Los Angeles, California
March 24, 2007
Traveling cross-country on a budget isn’t a hard thing to do, but if you plan to stop in Columbus, Ohio, think twice before going to the Knights Inn. When I arrived, the place looked a little rundown but not horrible, and was only 45.00 for the night. The lobby looked decent so I assumed that the rest of the hotel wouldn't be that bad.
The problems started the second I walked into the room. It wasn’t that clean, but the bathroom looked like it hadn’t been cleaned since the place opened. Now, I have lived and worked at a camp, and I’m used to roughing it, but this was ridiculous. The floor was brown and the toilet wasn’t flushed since the previous visitor had stayed. I didn't even bother to look at the tub, because much of the dirt on the floor seemed to center around the tub. The pillows had holes in them as well as the blankets and there was stuffing popping out of the it.
Since it was later in the day, and the other hotels in my price range were booked, I decided to stay. This was my biggest mistake. I decided to go across the street to a CVS. On the corner there was someone looking for drugs. I quickly made it back to my room. I did notice that one room had a lot of people coming and going from it. Later I saw the person who was looking for drugs, from when I went to CVS, leaving the room. I can’t say for sure what was happening, but I have a very strong suspicion.
I had a hard time sleeping because I was so scared. Around 4am someone knocked on my door. When I looked out my peephole, I saw a man standing there. He was off to the side as if he was trying to stay out of my sight. I stood there until he decided to leave and go knock on the next door. I heard him continuing down the row of doors. I have no idea what he wanted and I really don’t care to find out. The only nice thing about the room was that there was a large mini-fridge in the room. The only thing that looked clean.
The people who worked at the front desk seemed nice, but when I tried to complain they seemed not to understand me. I'm not sure if they didn't understand me or suddenly didn't speak English. In short, if you are in the Columbus, Ohio, do not stay at the Knights Inn.
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