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Q: What To Do When You’re Booked Into A Dirty Hotel Room PDF Print E-mail

We woke up in our Vegas upscale hotel to find bedbugs in the sheets, and bloody bites on our legs.When we complained, the desk clerk offered to move us to another room down the hall. We quickly checked out and refused to pay our bill. Did we do right? Mrs. PKMcD, Chicago IL

A: Of course you were correct. Try to prevent it from happening again. Always travel with a small flashlight, and as soon as you check into your room, immediately pull back covers and sheets, and make a close check. If you see soiling or bugs, notify the front desk, check out and find another hotel. Also, report the situation to local health authorities.

Q: Is Las Vegas Nickel And Diming Itself Into Oblivion? PDF Print E-mail

I’ve enjoyed Vegas for many years, but won’t. return. Typical phony ads feature rooms for as low as $29.99 a night. However, you actually pay much more. With resort fees, city taxes and parking of $20 to $40 a day, the actual prices rise to $100 and more a night. Any suggestions? TTL, Anaheim CA

A: For more economical gambling, drive 30 miles south of Vegas to Laughlin, NV. No parking nor resort fees. Enjoy xlnt views of the beautiful Colorado River. Also, looser slots, less crowds and much lower dining prices. And you can still get a room for $29.99 with no add-ons.

Senior Widow Seriously Considering Singles Cruising PDF Print E-mail

Q: My family keeps urging me to get out and back into the senior travel social scene with a cruise. What do you suggest? MPL, Houston TX

A: Good idea, and there are many choices. For example, Silversea Cruises offers a Gentlemen Hosts program on some sailings. Single women dine and dance aboard socially with mature male escorts. If you enjoy that one, next time sail on a senior singles cruise, where potential relationships can happen.

San Francisco CA: Can I Visit Expensive City On A Budget? PDF Print E-mail

Q: Our love for the beautiful City by the Bay goes way, way back to WW2 Navy days. Sailed under the Golden Gate, partied at the Top of the Mark, dined in Chinatown and rode the cable cars. We’ve been back many times since, but uncertain about this year. Hotel prices, always high, are now out of sight. Is it worth it anymore? PMO’L, Chicago IL

A: For starters, instead of hotels, check AirBnB ads online. They’re much lower priced and, if traveling with a group, you get an attractive house or apartment with several bedrooms for less per night than you’d pay for one hotel room.

Q: Is Staying In An Airb&b Better Than At A Hotel? PDF Print E-mail

Planning our annual week at the beach. There’s a favorite hotel where we’ve spent 10 years of great vacations. This year’s room rate is up nearly 30% over last year, and more than twice as much as we paid just a couple of years ago. We’re considering booking an Airbnb house. What’s your opinion? JLK, Scranton PA

A: You may have read that Airbnbs are much cheaper, and you get an entire house for less than you’ll pay for a hotel room. However, you don’t get help with your bags, pool, spa, room cleaning and other usual hotel amenities. Before you decide, check online and with friends and family members who’ve experienced Airbnbs.


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