New York, New York...and lots of traffic :(
Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
24Trip End Nov 30, 2009
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Well, this hotel nearly was as bad as the one in 'The Shining' – I kept expecting Jack Nicholson to come crashing through the door with an axe! To start with the rooms décor was a bit old, bathroom sink cracked etc, but hey, we're not that fussy – that was until I spotted the long black hair stuck to the shower wall with an accompanying unidentifiable stain – should have known it was going to get worse... Fred had already paid another $50 so the kids could have the adjoining hotel room next to ours...bad move paying first.
When we'd finally done all our washing we decided to hit the sack at about 10.30 – only to find more long black hairs in the sheets – eeeeewwwww! Thought we'd sleep in the other double bed in our room – only to find another hair in there! Of course by that time it was too late to shift the kids (who were fast asleep) so we just had to sleep there. When we went for our free breakfast this morning we found that it was the sum total of some really sad looking fruit (oranges looked like their use-by date was about 3 weeks ago), a couple of danishes, and some packaged muffins (at least they would be sanitary to eat)
We found a few tiny boxes of cereal and then asked her if there was some milk to go with it. 5 minutes after she disappeared out back she finally returned very apologetically to say there was none... (in that time she could have whipped across to the next door gas station and got some!). So Fred and the kids ended up using those tiny milk tubs that you use in your coffee. After packing up we went downstairs and asked to speak to the manager (who turned out to be the receptionist) about the room, but although she was very apologetic, she basically said it wasn't her responsibility and for suggested that we ring the free phone to speak to the Day Manager...hmmm, passing the buck I think, and if the rest of the hotel is anything like our room (which if by the state of the halls is used as comparison, then I would think so) she is probably well used to complaints. I did mention to her that we had stayed at lots of other hotels in the U.S and this was by far the worst. Some of the other places we have been on this holiday have look like they were straight out of the 70's & 80's, but they were CLEAN.
Anyway, on the Interstate at 8.30 am straight to NYC – only a 400 mile (700km) drive to the Big Apple.
Stopped for lunch at Buck Horn, Pennsylvania, at a 'Ruby Tuesday' restaurant, which was pretty
similar to the Applebee's that we went to last week. Last time we were in the States we went to a Ruby Tuesday and they had the most amazing salad bar – the one in Buck Horn wasn't so great. Josh was dead keen to get the adult size burger so he could have the 'endless' fries that went with it. We talked him out of it, and just as well, as he didn't finish half the serving of fries that came with the kids meal – plus his mini cheeseburger kids meal was identical to the mini burger meal that I ordered – and half the cost! Fred said he enjoyed his Parmesan Chicken breast & pasta, which is just as well considering the bill was $40 for the four of us.
An American funny that I forgot to mention at the start of our trip: On the second night of trip while at Burger King, Fred noticed a sign by the soda (fizzy drinks) machine that had a list of the different flavours of soda, and which would suit what burger, just like a wine recommendation..
Finally got to NY, but what an absolute nightmare getting through NYC and Queens to our hotel – luckily in daylight, but even then we've lost count of the times we went 'Off Route' with our GPS and had to recalculate, then navigate through the worst imaginable snarl of rush hour traffic! Finally found the hotel after driving down an 8 lane blvd with separated lanes and being in the wrong lanes... Looking forward to our room and a cup of coffee. Especially after paying $8 to get through the Lincoln Tunnel then another $5.50 to go through the Queen's Tunnel!
After Fred had dealt with a rather 'curt' male concierge at the hotel we found our room on the 3rd
floor, facing the 8 lanes of traffic whizzing by outside. The room is ok, again a little outdated, but at least clean this time – and we're only going to be here at night to sleep & then off again in the morning. Only big 'Oh No!' moment is there isn't a coffee machine in the room, had to go down to the restaurant downstairs and pay $1.75 each for a coffee!!!! Think that this is fairly typical of
hotels in NYC though – when we stayed in Manhattan last time we had to buy coffee from the lobby.
Tomorrow we hit New York City...hope our feet are up to it.