Choosing Cheap Accommodation.
You're on a tight budget and need cheap accommodation. A member of staff shows you the room. How do make up your mind whether it is acceptable in the few available moments before they hold out their hand and demand your limited cash wedgy? Here are eight quick tests to separate "Cheap-Good" from "Cheap-Bad".
1) Is it "Accommodation" or is it merely a bed that has been dragged into a work room, store room or available out-house? Look out for extra items that should not be there e.g. tools, machines, boxes, drawers and cupboards that are not empty. If these items are present, do not automatically say no, but be sure to check the next six items with greater care.
2) Cleanliness. Is the room, bathroom, provided linen and empty cupboard clean? Cheap and dirty are not the same thing!
3) Security. Does the door lock securely from the inside with the provided key. Are the burglar bars on the opening windows adequate? Is the security for your motorcycle adequate?
4) Utilities. Does the plumbing work? If hot water is offered, does it work? Do the lights and switches work? Is there sufficient light to read by?
5) Comfort levels. If it is winter, will you be too cold? If it is summer, will you be too hot? Even cheap accommodation is not worth it if you are not going to be able to get any sleep.
6) Other. Be sensitive to anything else that attracts your attention e.g. odours, flies, noise, flashing light, broken items that could be easily and cheaply fixed.
7) Attitude of the owner / staff. Ask them about stores, restaurants and pubs in the area. Their "can-do", enthusiastic and helpful attitude is a barometer for your entire stay.
8) Questions to ask. What events, functions are planned between now and the time you intend to check out e.g. many hotels in small country towns serve as a function venue for parties and weddings which is no fun, particularly if you are not invited!
Once you have checked out the eight items above you should have enough information to say "Yes, please" or "No, thanks"