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Post# 967354   11/11/2017 at 15:25 (317 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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My family used to vacation at the beach when I was younger. I think I stayed in most of the motels there over the years. Most of them had been built in the 1950s and 60s.

The earliest visits I remember were two rooms in the same motel. They had white Dwyer kitchens as far as I can tell. There was a range that had four or possibly three burners and an oven. I was afraid of the oven because the broiler had wire type elements and I had never seen one that old. There was also a sink which had vents on the panel below it and the fridge was somewhere under the counter with cabinets above. I was also fascinated with the bathroom exhaust fan. I can now identify it as a Nutone Heat a Ventlite. It was round and had a round glass light in the middle which came on with the light over the mirror. The other switch I was told turned on a heater which I was afraid to turn on. That motel was sold about 1996 and the kitchens were all redone a time or two since.

Another old motel we stayed at a few times in different rooms. THe first one, the kitchen must have been redone in the 90s or late 80s because it had almond laminate cabinets with wood trim pulls along the bottom of the doors and drawers. It had almond Kenmore apartment sized stove and fridge also and the microwave was on top of the fridge. That room had neat fixtures along one wall with built in desks if I recall right. I wanted to see if the fixtures worked but don't remember turning them on.

The second room we stayed there was many years later. It had a Dwyer metal cabinet and backslash on top with a light fixture built in which had two bulbs controlled by a toggle switch and a two prong outlet. The lower cabinets were lime green laminate with big round chrome knobs. The stove was a white apartment sized Glenwood, which was the same as a Sunray, probably 80s and a newer Kenmore apartment sized fridge. This unit also had some cool light fixtures.

That motel was since sold and the new owners completely gutted and remodeled it, but the second room we stayed in was a part across the street, and from what I see on Google Streetview, they just fenced that building off and painted the outside, but don't use it.

Two others we stayed in, one had a Dixie apartment sized range in white, which I thought was so fancy because the controls were on the backsplash which I had never seen on an apt range and it had a grounded convenience outlet.

Another motel had been remodeled and it had white laminate cabinets. Facing the kitchenette, there was a sink on left with cabinet below, on right was a two burner Princess solid element cooktop with an Acme mini fridge below. Above the sink was a GE microwave and above the cooktop was a tiny Brown brand exhaust hood. Looking at new photos, the hoods have been replaced with GE over the range microwaves and the counters and backsplash are granite and smoothtop two burner cooktops.

Also my aunt's house at the beach has a small apartment downstairs and I was told it had an old kitchenette unit down there that was actually old when the house was built in 1985, but she got rid of it because it rusted and leaked.

Post# 967435 , Reply# 1   11/12/2017 at 02:44 (317 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Any of the fedw times I camped in a hotel room the most in cooking you got was a small microwave oven---that's it!Don't think most hotels want guests cooking in their rooms-they want you to use their restaurant instead!I suppose the larger rooms had cooking facilities-never used that.This would be for business folks who may have to stay in the place for over a week or so.-And that was paid for by the company the guest worked for.

Post# 969793 , Reply# 2   11/25/2017 at 03:31 (304 days old) by sudsmaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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I stayed in a Residence Inn in Dallas back in the 90's. It had a little kitchenette. Here's a photo from their web site.

Other hotels/motels may provide kitchenettes. Seems like the "extended stay" ones are more likely to have them.


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Post# 969795 , Reply# 3   11/25/2017 at 03:45 (304 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Resident Inn

I tried to travel and stay in Marriott properties to maximize my points with them. I spent dozens of nights in those Residence Inns. They were handy for me because I could use the living room/kitchen to meet with local managers and didn't have to rent a meeting room. I don't see the compact dishwasher under the counter but it may be hidden by the divider. Some of those had the cooktop seen here, and some had a regular range--particularly if it was a 2- or 3-bedroom suite.

Growing up, we never stayed in any hotels or motels with kitchenettes, but my mother wouldn't have cooked or fixed in them anyway! Those were the days when at least my father would see the room before he agreed to it, as the chains weren't all over the place like they are now. In fact, for us it was unusual to find a Holiday Inn or a HoJo or Rodeway Inn in the little towns we tended to stay in.

And do you remember how motels used to have complimentary stationery and postcards in the rooms? Back when I smoked umpteen years ago I used to buy and collect old motel ashtrays. And, of course, there used to be monogrammed linens, too.

Boy, are those days gone!

Post# 969801 , Reply# 4   11/25/2017 at 04:51 (304 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

I usually stay at Candlewood Suites hotels when I'm in Minneapolis/St.Paul for work or pleasure. A one bedroom suite features living room furniture, a separate bedroom + a large kitchen table. A studio room has the appliances but a much smaller table and no separate bedroom. GE appliances.

Laundry is free of charge. There's also a small convenience store that operates on the honor system. Check off the items you take on an invoice, write down your room number and put the slip in a drop box. Of course, it goes without saying that the honor system includes a battalion of security cameras, LOL.

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Post# 969803 , Reply# 5   11/25/2017 at 05:14 (303 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Isn't It Nice

to have a kitchenette, particularly if you're staying more than one night? I used to travel most of the time with a compact juicer, trying to make vegetable juice at least one meal, and it was sure nice to have that kitchen sink and dishwasher.

The trouble with Marriott's Residence Inns is that over the years they've become used a lot by people displaced from their homes for whatever reason--house fires, floods, whatever. So there can be a really irritating number of noise-making bratty kids around. So, even though they fit in my travel budgets, there were some that I avoided for that reason.

Post# 970279 , Reply# 6   11/27/2017 at 16:37 (301 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I've stayed at the Best Western Hannaford Suites in Cincinnati at least 3, maybe 4 times. Though it's less than 40 mins. from my home, I wanted to stay near medical care after having procedures such as gall bladder surgery and oral surgery. The rooms had kitchenettes with a 2-unit cooktop, full-size refrigerator, and single-bowl sink.

The first motel I remember being in that had in-room kitchen facilities was the Red Carpet Motor Inn, located in St. Louis, MO. That was in Oct. '71.

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