HOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3024 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4428 times:
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When I was looking for some hotels to stay in NYC, I looked around the review sites and saw nothing but terrible reviews for the Hotel Carter. Wasn't surprised to see it at the very top of the worst list. Very glad that I avoided the hotel!
I actually stayed at a hostel instead, and it wasn't a bad experience.
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Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4420 times:
# 1.Hotel Carter, New York City, New York ?!?!?!
I've stayed at that hotel for the A.net meet in 2005.
At $85 a night in Times Square, you can't beat it.
These people are exaggerating how bad the place is. It's not as bad as they make it out to be. The bed was super soft and it has a color TV.
One thing I like is the strong water pressure from the sink and shower.
I'd rather stay at the Hotel Carter instead of a Hostel that has no privacy.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4393 times:
Most of my worst hotels are located in just a single city... London... heavens, there are some horrible dumps there, and some of which are quite expensive...
But the one that absolutely takes the cake was the "Royal National Hotel" - I shudder just thinking about that dump, horrible. Seemed like a hospital converted to a hotel, the rooms had peeling paint all over, whatever covered the floor might have been carpet a couple of decades earlier, the sheets on the beds as well as the bathroom looked like it had been a couple of weeks since they'd seen detergents... and I'm trying not to remember the breakfast...
Thank heavens, our head office isn't in that part of London any longer, but in Kensington - the hotels are a bit more expensive, but at least there's a small chance that you're actually going to get a room that's survivable!
Nkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2668 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4373 times:
I stayed at a Clarion in Lancaster, PA one time when I was doing work there... I checked-in and went to the room to find about 100 termites beat me there already... I immediately checked out and went elsewhere and had the company reimburse me that way... It was disgusting!!
StasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4292 times:
The absolute worst hotel that I ever stayed at was the Vagabond Inn located next to the Convention Center in downtown Long Beach, California. I stayed at this "establishment" for one memorable night when I was apartment hunting in Long Beach. All-time worst choice in hotels:
First room, the door lock didn't work. I went to the front desk, and they re-coded the magnetic key-card. Still didn't work. Front desk goes up to the room - oops, another guest is already in the room. Scary sketchy-looking desk clerks
Second room, dirty carpet that turned the bottom of my socks black with grime. Room smelled like a combination of pot smoke and bad room refresher. At 3 AM, two cracked-out "ladies of the evening" knock on the room door - I politely say "no thanks" to their offer to spread their STDs and climb back into the (lumpy) bed. Upon waking in the morning, I think that maybe a swim in the pool would be refreshing. The hotel has a pool, but there hasn't held water in it for two years. So much for a swim. Checked out the next morning and moved to the Best Western down the block. Had to dispute the hotel's billing to my credit card as they charged me for two nights. After faxing a written dispute to them, American Express finally agrees with me and reverse the charge.
The worst hotel experience of my life.
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"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
There is a nice Vagabond Inn in Pasadena on Colorado bl.
For a cheap hotel in Los Angeles, you should check out The Snooty Fox Inn.
They have mirrors on the ceiling.
The only problem is that it's in South Central LA on Western Ave.
I've stayed there once and I may be back there in a about a month. A girl I reconnected with from high school wants to check out the place, just for fun.
The Saharan on Hollywood bl. is a great hotel and for $69 a night in Hollywood, that is an excellent price. They do have a swimming pool that is very clean too.
Vhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1473 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4254 times:
The worst I've had was a hotel I booked though Qantas holidays for a overnight stay in SYD granted I only paid about $80 for it the room resembled a prison cell. It was all white had two single mattresses on top of each over a wardrobe, coat rack and a chair. The bathroom was across the hall and had a single shower cubical which had a curtain instead of a door but nowhere to hang your clothes.
Not quite as bad but I was staying in a hotel in Warrnambool, Victoria last year the room itself was fine but in the hall right outside our room I noticed there was a huge crack in the ceiling
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Jmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3283 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4188 times:
Quoting Leskova (Reply 3): But the one that absolutely takes the cake was the "Royal National Hotel" - I shudder just thinking about that dump, horrible. Seemed like a hospital converted to a hotel, the rooms had peeling paint all over, whatever covered the floor might have been carpet a couple of decades earlier, the sheets on the beds as well as the bathroom looked like it had been a couple of weeks since they'd seen detergents... a
Quoting Davehammer (Reply 4): The Royal National Hotel is really something else. I'm amazed it still exists!
I stayed at the Royal National back 1989. When we got to the room, the heater had been disconnected from the wall. So we got moved. Back then, it wasn't terrible...it was more or less a melting pot of tourists from all over the world. At the Royal National, I developed an appreciation for the tight turning radiuses of European tour buses as they would frequently make U-turns within the hotel's courtyard-like driveway.
On another note, I've heard horror stories about the Chungking Mansion in Hong Kong. Has anyone stayed there?
WestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4116 times:
When I was in Europe this summer, my Travel Agency booked me at the Royal National. Suffice it to say...I checked out of there ASAP, told my T.A. that I was *not* staying there and managed to get myself a room at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Sq.
To be honest, the Imperial wasn't exactly 5-star, but it was a lot better than peeling paint, vile odors and unbelievable cold (heater was disconnected/not working).
I think the worst hotel I have stayed in without changing was this hotel near YVR, the Fraser Arms I think. Back in 2002, our flight from YVR to YYC was canceled, and as our luck would have it, every flight out of town was overbooked (Stampede, anyone?), so the family and I decided to get a hotel. Once again, no rooms available, and my dad said "damn it, one night at the Fraser Arms or one night on the streets."
I am never staying at anything like the Fraser Arms ever again...
Vandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 502 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4049 times:
Last week i stayed at Hostel the Widget in New York. Luckily not as bad as the Carter Hotel. Still a really bad hostel. Hairs where all over the bedsheets, the carpet felt really dirty, the light was making a zooming noise, and the toilet was seriously out of order. Most hotel quests could not handle this, they thought it would help to try to flush paper. Also homeless people where using the showers. Off witch the windows where fixed in the open position.
Bananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1581 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3934 times:
Grand Burstin Hotel, Folkestone.
Had to go down to Dover for an innaugural event, but due to the lack of forward planning, the town was full, so we had to stay at nearby Folkestone.
What an utter dump. It was a few years ago, but the things I remember..
£3.75pppn sea view supplement to look over the harbour that smelt of shit.
The scrambled eggs at breakfast that were grey and clearly made from powdered egg.
The bacon that had been sitting in its own fat for so long, the whole container had burned and sealed together.
A notice in my bathroom asking me to use the shower curtain inside the bath. Unfortunately, both the shower attachment and curtain were missing.
Dust bunnies in the bathroom fan, and around the ceiling corners.
Polystyrene ceiling tiles, and AFAIR, flourescent lighting in the bedrooms.
The following mutiny ensured that we stayed at the Holiday Inn for the next event!
Had to go down to Dover for an innaugural event, but due to the lack of forward planning, the town was full, so we had to stay at nearby Folkestone.
Awww sounds bad. I went to Folkestone and even the place is not nice. I was staying in Dover at the Churchill hotel with a lovely seaview and when I woke up in the morning I saw my baby waiting for me to board
Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 13): Did you see any of the pictures people posted? Bed bugs, mold, dead mice and rats, cockroaches, blood, hair, pee bottles, exposed electrical wires, etc. yuck You couldn't pay me to stay in that hotel.
That is disgusting!
I guess they were good to me and gave me their best room. My stay at teh Hotel Carter wasn't anything like that.
2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8544 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3383 times:
About 19 years ago I was about 10 or 11 years old and my family and I went on vacation to the Grand Canyon we stayed at a small motel about 10 miles from the GC, This should happen to no one, number one; the toilet was backed up when we came in, tho whole room stunk, that was fixed about two hours after we called, number two, the bed sheet on my bed was soiled and the mattress was too as I discovered them after the room was apparently done,
number three, the shower basin was dirty, needles to say we did not use it.
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Springbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3360 times:
The absolute worst place I have ever stayed in was at the Days Inn Concord, NC, just off I-85. The room we were given was filthy, not made up (even though we reached there at 7pm), the shower was leaking, the bathroom lights did not work and the clerk at the reception was so preoccupied with something on TV, he barely reacted when we were complaining. He gave us another room..which was still filthy, but at least the hot water was working (it was like 20F outside)..and we were there only for one night. Absolutely the most horrible place I have ever stayed in..never again.
Ncfc99 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 740 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3338 times:
My wife and I stayed in a SAS Radisson hotel back in 2004. It was out first wedding anniversary and we went to Scotland for a few nights. The hotel messed up the booking and we were put into a standard room rather than the 4-poster I had booked. I didn't complain too much as it had a jacuzzi bath. Got in turned on the jacuzzi to get a hideous smell of stale stagnant water that made you gag.
We were moved to the 4-poster room that I booked for our 2nd night, went for dinner, got back to the room, my wife jumped into bed and put her foot in something, pulled off the sheets to see seaman on my wife's foot. Wife runs to bathroom to decontaminate her foot, I call reception to get the duty manager up to our room ten minutes ago. She comes in and I explain my wife has got into bed and put her foot in some .....er.......er.........er (from the bathroom my wife belloows) I'VE GOT C** ON MY FOOT.
I continued " If you come around here you can see it shining in the light" to which the duty manager replied, "it's OK, I can see it from here" whilst almost gagging. We went to another room, my wife pulled back the duvet to fined creased and crumpled sheets, that bed had not been changed either. The third room was acceptable and we settled down for the night.
I cannot see a SAS hotel without hearing my wife shouting "I've got c** on my foot". We laugh about it now, but it was the worst thing I have come across(pun intended).
Wolverine From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 3188 times:
1993 we were in London with school. I've forgotten the name of the Hotel, maybe it's better to not remember it.
I had a room together with 3 other schoolmates, the beds were just those guestbeds, you can fold together when not in use. Under one bed we found a used shoe, the window couldn't be closed so it got really cold at night. The floor was covered with sand and in a corner of the room there was a cubic made of plastic, that contained a shower. Above the shower the whole ceiling was full of mold. We couldn't use the shower, because there was only ice cold water coming out oft it.
Some other mates found roaches in their rooms and used underwear.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11656 posts, RR: 60
Reply 24, posted (5 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 3169 times:
Quoting Jmc1975 (Reply 10): On another note, I've heard horror stories about the Chungking Mansion in Hong Kong. Has anyone stayed there?
Nearly, but I opted for another hostel instead on HK Island itself. I think it depends exactly which establishment within Chunking Mansion you stay in, as there are many different hostels located there.
My worst experience was at a Pension in a fairly remote and untraveled part of the Philippines. I was tired and just wanted a bed, so told the rickshaw driver to find me somewhere - well he did, a little backstreet place with a couple of rooms. No running water; shower didn't look as if it had worked in years, toilet didn't flush, whilst the sink didn't work either and had a particularly vicious looking spider living in it. The bed was mainly cardboard with a thin mattress topper on an old frame which creaked like mad every time you moved, and I had to tie my food up to the light fitting in a bag to stop the ants and roaches getting in it. Even better, the door didn't lock and lead straight to the outside - great for a region which the UK Foreign Office suggests you avoid like the plague.
Still, that's what you get for about 50p though I suppose
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