Monday, October 06, 2003

The Worst Hotel in the Midwest

Well, probably not, but we found a pretty bad one.

A couple of friends of ours got married in Duluth last weekend, and we decided we'd sort of give ourselves a treat by staying in the Duluth Radisson (I say "sort of" because come on, let's not kid ourselves, it's not like there's a lot of luxury in Duluth).

But, well, if you ever wind up traveling to Duluth, you're not treating yourself to anything special if you spring for the downtown Radisson. Christ, that was a lousy hotel. The room smelled like hot dust; I assume this was because the heat had just been turned on, but I don't know. The walls appeared to be made of cardboard, so we could hear conversations on all sides of us- and when someone used the ice machine down the hall, we heard it. The building is a cylinder, meaning that the rooms were roughly pie-shaped, which meant that the doors of all of the rooms were right next to each other; whenever someone opened one of the adjoining doors, it sounded like they were coming into our room. The bathroom sink had a big crack in it, looking like something in a trailer park. And topping it all off, they messed up the reservation, giving us a room with two little beds. We had to sleep Lucy and Ricky-Style.

Well worth the $200.


On the bright side, the Pizza Luce in Duluth is quite nice, with lots of vegan options and old-timey steel guitar being played live in front of you as you eat breakfast.

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