Warning: This post will be mostly negative. I decided to share this because it is part of the whole experience.
First, a positive–Jasper Brewing Company. We had a great meal, the waiter was awesome, and the atmosphere was cool.
^^^We had a very good experience at the Jasper Brewing Company. This was a decent beer…fine enough that I decided to have another (one is usually my limit)
We had been unable to find a campsite anywhere in the park because it was Labor Day weekend. We spotted a vacancy sign on the Amethyst Lodge and decided it would be better than sleeping in our car.
The room was large enough we could spread out our camping gear to dry overnight
The only room left had two queen beds so we piled our stuff on one
It takes so little effort to do a good job on repairs and maintenance…yet somebody put zero effort into this
A bit outdated for an expensive hotel room
Fan grate in the ceiling but no fan switch. Maybe it operates with the light. No; I held a single square of toilet tissue up to the grill and there was absolutely no airflow.
Apparently you can tell the age of these repairs as you would the age of a tree–just count the “rings.”
Some guests have complained about the liquid soap/lotion dispensers on the wall. I really couldn’t care less. It was the first time I’d seen this in an hotel, though.
The one available receptacle in the entire room was here in the bathroom. The outlet was so old and worn it barely held a plug. My mobile phone charger wouldn’t stay stuck in.
Not only out-dated but also non-functional. A broken, non-locking handle on the bathroom door. New handle costs less than $20 and fifteen minutes to replace old one.
From a distance the general condition of the bathroom looks OK. It was in very poor condition and smelled like a musty cave.
They couldn’t be bothered to put a bit of wood putty in the old holes, bend the mounting plate into proper shape, or even use matching screws.
That’s an electrical cable running loosely down the corner of the closet.
No money in the budget for maintenance but an updated TV is very important.
We’ve slept in a lot of hotel/motel beds and this was among the most uncomfortable we have ever experienced.
Our non-smoking room wreaked of cigarette smoke. Just outside the “patio” door and window was an ash tray. How effective are screen doors and window screens at keeping smoke out? Not effective at all.
Not our garbage under the beds. Nice!
The hotel is basically a dump. That’s as nice as I can put it. I don’t mind staying in a dump. Done many times. The Amethyst Lodge had the audacity to charge us $275 for a night in this hole. I wish we had slept in our car for $0!
That is my rant for this trip. I didn’t complain to hotel staff because I’m not like that and because they were getting it from other guests who were not very nice.