Every time I have a bright idea to save some money, I end up regretting it. When it comes to hotels, you tend to get what you pay for.
I was in New York City last weekend for FTU and had a hotel choice to make. There was an Andaz a couple blocks away that was running was almost $400/night with taxes and there were several boutique hotels just a block away from the conference center. I had no desire to take a taxi or subway to a different part of town.
As much as I love Andaz properties, I was alone and really only needed a hotel to sleep in. Furthermore, I had about $60 in Orbitz hotel credit that was expiring. If I used it at the Andaz, I would not even receive stay credit since the reservation would be pre-paid by Orbitz.
So I chose a hotel called The Mansfield, a “typical” classic New York boutique hotel. Cost was $180/night or $120 when my voucher was applied. The website pictures looked nice, I knew the room would be small, but again, it was just me…I just needed a place to lay down my head.
I checked in around 5pm and was assigned a room on the fifth floor. The common areas in the lobby and bar are quite nice.
But here’s what I found outside my room:
Yes, that’s a cockroach.
I just shrugged it off, dropped my bag off, and went back out.
It Gets Worse
Around midnight, I returned to go to sleep. When I pulled back the sheets to go to sleep, I found the bed was covered in hair and other stains:
This was all over the bed, not just two pieces of hair (which still would have been unacceptable).
Too tried to change rooms, I just laid bath towels down over the bed and went to sleep. How disgusting.
Furthermore, the “complimentary” internet did not work. Totally non-functional. I was forced to pay for a “premium” plan…that also did not work.
I brought up the issues when I checked out. Only my wi-fi was credited.
I should have taken the middle road: the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Terminal was only about $280 with taxes. I should have paid the extra money. There may be counter-examples of great and inexpensive boutique hotels, but I just thought this was a prime example of a disgusting hotel. Avoid it!