I'm an CRM archaeologist in the US. I mostly manage projects/crews, and that involves finding accommodations for everyone. I've been thinking a lot about motels recently and what I ought to be prioritizing when I choose one.
It really goes without saying that I want to stay (and I want my crew to stay) some place that is reasonably safe, clean, and structurally sound. I also need to find a place that's reasonably close to the project. After that, there seems to be a divide between what I predict people will want/need and what they actually complain about not having.
For me, if it's a project lasting more than a couple of days, it's really nice to have a room with a mini fridge. Some motels - particularly mom and pop places and those that cater to fishing tourism, etc. - have these in every room as a standard amenity. Other places (often the more upscale ones) may only have a few available in the entire building and might charge extra to put one in your room. A microwave is also helpful, but I can survive without being able to cook. Not having a fridge really cuts down on my options for lunch.
Everything else is icing on the cake for me.
The thing people I work with seem to want most, though, is free wireless internet. I know the internet is invaluable for keeping in touch with friends and family when you're traveling all over the country and it may be vital for finding your next job. I'm probably underestimating the importance of that second part, since it's been a while since I've had to do that. I've stayed in a lot of places that advertised wireless internet, but I ended up having to sit in the parking lot outside the office to get a signal or it didn't work at all and the manager was perpetually "having someone coming over to fix it." Chain motels seem to do a better job with it, but those are also the places less likely to have refrigerators. I guess a faint hope of probably-not-very-good wireless access doesn't strike me as a fair trade for being able to keep perishable foods in my room, but again, I may be underestimating the necessity of it.
Obviously, the ideal is to find a motel with both fridges and internet access, but that not always possible.
So, any thoughts? What do you think is necessary/unnecessary in a field motel? If you had to choose between a fridge and internet, which would you go for?
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