Battle your way to room with absent desk attendant
Posted Feb 24, 2016
The location was the only good thing about this place. When we arrived, we had to battle through a crowd of people pushing to sell us suits, sunglasses, watches, handbags... and they didn't take "no, thank you" as an answer! Right away, 2 or 3 hustlers latched unto us and followed us closely down the corridors, ignoring our firm, repeated "no." It took us about 15 minutes to find the elevator to the cluster of rooms designated as the "Marco Polo." It felt like a scam, as all the different "hotels" were in the same area with a joint service desk.There was a little room with a desk attendant who checked a binder of printed sheets for our reservation. Other "hotels" were also in the binder. The place did not feel safe. We were led to a little room with cigarette burns in the bedsheets, shoes from previous occupants left under the beds, frayed towels, and a questionable shower room with a door that would not close. Every time I needed to use the bathroom, my partner had to try and at least partially close the door for me, then open it back up again when I finished, as it was heavy and stuck in such a way that I couldn't shift it at all. There was no cleaning service. Someone came and knocked on our door to give us toilet paper once, but that was it. When it was time to check out, the room to the desk was locked, and once we got in, there was no desk attendant. We ended up leaving our keys on the desk with a note, along with two other sets of keys and notes from other tenants.