Rainbow Motel - Hotels - 845 Hartford Tpke, Shrewsbury, MA

Rainbow Motel - Hotels - 845 Hartford Tpke, Shrewsbury, MA
1/24/2016 Updated review

Heads up New Englanders: I recently received a message from the new owners.  They say that they've hired new staff, implemented new procedures and regularly deep clean the lil cabins.  So, on my next trip back east, I'll give them another shot, and I'll certainly let you know how it goes afterwards.

10/11/2013 Previous review Way back when, when I lived in Shrewsbury, I would pass by these adorable tiny little pastel colored… Way back when, when I lived in Shrewsbury, I would pass by these adorable tiny little pastel colored collection of tiny little cottages every day. I would hope for a day I could stay in these tiny little rainbow colored respites. Fast forward ten or so years, I've moved to Southern California, and have been summoned back to the area for a wedding.  My opportunity was knocking!     When I pulled into their lot, I saw that the once adorable pastel cottages were now all one uniform color. They were an off white color. That off-white color they always paint hallways with.  Well, minor change...it'll be great still. I went into the office, and inquired about a room. The nice old middle-eastern lady asked for my license, and began to fill out a form. She wrote some things wrong, and  put on another pair of glasses to continue, and continued for a bit.  She called for help, and her husband came out to finish checking me in.   After running my card through his machine twice (for 67 cents on accident, then 67 dollars the second time) he handed me a key with a blue tag.  Room 109a was to be my shelter for the evening.  I got in my car, and drove around the drive to cottage 109a. I backed in and then entered the cottage.   I'll admit, my observational skills were hampered by the dire need for a toilet. But after I had relieved myself, I took note of my surroundings.  I had initially just brought my backpack in, and I had removed my shoes upon entering. I went out in socks to collect the rest of my things. I stopped short when I felt pain in my foot, and upon investigation, I saw sparkly things reflecting in the light all around on the ground. It seemed as if glass had been broken, and while the large pieces were picked up, the tiny shards were left behind.  They seemed to be sprinkled about, effectively caltrops for those out in their socks.   I retreated for my shoes, and gathered the rest of my things. Finally I began to notice my surroundings.  I heard the toilet was still running from my flushing some time ago. The ancient wood-paneled cottage was stocked with a microwave, a full sized fridge and a tiny little TV perched on top of it. While the toilet seemed clean, the rest of the bathroom was filthy. [Remember that I 'm a single bachelor; my levels of 'clean' are lowered substantially to begin with.] The place looked like it hadn't been used in ages. Uncovered electrical outlets were scattered about the place; including the bathroom. A spare wooden plank served as a bathroom countertop.  Dirt was caked at the bottom of the shower, and on the white cinder brick wall that adjoined my cottage with the next; there was a random red stain, (from jelly I hope) smeared and was forever running down the wall. There was even a good sized cobweb behind the door.   Not daring to go beneath the top cover, I simply pulled it over on top of myself and fell asleep. I heard the toilet still running as I drifted off. When my alarms screamed at 5:30AM I awoke. Without showering, I hurriedly packed my stuff in the car and fled to the sanctuary of the Dunkin donuts across the street. Where I now write this review.    I sighed as my quaint little rainbow motel dream was tossed into a wood chipper. The red steaming mass that came out the other end was the reality.  They did have cable, and a wifi bubble. So...that kinda put some sparkly glitter into the gruesome red pile.       Seriously, Rainbow motel people. Your capable of so much; please, clean, update, paint, clean and clean again. It's sad. You can make it great again. Or you can exist in this miserable form until you shut down. Get Gordon Ramsey there with his hotel show. Read more Roomy interior... Roomy interior... Cute little cottages Cute little cottages
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