We booked the week that hurricane Emily was expected to make landfall. At first, meteorologists were predicting that it would hit New Orleans. When we called Holiday Inn, we were told tough luck. We could not cancel the reservations and would be charged no matter what happened.
When we arrived, we were treated like an inconvenience instead of guests. The front-desk clerk was almost hostile. It was no big deal until we got to the room.
The first thing we noticed was the smell! It was an awful stale mildew mixture. The carpet was stained throughout the room, and the air-conditioning vents were caked in dust.
The bathroom was worse. The light fixture was covered in dust and there were toothpaste globs on the toilet tank. The shower wall was covered in mildew, and the bathtub really needed to be scrubbed. It was gross. However, the front desk clerk was unimpressed, and we didn’t want to waste our entire 3-day trip battling with Holiday Inn. Our first night was spent finding air freshener and cleaning the tub so it was useable.
We are okay for the first two nights because we spent most of our time at the casino. But sober, the room was just too gross to be in. Our bedspread was covered in cigarette burn holes, and if you leaned down to get into your suitcase, more trash (like under the bed) was discovered.
On our last night, we were going to get to bed early to prepare for the 9-hour trip back home. We just couldn’t do it. We ended up leaving and driving straight home instead.
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