Sinnett, are you sure you weren't in the Czech Republic? <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ /> Reading your story reminds me of Prague.
I stayed at a lot of cheapie hotels throughout my life. I can't remember all the bad ones off hand, just recent ones.
My husband and I went to Prague, Czech Republic (formerly known as Czechoslovakia). Most of the hotels there seem like a joke (went 3x). We stayed at a 2 star hotel, which was mistake there but okay in other countries. The room was surprisingly big with an entrance way, big bedroom, and bathroom. The bed was so low to the ground that it might as well be a futon on the floor. The mattress was hard as a rock. The bathroom was the worst in any hotel I ever stayed. There was absolutely no hot water in the shower or sink. The shower glass doors had huge cracks that barely held together (about to shatter). The heater didn't work. We complained but in typical fashion, they didn't care and made silly excuses. And, laughed at us. Needless to say, we only stayed one night instead of the 3 we orignially reserved.
Last year we went to South Dakota. We drove from Minneapolis, MN to Rapid City, SD and to Mt Rushmore etc. We spent a night in Wall, SD (same town as Wall Drug store). Cheapie motels are expected in a town like this, no big deal. We just happen to choose one with tons of flies. We could hear buzzing all night long. Luckily, they buzzed behind the curtain. The room smelled old and musty. The bed was lumpy. The motel looked like it was built in the 60's/70's, but the room looked very unfinished. The good news — it only cost $40 for 2 people + we had a free scrambled egg breakfast at the restaurant across the street.