Hostel experiences can be hit and miss…. this was a BIG miss!


So unimpressed right now. It’s my trouble in Paradise I guess!

Staying at a hostel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and moving to a different hotel tonight before I head to Bahamas tomorrow (slumming it I know!) But honestly, when that little voice in my brain says “You are an adult… you can pay for decent things” I shall be listening. I could have paid for a private room… but no….. just one night, it’s fine!!

No! No! No! Not fine.
I got shown to my room and I would be sharing with a nice girl named Patricia…. oh ok! There is a woman sleeping when I go in at 9pm and when she rolls over I get the fright of my life!! I hope I masked my shocj…. she is not a girl, she’s like 60! And I’m so fine with staying with mature people but this was just not what I was expecting. Also the sun and the cigarettes have not been kind to her skin over the years – argh!

So anyway, not happy but it’s one night. One terrible night!!

She slept with the light on! I turned it off. It came back on. She smoked, There were beers in the bathroom rubbish bin. And I’m pretty sure she kinda lives there… it was like I was crashing in some friends Aunties room for the night. WHAT! I didn’t sleep til 3.30am. She woke up at 7, since she’d been sleeping since NINE!! And again the light switching game was played She’d leave the room to smoke and drink wine…. (yes I saw a bottle in the bin at 10am this morning) and so I would switch off the light. Go back to sleep and wake up to a bright light again! WHAT! Lady…. it’s called sunlight…. that’s why you don’t need a light on in the day.

If you are promoting as a hostel/ hotel, that’s fine. But you can’t do both in the same room! It really felt like I was just shoved in this womans hotel room for the night. Florida you are so odd! And I am all for “grey nomads”, travel at any age is amazing. But I’m not the hugest advocate of downing wine at 10am… and I do believe in reserving electricity, especially when one is trying to sleep.

URGH!!! So as you can guess, I’m wretched right now and exhausted. 6 hours or something of broken sleep. And a 6.15am wake up call tomorrow. Pretty please let me get some shut eye!!

Bahamas… you cannot be coming at a better time!!

End rant.

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