Filthiest Hotels in America

  • Prepare to be grossed out

    Beds teeming with live bed bugs… disgusting smells… terrifying experiences. These are the 10 dirtiest hotels in the United States of America, according to travel advice provider TripAdvisor, which harvested the most disgusting stories from its collection of traveler reviews. Click Next, only if you don’t plan on eating within the next few hours. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    #10: Continental Oceanfront Hotel
  • #10: Continental Oceanfront Hotel

    Location: South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida Alleged offense: “There was so much mold and dirt in the rooms, our tub had a huge hole with some nasty ‘patch’ over it. I felt more dirty getting out of the shower than getting in.” I hate nasty patches. Photo Credit: iluvrhinestones
    #9: Desert Lodge
  • #9: Desert Lodge

    Location: Palm Springs, California Alleged offense: “Mold smell and bugs! Unavailable staff. Dirty sheets and bath tub was gross. DO NOT STAY HERE!” Believe me, I won’t. The Desert Lodge is now firmly on my do-not-stay list. Photo Credit: WikiTeresa
    #8: Capistrano Seaside Inn
  • #8: Capistrano Seaside Inn

    Location: Capistrano Beach, California Alleged offense: “We spilled water on the floor and cleaned it, and the towel turned brown from all the dirt on the ground.” Hey. Maybe your water was dirty. Did you ever think of that? Huh? Did you? Photo Credit: clunkygirl
    #7: Parisian Hotel & Suites
  • #7: Parisian Hotel & Suites

    Location: Miami Beach, Florida Alleged offense: “I had been bitten on my chin several times, my hands, forearms, legs and feet. At least 15% of my body was covered in red, burning, bites.” Sounds authentically Parisian to me. Don’t see what the problem is. Photo Credit: sookie
    #6: New York Inn
  • #6: New York Inn

    Location: New York, New York Alleged offense: “We were greeted on our arrival by a cleaner sitting on our bed smoking and watching TV.” At least now you know the hotel has a “cleaner” on staff… and I thought they were called “housekeepers.” “Cleaners” are people that help assassins dispose of bodies… which the hotel may also have on staff. Also, this place looks dirty (see the photo at left, courtesy of TripAdvisor). Photo Credit: TripAdvisor
    #5: Quality Inn
  • #5: Quality Inn

    Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Alleged offense: “Our room looked like something from a very bad horror movie. I was scared to sleep in the bed. Just looking at it made me want to itch.” But it has “Quality” in the name! How could it be bad?! Photo Credit: Getty Images
    #4: Super 8
  • #4: Super 8

    Location: Virginia Beach/At the Ocean, Virginia Beach, Virginia Alleged offense: “I am still recovering from my stay in this hell-hole. Upon checking in there were hairs in the bathtub, and bugs on the counter…the streets are cleaner. Disgusting!” So go sleep on the street, bro. Photo Credit: thetruthabout
    #3: Tropicana Resort Hotel
  • #3: Tropicana Resort Hotel

    Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia Alleged offense: “The entire hotel is very dirty and smells very bad; it looks like a ghost house. We called the Virginia Beach health department and filed a complaint. We do not recommend this Place to any human being.” They do recommend the place to non-humans, though. Ghosts and the Moth Man are welcome. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    #2: Days Inn Eureka/Six Flags
  • #2: Days Inn Eureka/Six Flags

    Location: Eureka, Missouri Alleged offense: “If Hell had a hotel it would be something like this. The worst, nastiest hotel I have ever stayed in, in my life. Dirty towels, dirty room. Rude manager. Run from this place as fast as you can!" Turns out, Hell actually does have a hotel. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    #1: Heritage Marina Hotel
  • #1: Heritage Marina Hotel

    Location: San Francisco, California Alleged offense: “When we woke in the middle of the night to find BED BUGS all over the bed, we ended up sleeping in our rental car!” And one more satisfied customer alleges this: “This hotel is like in a horrible horror movie! The bed was a nightmare. It smelled like urine and had strange spots.” "Strange spots" sounds more mysterious than disgusting, to us. By the way, the image at left is an actual bed bug from the Heritage Marina Hotel. Perhaps it will greet you with open arms! Photo Credit: TripAdvisor
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  • Have any nominations?

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    Death down the hall
  • Death down the hall

    As recently covered in Curbed, a guest at New York City’s $99 per night Jane Hotel became quite curious about a lingering foul odor in the hallway. He reportedly received “a number of explanations from building staff, including a maintenance guy who tells him, ‘Someone with really bad hygiene. And some ladies used the bathroom in there, too.’ The story changes, however, when the door gets sealed and a Police Department D.O.A. notice is posted. ‘Older guy, lived here,’ an employee finally fesses up.” Huh? We aren’t sure how the smell of a resident’s decomposing corpse is casually passed off as the result of “some ladies” using the bathroom, but okay. So, would the guest stay at the quaint Jane Hotel again? Click next... Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Tough to say
  • Tough to say

    This particular guest has a lot more patience than I do. Answering the question of whether he would return to the Jane, he reportedly wrote on his blog: “Good question. Overall, it was a great hotel for our hostel-like needs. On the other hand, the experience had a touch of the movie ‘Hostel’. In my opinion, the management failed miserably.” I would say so! I bet this guy returns, at some point, if only because he’s a blogger and the Jane sounds like the perfect inspiration for writing material—Stephen King, have you booked your reservation yet? Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Complimentary cockroach under the sheets
  • Complimentary cockroach under the sheets

    Chocolates on the pillow are so 2008. User “auditthis” on the Web site takes issue with the Comfort Inn located in Harpers’ Ferry, West Virginia. The customer alleges that “everything seemed to be fine until I got to my room, pulled back the sheets on the bed and found a huge cockroach that was squashed into the sheet!” Wah wah wah. He complained to the manager at the front desk, who allegedly laughed at him and explained that since the reservation was made online, he would not be able to get his money back. Guess which hotel I will be actively avoiding if I ever end up in Harpers’ Ferry… Photo Credit: k790i
    “Mold infested horror”
  • “Mold infested horror”

    User “lanabrum” refers to the Econolodge in Mackinaw City, Mich. as a “mold infested horror.” For some reason, this user took issue with Econolodge’s family suite accommodations: “The ‘suite’ was actually a freestanding shack with rooms so small you can barely fit a full-size bed, and absolutely no room for a crib for our baby (even though the CSR on the phone said it's spacious enough). Both exterior and interior were filthy and in dire need of repair - peeling paint, walpaper coming off the walls, the floor was ‘giving in’ under your feet. Evident water damage. My son's allergic to mold, and he started having running nose and difficulty breathing within 20 minutes of arrival.” The family received a refund after they got a lawyer involved. Photo Credit: Totoro!
    “Fecal matter” spattered elevators
  • “Fecal matter” spattered elevators

    User “hthrsly” disliked a recent stay at Aloft Hotel. The user alleges that “Besides the minor problems of incredibly itchy sheets and one very rude front desk girl...There was someone in the hotel smearing fecal matter all over the elevators. SERIOUSLY, there was A LOT of *** behind the blankets hanging on the elevator walls. It took the hotel an entire day to get around to cleaning it, although they were aware of the problem since early morning. In the mean time they didn’t bother to shut down the elevator, just let people ride on it unaware of what was causing the repulsive rankness.” It gets worse, allegedly: “The next day I was doing laundry and when I retrieved my clothes from the dryer I discovered that someone had put *** in the dryer with my clothes while I was in my room. Obviously it was disgusting and beyond comprehension in repulsiveness.” I find this one almost unbelievable: a) why was a person “smearing fecal matter” all over the elevators and b) why would he or she torment someone in the laundry room like that and c) WHY DIDN’T THE HOTEL THROW THIS PERSON OUT? Something doesn’t smell right here. See the rest of our gross hotel picks here. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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