Sunday, July 15, 2007

Three Strikes You’re Out

Here’s the next installment of “California Road Trip.” I hope you all are not getting bored. We stayed at our last Ho Jo’s in Reseda. What I mean by that is I hope I never have to stay at another one again. The above picture is what it looked like on the outside. Promising isn’t it. But looks can be deceiving. Our room was a suite because they overbooked us and so they “bumped us up.” This meant the room had a little kitchen, living room and bedroom. The free WiFi worked fine – ah an improvement. The area in which the hotel was located was fine – no rowdy people outside your room. Let’s take a look around the room shall we?

Pictured below is the wallpaper above the front door. The scotch tape you see was trying to hold down the peeling wallpaper and apparently not doing a very good job.

Pictured below is the wallpaper in the bathroom. I guess someone measured wrong.
Now you know someplace is old when one of these things is bolted to the desk. I believe it’s where they use to keep the remote so that no one stole it, but I could be wrong. Any guesses on why this thing is bolted to a desk or what it is?
I know it sounds like I’m picking on Howard Johnson’s . . . okay I’m picking on them. But they have given me such good material to write about this trip. So I salute you Ho Jo’s. I choose to never stay in one of you again, but who knows, maybe one day . . . who am I kidding.

We had such a good time visiting out son. We love him so and we are very proud of him. He’s pursuing his dreams and working hard. The trip back was just as much fun and when we stopped in Stockton this time, we stayed at Residence Inn. This was a much nicer place and in a better part of town. The room was absolutely lovely. Check out these pictures below.

I have only one more post about this trip . . . next up – Bug Guts and Sgns.

© Nadine Z. 2007


palmtreefanatic said...

ok Nadine, the 2nd hotel was MUCH more desireable;)
I think I will avoid Ho Jo's too thanks for the warning;)
have a great weekend! (I am enjoying your trip)...

Melissa R. Garrett said...

No Ho Jo's for me, either! YIKES!!

Pinks & Blues Girls said...

Great pictures!!

I love the wallpaper measurements - you crack me up!!

Keep staying safe!!

Look forward to your next installment!!

- Audrey
Pinks & Blues Girls

Shionge said...

What a discovery about Ho Jo :) I'll make sure I don't check in one when I visit America again :D

Nice trip Nadine :D

yours truly B said...

the second is nicer by far.

Demara said...

I voted for Lucille Ball. I loved "I Love Lucy", it always made me laugh so hard. That WAS a crazy wallpaper job, WOW!

Louise said...

WOW what an eye opener!! Yikes I will stay away from HoJo's!!

Hope the rest of the trip went well!! LOVE the Residence Mariott, stayed in one just recently in Whistler BC...beautiful, great choice!!

Mrs.Martin said...

Yep... No Howard Johnsons for me either.

I'm glad you shared all your pictures, very fun Nadine.

Ann(ie) said...

I love Residence Inn's they are nice!!

I'll be avoiding the Ho Jo experience.

I'm glad you're having a good trip, girl. You should be proud of your son...sounds like he's a pretty impressive kid!


A Woman Who is: said...

Can't wait for the next installment. We are all hooked!
I'll be sad when it ends. You might have to go on some more trips.


Diane said...

No! How can a manager of any hotel think this room is ready for guests! Geesh!

The 2nd room looked like so much better.

Keep this updates is such a joy to read about your wonderful trip to see your son.


Karolee said...

We have stayed in some pretty crumby places also and they really make you appreciate the nicer ones. Love the new poll feature on blogger. I chose Jimmy Stewart.

Dedee said...

I usually have a better opinion of HoJo, but if they are really that bad, I'd rather spend my cheapness at Motel 6, which at least I don't expect miracles. Can't wait to hear your last installment!

pinks & blues girls said...

OK, I definitely would opt for the hotel in Stockton over a Ho Jo's any day!! Wow, that room was a mess!

Jane, P&B Girls

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

Well at least the pool looks inviting......No ? Probably not?
Sorry it was so horrid.

Got me courious about bug guts and signs now ;O)

chelle said...

hehe you had some bad luck with hotels!

KAYLEE said...

GREAT BLOG!!!!!!!thanks for stopping by mine:P

Keshi said...

urrrrrggggggh! :)