눉Believe me when I say this was bad. I have slept on floors in Bolivia, in Moroccan hostels, and tents in remotest reaches of the globe, yet this stood out as the worst.
In a row of run-down hotels in downtown Montreal, this may be the most run-down of them all. The broken sign in front, the surly people constantly stationed outside (some of them clearly "professionals") and the peeling paint all give an imminent sense of dread. However, once one walks along the squishy and stained carpet to the room, things only get worse.
The bathroom was obviously plopped down as an afterthought in the corner of the room, complete with missing fixtures, stained towels, and tepid water. The closet had a huge hole in its base from which bugs crawled. The table and chairs were clearly patio furniture. The mini-fridge had unidentifiable "goop" in it. The bedspread was stained and crusty and smelled as if it had not been washed since the dated furniture was installed.
When we arrived, our room was not ready yet so we were told to come back later, even though it was far past when the check-in time was scheduled. When we returned, the cleaning lady rushed out of the room (and apparently forgot to replace the toiletries). One night, arriving late at the hotel, I was not allowed inside by a man stationed on the patio furniture near the door. When I told him I was a guest, he just shrugged his shoulders until somebody else came to get me. The man who came to get me was nice enough to step away from his argument with a lady-of-the-night who was attempting to rent a room for the hour. She was saying how the prices had gone up and he mentioned, en francais, that it was because of people like myself who had come in for a music festival that weekend and that she could come back the next day for the regular rates. I suspect that that was why our room was not ready when we arrived...