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Shit hotels, how do you reserve them and find info online?

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1. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

You know those little crappy ass hotels that are right off the highways, anyone know of any websites that list their info?

i am driving from northwest Illinois, all the way down to the Miami area, i will split it within 3days of driving so i want to make sure i have shit hotels (shit = cheapy cheapy) lined up with highspeed wireless internet

thanks for any comments or suggestions or help or whatever :)


2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hey Zach,

I made almost the same trip when our best friend was moving down to Florida. We drove from Rockford, Illinois to Dunnellon, Florida (near Ocala). I tried finding the really cheap (shit) hotels online with very little luck. We finally just decided to wing it. We also were looking for high-speed internet service. Granted, we were on a bit of a roll and only needed one night's lodging - but we found it in Chatanooga, Tennessee. We passed an enormous number of "shit" hotels, most advertising high speed connections on their signs for the long-haul trucker business. Personally, if I were to do it again, I'd just go.

Oh, and we spent $23 for a room with 2 double beds. It was clean and had AC that worked. We were pleased.

May I ask, why are you taking 3 days to get down there?? Just curious...

Good luck - and I'll see if I can find anything for you that might help...

3. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

I don't have a lot of experience using it, but try I think they're pretty comprehensive from the low end up to high end and I think you can search for properties that include wireless internet. Happy trails.

4. Posted by urbancow (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

You dont reserve a shit hotel. You find one when youre tired of driving.

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I agree with urbancow. You're better off just stopping when you feel tired. In the US it's much easier to see hotels/motels right off the highway than it is say in Europe where often you have to venture into a city to find a hotel.

That way you are not locked in to staying at a certain motel and you don't have to try and find it and if you feel like driving longer or shorter you can. It's not like you're going to some major tourist location during the high season where you'd need to have reservations.

6. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

john, thx, and yea i use all the time, ALL the time ;)

urbancow & Travel100, yea i agree with you pretty much, only reason i am looking to reserve or find info before hand is for highspeed interent purposes

Isadora, so you did almost the exact same trip for real! damn! yea rockford is about 100 miles north east of me....and the reason i'll probably split it into 3 days drive is so the 1st to days i can drive avg 620 miles/day that way on the 3rd day i can make my arrival to Miami i will have time to eat, shower and get ready for the festivities :) (oh, and i am all by myself so nobody with me to share the driving load :( )

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hey Zach,

I'm 40 miles due west of Rockford. I would have liked to have taken a few more days to get there - but we were in a hurry and had a mini-van full of computer equipment.

That is true - we had two drivers. We would switch at every gas refill. We headed out of Chatanooga at 5am, while it was still dark and it was my turn to drive. (My friend has glaucoma so he can't do night driving.) Wow - the highway was wall to wall semi-trucks and all doing 90mph. I love driving fast, but being surrounded on all four sides by these huge trucks - the back one almost parked in the back seat of the van - was a bit disconcerting. (Besides the fact of driving someone else's vehicle - I'm used to a Neon!) We hit Atlanta right at morning rush hour but what a smooth system they have!!! Never had to slow down and very easy to navigate. Though, it was also the day they decided to test the Homeland Security Response system. They blocked off both sides of the interstate 15 miles out of Altanta and routed everyone over the back roads for another 15 miles. It slowed us down by a couple of hours, but at least we knew that section of interstate was safe!!

When do you leave?

8. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

wow isadora, that wouldve sucked about the wall to wall semis on the highway!!!

well, i plan on leaving Aug 2nd and arriving Aug 4th

600 miles 1st day
600 miles 2nd day
300 miles 3rd day


9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

That's a good driving plan. Have a drink on Beerman and me when you hit Miami!

You'll love passing the very, very large fireworks factory and outlet store in Tennessee. It's built on (into) a hillside in the middle of nowhere - in the median between the north and south bound lanes. It's huge and open 24 hours. Trust me - you can't miss it as you're coming out of the mountains - almost glows in the dark and the parking lot was filled with cars and semis. It was a very strange sight.

Depending on your route, Illinois and Kentucky will be boring. But, once you hit the mountains in Tennessee, it's gorgeous! (Needless to say, I don't get out much...) I didn't quite know what to expect since the only mountains I had dealt with previously were the Bitterroots in Idaho and the Rockies. The only thing that detracts from the view are all the cell towers - but you'll have great phone reception all the way - even in the mountains. They even put up a highway sign telling you when you are entering the Eastern time zone. Again, strange!

Anyway, have a great trip and hope you find some good shit hotels with HS internet! ;)

10. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

Isadora Lol!

thanks for the nice thorough descriptions, maybe i will hitup that firecracker store, can show my neice and nephew the "good" fireworks ;)