneapolis and it was a little chilly out) and that we wouldn't pay by credit card. I was tired of explaining and apologizing for making him do his job by the time he finally had it totaled.
"$275.85." he said.
"What?!" I exclaimed.
"That includes 16% tax and a $10 deposit for cash."
Liz grabbed me and told him we were leaving. "There's a place across the street for $39.99 a night," she said, "we'll go there. Do you think we're stupid? No way."
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 26, 2003
6015 Macon CV
Memphis, Tennessee 38134
Hotel | "La Quinta Inn Memphis East"
We parked the car outside our room (each room has an exterior entrance) and walked into the whitest, shiniest motel room I'd ever seen. The walls and ceiling were a brillant white and the tiles in the bathroom were a sparkling clean. It was fairly large as well with cable TV and an iron and ironing board in the closet. Not the fanciest room I've ever seen, but definitely the cleanest.
During our four days stay, we got to know Melba fairly well. She said that she normally worked weekends, so she was there every day. She helped Liz get her skirt clean for a reasonable $5 charge, contacted the cleaning staff about extra towels, and helped us order a movie on our TV one night we didn't feel like going out. The beds weren't like sleeping on rocks, nor were they too soft. The only complaint I really have is that the cleaning staff came too early in the morning!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2003
La Quinta Inn and Suites Sycamore View
6069 MACON COVE
Memphis, Tennessee 38134
Attraction | "The Memphis Zoo"
Memphis Zoo and Aquarium
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
St. Paul, Minnesota