BUT when planning for a little vacation—mostly a road trip or an outdoorsy trek, of which I’ve recently become a fan—where our time indoor time is fairly limited to a snooze and a shower, I will budget chain motel with the best of them (and pick up a few hotel points along the way). And because I’m typically only paying $50 – 70 bucks a night in one of these bad boys, my standards are basically limited to: 1) mold situation in bathroom/shower; 2) comfort of bed; 3) smell(s) in room; and 4) likelihood of someone murdering me while I sleep.
Super 8 (Front Royal, Virginia. Location: NOT an Access and/or Service Road. Hooray!): What can I say? The hotel manager had me eating out of the palm of his hand as soon as he told me I seemed weird. Aah, a man with a firm foothold in reality. The room décor situation was pretty 1970s, but it was warm, TOTALLY mold free (Huge bonus points in my mold-phobia book.), and the bed was shockingly comfortable—or at least seemed that way after being cramped in the car for 5 hours with a dog and a George. Olfactory wise, it did have a fairly powerful, chemically clean smell, kind of like Orange Glo. But whatever, it was cheap, Duke stayed free, and the Ho-Ho vending machine was right outside our door. OH, OH, and there was a free breakfast featuring the famous Simply Super Cinnamon Roll. Take that magical creation right out of its plastic sleeve, flop it on a paper plate, and microwave it for 10 seconds. Heaven, people. HEAV-EN.
Mamping rating (1-5): 4.
So there you have it. Super8 and HoJo Express passed the Alix, George, and Duke mamping test with moderately flying colors. I’ve got a hankering to try a Red Roof Inn, so I'll dream up a trip requiring a stay, and in the meantime, stand by for more mampsite reviews!
Any budget hotel/motel chains you swear by?