4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 5, 2014 7:13 AM by erc RSS

Ghost town stays: Have you ever had any?

erc Platinum
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I needed to make an after dinner pickup of a package (it sounds more exotic than it was) in Aberdeen Md. and rather than make a three hour round trip, I decided to use my handy Cat. 4 Certificate and stay the night at the Residence Inn at Ripken Stadium (a lovely minor league ballpark, the home field for the Aberdeen Ironbirds, the Orioles farm team where many of their early round draft picks debut). I've been to several games here, but have never stayed and certainly not on a 5 degree night in the middle of winter. I pulled up, on a poorly lit, icy covered side street (Long Drive - get it?) around 9pm to the combo CY/Residence Inn and saw seven vehicles in the parking lot. Upon walking into the Residence Inn lobby here's the sign that greeted me  
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I walked through the hallway to the CY and met the personable front desk associate handling both property check ins and was given two keys, one for entering the CY from the parking lot and then one for my room at the attached Residence Inn. Walking from the lot to my room I did not see one person. The property built in 2007 has two nice lobby areas; 78 Res Inn suites and 114 CY rooms (the CY even had coffee out, but he informed me that they are going to the Bistro concept this month, so we all know what that means). The property stays busy during the week serving Aberdeen Proving Grounds (design and testing of ordnance materiel) and all of the 'consultants' (like the nearby Batelle) and from March until November houses baseball teams for the youth tournaments at the adjoining fields. Weekends in the winter can be very, very, slow the friendly front desk associate informed me - indeed. I had a pleasant stay, celebrating the fact that this Res. Inn, unlike several trending away, offered the traditional popcorn. The breakfast was fit for a king (I saw another guest at breakfast, who said I was the first guest he had seen since his 5 pm check in) and won high marks because it was old school and had it's soda fountain turned on for breakfast (by consuming diet Pepsi, I could pour more syrup on my waffle). As I checked out around 7:45 am and 3 degrees, there were 12 cars in the lot, 3 of them employees, so few guests had checked in (and I doubt if many had checked out before me). I had an enjoyable stay and the Chernobyl like environment made for an unique experience.
How about you fellow Insiders, have you had any similar experiences where you virtually had the property to yourself?
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                         Cal Ripken Stadium - Aberdeen, MD
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           Youth baseball complex for tournaments - 5 fields
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      Popcorn still provided - entrance key and room key

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  • Re: Ghost town stays: Have you ever had any?
    lakersfan Platinum 20 Reviews
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    Cool review and interesting situation.  My only "ghost town" stay was after 9/11.  I was spent 5 nights at the CY in Syracuse NY waiting for a flight home.  I believe there were only four or five other rooms occupied.  The hotel was very accommodating.  I would pack up and head to the airport several times each day hoping that they would be a flight out.  The front desk said "if you don't come back we will check you out!"

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    eb5147 Alumni Steward Platinum 7 Reviews
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    We've had that happen a couple of times that I can remember.

     

    The first time was in Minnetonka, MN at least a decade ago.  We left my mother's-in-law house a day or so before Christmas and on Christmas, we found a nice looking hotel that wasn't part of a chain.  It had a nice lodge look with a beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby that went up at least to 20 feet.  We were the only ones in the hotel.

     

    The 2nd time was a couple of years ago when we were going to the Keys and checking in on Sat., 2 days after Thanksgiving.  We found a new CY near Miami in the hotel guide at the service station across from a casino that was just north of there.  It was a huge CY next door to the new Hampton Inn at which we'd stayed a year or 2 prior to this when we were on our way to the Keys.  There was hardly anyone in the CY, probably for a combination of reasons.  It was new, on a holiday weekend, and next door to a Hampton that offered free breakfast.  We really lucked out by getting to stay there, though.  Besides getting the room for the coupon rate despite the fact that it was considered a holiday; we got 2500 extra points for staying there at a time when it was new.  

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    eb5147 Alumni Steward Platinum 7 Reviews
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    Nice write-up and article.  Thanks, erc .

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    erc Platinum
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    Hey guess what everyone? Here's an interesting sidebar, not only did I get my package, but in the middle of my boxes was a box (which I opened at home as part of my 'assembly line' process) for one of their regular guests who stay there Monday thru Thursday (a bit like your husband eb) virtually year round. It was a juicer!

    So there definitely were some "spirits" involved that night (you decide which kind ).  Thanks for sharing your stories, you guys.

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