Every September my husband and I go to San Francisco for a quiet get-away. This year September 2007 we cut our time short in the city to stay one night at the Lodge. I heard the stories about the Brookdale Lodge, but wanted to see for myself. Being completely open-minded and wanting to see the "permanent visitors" I felt we had a chance.
We checked in, went to our room (#22) to get settled and wait for the dining room to open at 5pm. (One of spots where at least two "visitors" have been viewed).
We were the first to be seated in the dining room. Nothing. I even took pictures in hopes of "catching" something... nothing. While the dining room looked a bit tired and past its prime, the food was wonderful! Very generous portions, nicely presented, so we had a great dinner with no "visitors..." I was terribly sad, but I guess it wasn't meant to be.
We went back to our room, turned the television on and watched news for a short while when we heard someone moving into the room right next to us. (With a seemingly empty parking lot... Why do they put people in rooms right next to each other?) We were getting a little concerned as our new neighbors were a bit too loud. Not their television, but conversation muffled and lots of walking around. My husband always travels with earplugs just for occasions like these (noisy hotel neighbors). He seemed to be okay for the evening we turned the lights off went to sleep.
We woke probably 3 hours later with our room being incredibly hot. The heater switch is off, no heat coming from the heating unit. We figured it was our downstairs neighbor's heater (you know, the theory heat rises). Our neighbors were still walking around but their talking stopped. We fell back asleep.
As we checked out the next morning, I inquired of our host if we had neighbors in the rooms on either side of us. The answer was no. The heat thing? Probably unlikely our room would become incredibly hot without the heating source being in the room.
My thoughts, we didn't see the "permanent visitors" but we heard them and I'm very pleased.