My wife and I stayed on Friday Aug. 5, 2011. We we're traveling home to Michigan and after checking with the AAA Tour Guide decided that this hotel would suffice for a quick overnight stay. We found a coupon in one of those "discount books" at a rest area giving a rate of $52. Upon arrival we were told that the rate didn't apply since it was :fair week" even though the fair didn't start until the following week. After some negotiation the deck clerk agreed to the $52 rate since it was late. We check the room and bed and found everything to be clean. We hit the sack and found the bed to be comfortable but the bedding to smell a little stale. The next morning as we readied ourselves for travel we look a little closer at the room. The mini-fridge seal on the door was black with mold. Probably the reason my wife woke up to a sinus headache. The floor was absolutely filthy, evidenced by the black soles of our socks when we arrived home that evening and removed our shoes after a day driving. The pool was a mysterious murky green, the continental breakfast was a joke, and to our surprise after check out we found the manager had changed our room rate to $62. This wasn't a huge deal except it is dishonest. We would have stayed at the $62 rate but come on, don't cheat me after I leave. The manager never asked how our stay was but, I imagine he didn't care, he had our money and knew chances are we'd never return. The trend towards foreign owners has made overnight travel stays an iffy proposition.
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