Looked forward to non, big-chain hotel to experience local flavor.
After long day's travel, came to hotel with imaginatively decorated/landscaped grounds. Amazing. (Wished I'd time to explore, but it was getting dark.) Personable host checked me in & showed 1st floor room, which appeared just as on web site photos. No problem. Contented, tired, I bring in luggage. Begin unpacking, settling in -- usual routine.
Grabbed plate from kitchen; it felt greasy, unclean. Tried another plate, another -- one after the other, dishware, glasses, cups, silverware -- everything was greasy. Loaded full-size dishwasher with everything; ran washer & proceeded to clean up kitchen.
(Noticed vat-sized container of insecticide under cabinet & dismissively thought the exterminator must have forgotten it.)
Resumed unpacking & attempted to turn on ventilation system, which made deafeningly loud jet-engine like noise -- but did indeed cool the room.
Returned to kitchen shocked to discover water leaking from dishwasher. Put down kitchen towels to soak up water & re-check dishwasher door to ensure it was closed properly (which it was).
Returned to bedroom to finish unpacking & lie down briefly to relax & watch a little TV. Turned on cathode ray tube TV, which was snowy. Changed channels with remote to see if a different station had better reception -- no luck. Remote stopped working; manually turned off TV.
Went into kitchen. Finished cleaning up kitchen floor after dishwasher ran through cycle. Emptied dishwasher, put away all kitchenware.
Placed food on newly cleaned plate. Went to sit on sofa to relax & eat. Sat down & rapidly, deeply *sank* into sofa cushion -- descended into seemingly bottomless pit -- nearly dropped plate out of my hand.
After crawling out of sofa pit, chose to sit on kitchen chair -- tested with hand 1st (to ensure safety) -- and ate meal at table.
Got up from table to open blind by sliding glass door (in living room) & one of the blind blades fell off. Examined blade closely & noticed its latch spot was broken. (The blade was merely placed there to "appear" fine.)
Saw gaps by sliding glass door & under front door; thought the heat from outside must come in through those gaps & likewise the cool air from inside must seep outside. That reminded me to turn off the jet engine cooling system at this point because I was nearly deaf & half dead from exhaustion. I needed sleep.
Who knows what woke me up from dead sleep, but since awake, it seemed good use of time to prep for tomorrow's work.
Proceeded to kitchen table, but some movement in living room caught my eye. (Must be imagining things; I'm overly tired.) Re-focused on work & found my attention drawn away again by movement
in living rm. Apparently under-door gaps are invitation for small wildlife to come visit; amusing & interesting at 1st until it took Kafkaesque-turn.
After washing off blood, packed up work & rest of bags, attempted to make graceful exit at morning light.
Kind host seemed genuinely distressed at my early departure, but I hadn't the time or energy to explain; I had to be at work within the half hour and find new habitable accommodations for the evening.
So much for going native.
I'm sure others have wonderful experiences at Sunnyvale, & what I've described are the mere whinings of the weak.
(Welcomed back into the coddling arms of big-chain hotel is exactly what I needed.)
Sunnyvale is best suited for the hearty.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in TwentyNine Palms, CA, just minutes outside the main entrance to the world's largest military base, Twentynine Palms U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC). The MCAGCC marine base is only 4 ½ miles to the north. This makes it perfect for 29 Palms military lodging. The 29 Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, one million acres of unspoiled Mojave Desert wilderness is located about three miles to the south. Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel is conveniently situated central to the 29 Palms shopping and dining. Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel offers the only fully furnished hotel accommodations in Twentynine Palms, including all services and amenities one would expect at any fine hotel. Our junior, one and two bedroom suites are over-sized and roomy. They are beautifully decorated with an eclectic style of new and early 20th-century furnishings. Every spacious executive suite is fully equipped from A to Z: kitchens, high speed internet (wired and wireless), 24” or 27” TV and DVD players. Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel is the only “extended stay hotel” lodging in 29 Palms, however we welcome many overnight guests as well. Our large one and two bedroom suites are excellent for group meeting and gatherings. The extra comfort we offer will be very much appreciated after a long day of work, or a full day of hiking, rock climbing or just plain adventure in the Joshua Tree National Park! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunnyvale Garden Hotel Twentynine Palms
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