Travel Trials: She Booked A 2-Star Hotel For Our Vacation, Should I Still Room With Her?

August 12, 2016  |  

2-Star Hotel


(As relayed by Lauren R.D. Fox based on a culmination of experiences)

My cousin and I will be traveling to Salamanca, Spain in December. To plan our trip more efficiently, we delegated tasks to one another —I had to choose the tours and restaurants we would go to and she had to book hotels and figure out nightlife spots.

Unfortunately, my cousin missed the memo about staying in livable conditions. She chose a hotel that was relatively cheap, which of course I didn’t mind, but the reviews on Yelp and Google are horrendous. People have complained about the hotel’s rooms smelling like urine, sightings of rodents and their droppings, and to add insult to injury, the hotel staff isn’t the friendliest.

When I spoke to my cousin about my obvious concerns, she read me for filth—no pun intended.

She told me she chose the hotel because that was the only one she can afford and said because we’ll hardly be in the room it shouldn’t matter. She proceeded to say that she felt disrespected that I didn’t like her choice, “after searching high and low,” to find an affordable hotel for us and that she didn’t see anything wrong with the complaints because “you know, people over exaggerate on the internet.”

My friends and even my parents have told me not to stay with her and find a better lodging space to stay. As much as I would like to, I don’t want to leave my cousin all by herself.

Should I?

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