Review: Hammond Indiana Hotel


Magnuson Hotel
4000 S Calumet Ave.
Hammond, IN 46320

Okay, be afraid. This was a huge, run-down hotel that made me want to wear one of those full-body hazmat suits. And being armed with a taser might not hurt either. I don’t even know where to start. The most noticeable aspects were doors missing trim, a bustling long-term rental clientele, and bugs – both dead and alive – in the bathroom. Our room was across from the ice machine – which was missing the bottom grate and leaking all over – so we got to enjoy that noise on and off all night. I was shocked to see people walking down the grimy halls in their bare feet. I was glad we were still full from our lunch at Gino’s because I really didn’t want to leave our room. The couple of times I did (to get hot water for tea) I could smell cigar smoke throughout the hallway. As it got closer to our room, I wanted to complain, but I also wanted to live to see morning. There was an incredibly diverse cultural mix, some of whom were friendly, some who weren’t. I believe the people to our right included an elderly woman and her son because I could hear him yelling to her like she was hard of hearing. This hotel was inexpensive and allowed our dog but it’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for certain!


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K.S. Brooks is an award-winning writer and photographer, author of more than thirty titles, and administrator of the multi-national, multi-author, award-winning site Indies Unlimited. Brooks’ feature articles, poetry, and photography have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit
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