Stains, smells and sputum - the top 10 worst hotels everywhere

18 August 2009

Cheap doesn't always mean cheerful.  In fact, quite often the most frugal option when booking hotels also means the option that involves bed mites, filthy sheets and sinks thick with scum. TripAdvisor has sifted through tens of thousands of reviews left to compile Top 10 lists by country of hotels best avoided.

For example, if you're still looking to squeeze in a staycation, then these are runners and riders for the title of worst hotel in 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, London, England
  • 10. Park Hotel, London, England

Reading through the reviews for the Cromwell Crown, you can just feel the love (and various bodily fluids, not necessarily those of the guests) oozing out of the reviews:

"... the place had nothing to do with the photos I have seen on the internet."

"... there were vermin bait boxes on the floor, for security purposes I was told."

"... [there was] a pile of about 7 old TVs just dumped in the corner of the room."

"... the first room I was offered contained a sink overflowing with vomit."

And if you're visiting New York, unsurprisingly it's the notorious Hotel Carter that takes the title for the whole country. Somehow it seems to fall off the radar of the NYC health and sanitation authorities, but continues to operate because it offers hotel rooms half a block from Times Square for as little as $50 a pop. Price isn't everything, however:

"The lobby smelt of stale cat pee, the staff were laughably ignorant and unhelpful, the bath was black with the enamel flaking off, the taps didn't work in the sink, water just about managed to trickle out of the shower, the previous occupant's hair was in the sink, the carpet was thick with dust, the TV didn't work, there were very questionable stains on the walls, the electric sockets were hanging off the wall, the list goes on.

The sheets were clean when we arrived. Unfortunately the mattress apparently wasn't and we left the Hotel Carter with scabies."

TOPICS:   Travel   Consumer Advice

9 comments

  • Martha F.
    Let me see... London, London, London... I think there might be a pattern in this somewhere...
  • Nobby
    > the taps didn’t work in the sink, ... the previous occupant’s hair was in the sink, How do they know it was the previous occupant's hair? If the taps didn't work and nobody cleaned it, then it could have been there for ages.
  • bawbag
    > sinks thick with scum I missed the s in scum when I first read that sentence and got very flustered.
  • Bill O.
    These people cant have hated the rooms that much, else they wouldnt have stayed there in the first place. They obviously know about tripadvisor, having posted their own reviews on there. Idiots.
  • The B.
    Martha, do you think it might be because London is the biggest draw in the UK to visitors and therefore proportionally has the largest number of hotels in the country? Also, that tourists are idiots.
  • raggedy
    The Real Bob - Let's hope you never holiday abroad to make your statement about tourists correct! :)
  • The B.
    Raggedy, I believe your definition of tourist is incorrect, I could holiday anywhere external to my usual environment and be a tourist, hence I wouldn't have to leave the UK to be one.
  • JENNIFER I.
    ON 9TH DEC 2011 WE CHECKED INTO THE ELIZEBETH HOUSE HOTEL WARWICK WAY VICTORIA LONDON. WE SPENT TEN MINUTES TRYING TO GET IN THE ROOM, THE DOOR WAS JAMMED, WE WENT TO DESK TO SEEK HELP AND WERE TOLD OFF FOR JAMMING THE DOOR????? WE HADNT EVEN PUT OUR CASES DOWN. ONCE INSIDE WE COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT WE SAW, THERE WAS BLACK MOULD AND SLIME IN ALL THE CORNERS OF THE SHOWER, THE SINK TAPS WERE LOOSE AND SPUN ROUND WHEN TURNED ON, THE WATER JUST TRICKLED OUT OF THE TAPS AND THE SHOWER. THE TOILET SYSTEM LID WAS BROKEN. THERE WAS A COOKER SWITHCH FOR ALL THE ELECTRICS IN THE ROOM?? WE WERE GIVEN A PAPER THIN BLANKET, AND THERE WAS A PIECE OF RED FELT IN THE WARDROBE/ANOTHER BLANKET MAYBE?/ THE BACK YARD WAS DISCUSTING! BLACK WITH ALL RUBBISH. ON OUR LAST DAY THE HEATING WAS TURNED OFF IN OUR ROOM ALL DAY AND NIGHT, THE ROOM WAS LIKE A FRIDGE, WE WERE FREEZIN, WHEN I COMPLAINED, THEY DID NOTHING, THERE WAS BROWN STAINS ALL OVER THE BED AND IVE NOW COME OUT IN AN ITCHY RASH! IM NOT A FUSSY PERSON AND I CAN ROUGH IT, IVE TRAVELLED THE WORLD AND STAYED IN AWFUL PLACES, BUT I THINK THIS WAS THE WORST PLACE EVER! HOW ON EARTH DID THIS PLACE PASS HEALTH AND SAFETY? I FIND IT SAD THAT SUCH BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS IN SUCH A GOOD POSTCODE ARE BEING USED BY PEOPLE LIKE THIS. THE ROOM IN QUETION WAS G4. I FIND IT IRONIC AS IM A NURSE AND I WORKED ON A WARD IN A MENTAL INSTITUTION CALLED G4...ENOUGH SAID!!!! I HAVE PICS AS PROOF AND AM NOW SENDING THEM OFF TO WATCH DOG!BBC TV
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