Does your dream hotel experience include an on site spa and 800 thread count sheets?
How about dirty condoms on the floor?
If you’re leaning towards spa and away from used contraceptives, don’t stay at any of these 10 hotels on your next trip. Do, however, spend a few minutes giggling over the hilarious reviews from ticked off guests.
10 Worst Hotels in the United States
(based heavily on TripAdvisor reviews)
1. Hotel Carter – New York, NY
I can only imagine that Hotel Carter remains open because it offers $107 rooms a block from Times Square. But what they make up for in location and price, they lack in basic housekeeping. The Hotel Carter has been rated one of the dirtiest hotels in the United States 3 years in a row.
Previous guests at the Hotel Carter said:
- “The lobby smells like something dead, and the people there are fairly sketchy.”
- “We go into the rooms right we open the door a A VERMIN across the floor. In the bath tub we found 4 INSECTS actual THINGS in the sheets”
- “Avoid. Sleep in the subway or join the homeless fellow on the sidewalk just outside the Carter.”
The first time I see a rat run across the floor, I’m out of there!
2. The Plaza Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
Again, a great location and a low price leads to disaster. The Plazz Hotel & Casino is located across the street from the Freemont Experience and offers rooms for less than $50 a night. You get what you pay for, and apparently what you’re paying for is bloody sheets.
Previous guests at The Plaza Hotel & Casino said:
- “There is one way for the Plaza to improve and its called implosion followed by sterilization.”
- “It’s old and the carpet is starting to peel off the wall. The bathroom ceiling was sagging and the tub was stained.” (I’m sorry – carpet on the WALL???)
- “The first night we were so tired we didnt even bother to notice when we went to bed that there was BLOOD on the flip side of the pillow.”
- “the bathrooms are worse than gas station bathroom”
- “If there was a drive by here I would not be surprised.”
3. Continental Bayside Hotel – Miami Beach, FL
Do we have to have the talk about location and price again? It seems a great room in Miami for less than $100 per night really is too good to be true.
Previous guests of the Continental Bayside Hotel said:
- “we had to go and buy sheets and towels because the room was soo filthy”
- “I had bed bug bites all over me!!”
- “Our room had wallpaper pealing from the walls and there were black dirty smears on the painted areas of the walls.”
- “… the cabby laughed when we asked him to take us there!”
4. New York Inn – New York, New York
Of the 140 reviews of the New York Inn hotel on TripAdvisor, 110 gave the hotel the lowest rating of “Terrible”. Complaints covered service and cleanliness… and rodents.
Previous guests of the New York Inn said:
- “The place was absolutely CRAWLING WITH MICE – you could literally watch them scurrying around the hallways and i woke to found one chewing on our (threadbare) carpet.”
- “Receptionist had to be called from Subway next door for checking in”
- “we had to buy a mouse trap at 2′ in the morning”
- “As soon as they took us up to our room I burst out in tears.”
5. Eden Roc Motel – Wildwood, New Jersey
I’m not sure why people are taking family vacations to New Jersey in the first place, but surely even New Jersey offers better than the Eden Roc Motel. $135 a night should buy you clean linens at the very least.
Previous guests of Eden Roc Motel said:
- “The rooms were dirty. The bathrooms were atrocious. The lady managing the place fought with most of the guests.”
- “Don’t even think about it, if I had to do it again, I would pick sleeping on the beach instead.”
- “The pillows had stains on them and the blankets on the bed were damp and smelled. we used our beach towels to cover the beds to sleep on them.”
6. Airport Plaza – Brook Park, Ohio
While the Airport Plaza is near the Cleveland Airport, you’ll need to consider how you’re going to get the required can of RAID through airport security if you stay here. It seems to be located next door to a topless bar – whether that’s a plus or minus, of course, is a matter of perspective.
Previous guests of Airport Plaza said:
- “the chairs had spiderwebs and spiders all over underneath them, as well as on the wall”
- “the sheets had some red spots on them and I found out it was blood droplets from the Bed bugs that were taking over the place..when my bags started to move around, I thought it was time to leave.”
- “One of the beds was broken and propped up with a stack of Bibles.”
- “Once you get past the prostitutes and drug deals going on in the parking lot, the hotel itself is a run-down, falling-apart dump.”
7. Travelodge – Bangor, Maine
I like the idea of staying in chain hotels, because I assume there is a parent company making sure some basic standards are maintained. Unfortunately for the Travelodge family, their Bangor property is falling down on the job, and dragging the Travelodge name down with them.
Previous guests of the Travelodge Bangor said:
- “the toilet was stained with brown; not to mention it was cracked”
- “The bathroom had silverfish on the floor, looked like human feces smeared on the back of the bathroom door, and they left their pet spider in the corner(maybe it was there to catch the siverfish (sic)).”
- “the only thing keeping the ceiling up in the bathroom was the green and black mold”
8. Velda Rose Resort Hotel – Hot Springs, Arkansas
This hotel is one of the highest rated hotels on the list. The average “star” rating is about a 3 – which should suggest a bug free zone. And yet, 80% of the hotel reviews were squarely in the negative column.
Previous guests of the Velda Rose Resort Hotel said:
- “The ceiling leaked, ants every where”
- “Dark, dirty, abundance of mildew, old furnishings, musty odors abounding. The town itself is shabby enough; this hotel seemed to be the crown jewel of the rather sad, got-passed-by town.”
- “I think Velda died in our room.”
9. Ramada Plaza Hotel JFK Airport – Jamaica, New York
Another hotel with location, name brand recognition, and a modest star rating on its side. However, the Ramada Plaza Hotel near JFK Airport charges full price for dirty sheets.
Previous guests of the Ramada Plaza Hotel JFK Airport said:
- “The hotel is dirty and smelly, I didn’t even turned down the bedding, afraid of what be under it! The front desk staff were unfriendly.”
- “The problem with this hotel is that 90% of the people that stay there are from cancelled (sic) airline flights. You have to deal with bus loads of people coming in all at once from cancelled (sic) flights. Everyone, especially the hotel personnel, is pissed off.”
- “We stayed here because our American Airlines flight had been canceled and the airline gave us a voucher. We had stayed here about nine years ago–same reason, delayed flight. The place apparently had not been cleaned between these two stays.”
10. Beaches Oceanfront Resort – Daytona Beach, FL
The word “resort” brings to mind luxury and relaxation. Everyone knows that. Sadly, the people at Beaches Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach didn’t get the memo.
Past guests of Beaches Oceanfront Resort said:
- “If you consider Hell a resort, then this is a resort”
- “The carpet was so dirty and wet we had to ware socks all the time. There were wall plates missing, elect outlets lose, wall broken away from the A/C, wallpaper peeling with mold behind it, the bath tub was not clean, paint peeling from the celling (sic).”
- “if you like a hotel with filthy carpets, stained and dirty bed linen, smoke detectors hanging from the ceiling, exposed wiring, paper thin walls and roaches then this is the place for you.
Is there anything better than a bitter hotel reviewer with a healthy sense of sarcasm?
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