The 10 Ten Dirtiest Hotels in America

Health & Safety, Hotels & Resorts, In-Room Reviews, New York City, Websites and Blogs — By on April 1, 2009 at 10:18 am

Dirty Hotel NYCby Amanda Pressner
LG Executive Editor

One of our biggest beefs with travel journalism (and dare we say, the glossy magazines that we love so well) is that we rarely, if ever, hear or read anything negative about a property. When was the last time you paged through an article sharing the downsides of booking at a particular hotel? It seems to us that knowing where NOT to stay is just as important hearing about the newest, slickest and trendiest properties, which is why we love TripAdvisor’s annual “Dirtiest Hotels” report. The annual “awards” are given out to the filthiest properties in the US and around the world as determined by ratings given by the websites readers (you can read about the 443 Best Properties by clicking here.

Once again, NYC’s Hotel Carter tops the list as skankiest property in the entire US. This former Times Square homeless shelter turned $130 per night hotel not only has bedbugs, leaking ceilings and filthy hallways, but as the Daily News reported “a body under the bed.” Sure, that was in the 80’s, but apparently, the quality of the hotel hasn’t risen much since then.

What follows it list of TripAdvisor’s 2009 Dirtiest Hotels, including some fantasticly creative reviews, and properties to avoid the UK and Asia (to read about Europe and India’s gems, click here. All we can say is, it’s a good thing they don’t rate backpacker hostels!

United States

1.Hotel Carter, New York City, New York

“I think it would have been cleaner to sleep on the street.”

“I have traveled extensively, domestically and abroad, and I have never encountered such a dirty and substandard hotel, to the point that I was concerned for my health.”

“It should be shut down by the board of health.”

2.Continental Bayside Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida

“Rooms were filthy; walls were smeared with unknown substance, furniture was broken and damaged, showerhead was rusty.”

“Truly disgusting hotel! I’d rather sleep in my car!”

“One bed had blood on the sheets, other body fluids smeared on the windows, exposed wires, extremely poor service.”

3.New York Inn, New York City, New York

“Roaches everywhere! One so big he could have helped me bring my suitcase upstairs, and the room and washroom were full of them as well!”

“The room had numerous holes in the wall covered by tape, the wallpaper was coming off the walls and you could not see out the windows due to the mold.”

“The bedding was horrendous; all sorts of indefinable stains, both on the synthetic bedspread and sheets, which were by the way never changed during our entire eight nights stay.”

4.Eden Roc Motel, Wildwood, New Jersey

“Pure filth. Do not stay here, you’re better served by sleeping in your car or sleeping underneath the boardwalk.”

“The room we checked in smelled like CAT URINE and the air conditioner didn’t work.”

“Paint was chipping from the walls and the carpets were filthy! The air conditioner blew warm mildew-smelling air.”

5.Airport Plaza, Brook Park, Ohio

“My blanket had cigarette holes in it. The sheets were too small for the bed and barely fit around the bed corners. The rug was filthy.”

“The bathroom was unsuitable for bathing. I asked for a cloth to clean the bathroom myself, PLEASE NOTE: I ASKED TO CLEAN THE BATHROOM MYSELF, and was denied any cleaning cloth or soap to do so.”

“Tiles falling down, broken windows, stained carpet, dirty bed sheets and towels. Completely disgusting.”

6.Days Inn Airport / Stadium Tampa, Tampa, Florida

“Wouldn’t put my worst enemy in this filthy motel.”

“With growing horror I peeled back each layer and found more and more bugs on the sheets, on the mattress pad and on the mattress itself.”

“My room, directly across from the pool is covered in hair, stains, smells and colors on the sheets, blankets, carpet and curtains.”

7.Travelodge Bangor, Bangor, Maine

“The room was so musty that you could hardly catch your breath when you first got in.”

“The place was disgusting. It was one of those places where you sleep with one eye open.”

“If you are reading the previous reviews thinking ‘it can’t be that bad’ – it is.”

8.Velda Rose Resort Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas

“The floor was damp and the bathroom had water on the floor and we never found out where it was coming from.”

“Upon arriving at the hotel, you can feel the moisture in the air and the smell of mildew. I even found a roach in my room.”

“There were holes in the roof with leaking pipes and the stairwells were filthy. There were dirty sheets in our bedroom and no towels to take showers.”

9.Ramada Plaza Hotel JFK International Airport, Jamaica, New York

“The bugs had a better meal at this place than we did.”

“The first room we were given literally smelled like raw sewage. As soon as we opened the door, we were hit with the odor. I actually gagged.”

“Our room was recently renovated – if you consider 30 plus years recent! I felt like I needed another shower after using the one in our room. Disgusting!”

10.Days Inn & Suites Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

“Where are the suites? Maybe the roaches took them.”

“The room was a disaster! The carpets were soiled terribly, worn, and had cigarette burns.”

“We woke up the next morning to visitors. Our room was infested with ants…I mean they were all over the place. It was awful. We even brought a bunch back home in our suit case.”

The UK

1.Cromwell Crown, London, England
2.Corbigoe Hotel, London, England
3.Nanford Guest House, Oxford, England
4.Cosmopolitan Hotel, Brighton, England
5.Eden Plaza Hotel, London, England
6.Hanover Hotel, London, England
7.Rose Court Hotel, London, England
8.Imperial Hotel, Manchester, England
9.Gresham Hotel Bloomsbury, London, England
10.Park Hotel, London, England


1.First Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
2.Hotel Grand Central, Singapore, Singapore
3.The Imperial Hotel, Hong Kong, China
4.Royal Peacock Hotel, Singapore, Singapore
5.Woraburi Sukhumvit Hotel and Resort, Bangkok, Thailand
6.Colmar Tropicale, A French-Themed Resort, Bentung, Malaysia
7.Oxford Hotel, Singapore, Singapore
8.City Gate Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
9.Royal Parkview Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
10.Aseania Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia

Got a really gross hotel stay you want to rent about? Tell us in the comment section below….

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  • Clare says:

    Hmm, I think this topic might deserve its own Lost Girls survey, too! I’d certainly have a few nominations to contribute to this category as well, though none quite so bad as this top 10. Wow.

  • Cindy Cahill says:

    Nasty. How do these motels get a license? How come they aren’t spot-checked by the board of health?

  • Robin says:

    Why would you stay 8 nights in a hotel in which the bedding was so horribly stained and never changed?? That is absolutely ridiculous! If for some reason you couldn’t switch hotels, wouldn’t you at least buy yourself some sheets so you didn’t have to lay in filth? Completely disgusting!

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