Saturday, March 19, 2011

Gettysburg, Pa and Save The Planet

Early yesterday morning I headed to Gettysburg, Pa. to attend a hearing convention for my job.  My navigator announcer has a beautiful, crisp, clear voice which is unusual in a GPS, (mostly they are very computer-ish sounding). But she's not very bright.  Oh, she found us the quickest route and it looked like we'd be 15 minutes early, just in time for coffee and donuts UNTIL we ran into a detour less than a mile away from our destination and were rerouted around the town...  She freaked.  She kept  repeating 'make a legal u turn now', 'make a legal u turn now,' then she sent us to a couple of dead end roads and a closed bridge after recalculating several times.  We were late.

The bad news: The day was long and I almost fell asleep a few times.

The good news: They served a great lunch and I had a few good laughs with the others from our franchise.

On to the hotel. 

 I carefully chose Comfort Suites after viewing the fabulous feedback from others via trip advisors.    A good hotel means a good nights sleep.  A good nights sleep means the next day will be more enjoyable.  I'd gotten up at 4 AM and hadn't slept well the night before.  I was dead tired.  
And speaking of dead.  The first question the desk clerk asked:  "Do you want a room facing the cemetery?"  I'm assuming those are the choice rooms, since Gettysburg is known for it's 'ghost tours' and 'haunted houses'.  
I love Gettysburg....  but not for those reason.  
It's the history and stories that I enjoy.
"No, thanks."

When we got to the room...

Oh no!  It's one of those hotels that only wash the towels that are found on the floor.  Lucky for me I brought my own towel and wash cloth.  
ESPECIALLY after seeing this dirty towel folded and waiting for us to use.  
I'm sorry.  But this is disgusting. 
 I'm wondering now how many other things they don't bother to replace in attempts to 'save our planet'.

The room didn't look right. It didn't feel homey. It was cold and dreary.  
Oh, great!  
They were using these blasted curly light bulbs that are supposed to use less energy.   

Before leaving the hotel this morning, I tore all the towels and washcloths down and threw them in a heap on the floor.  
At least the next guests will have clean ones.  

Did I mention that the Internet didn't work?  I finally had a call back on that at 10:00 PM when I was in bed for the night.  'Thanks, but no thanks.'

I didn't understand why everyone on Trip Advisor had raved about the free breakfast.  I have never witnessed sausage that had that much grease inside and out.  And the fake eggs tasted bitter.  
The good news:  The coffee and waffles were great!!

We were glad to say goodbye to our room and move on...
Goodbye room.
Uh oh!  The elevator was out of order.
The good news:  There are only 3 floors to the Comfort Suites.
The bad news: We were on the 3rd floor.

"And now off to town for 
some History Lessons and fun!"

... to be continued

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  The weather has been beautiful and tomorrow is the first day of spring.  I tried reading some of your blogs from my phone last night, but commenting was being very slow so I'm going to try real hard to catch up in the next few days.  I sure did miss you guys.

Dear Diary,

I love this time of year.  I went to the tennis court and I ran and played Chickie Bird and drank water.  My feet hurt now.  Gracie.


  1. UGH, Bobbi, isn't it a great disappointment to go to a hotel and find it 'lacking'? It seems the entire trip is ruined because I can't sleep.
    At least you had good coffee and waffles...
    Gracie looks as if she had just as rough a time as's hard being on your feet all day, isn't it?
    Have a good Sunday!

  2. Oh My Stars.......Now that sounds like the trip from H-E Double toothpicks. Sounds like the ONLY thing good about this trip was the waffles. I wonder if those were also "Save the Planet".

  3. DH and I have been known to go down to the desk and ask for another room. Um... many times. I think the later you come in, the crummier room you get.

    I'm sorry your feet hurt Gracie, but didn't you have fun?

  4. Ugh...I don't trust hotels and their towels either. I hate to travel and sounds like you had a terrible experience.

    We've had glorious weather the past two days also. It's nice that Gracie can get outside and enjoy a little sunshine. She sure is a sweetie.

    Enjoy your Sunday.

  5. Oh my, the hotel sounds horrible. Except fur the waffles.

    Gracie! Don't hurt your foots too much now, don't want you to be hurting! :)


  6. Unbelieveable!!! But hey, at least they didn't have bed bugs!! I have never heard a good thing about the Comfort Inns around here, they are kind of on a level wigh Super 8. I wonder if all those Trip Advisor comments were paid endorsements, I've read that some companies pay people to write good reviews about them, but Trip Advisor sounds pretty legitimate!! Well, anyway, I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!! We used to live directly across the street from a huge old cemetary, just a few steps away. Some days I would pull up a chair and watch a funeral from my living room.

  7. Oh girl! It makes me so angry to see all of those "Save the Planet" things in hotels that are cutting back on electricity, water, etc.. because they are CHEAP SKATES!! I wish they would just tell the truth, as in "Don't use too much shower water cuz it saves us money" and turn off all the light switches when you are out of the room because we are cheap."
    Well, I am glad your waffles were yummy, you deserved it after putting up with the not so comfortable suites!

    And I love the way you threw those towels on the floor! good for you! make 'em wash 'em....
    Hope today was better for you....
    Texas hugs,

  8. Good girl for tossing all the towels! YUCK! Gracie, hope your feet feel better today!

  9. Hi Bobbi, sorry your trip was such a disaster!... I did enjoy seeing those orbs in the cemetery though!... it gives me the chills thinking about all of that... but so incredible to see... Hello sweet Gracie!... xoxo Julie Marie and Tessy

  10. I just don't understand the whole towel thing! I haven't seen that yet. But I sure hope after someone checks out that everything is thorougly cleaned and towels are changed. That's kind of scary! The last hotel we stayed at was on the Disney property and our rooms were cleaned and fresh towels were put out every day. I am sorry this hotel was so bad! Ugh!

  11. Bummer on the hotel! We had just the opposite experience at a place this weekend.
    I don't disagree with the 'saving energy' policy but it is obvious the chambermaid did not do a very good job of checking the room well after the last check-outs.


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