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2012-11-17 10:02:34 PM
I once spent the night in a hotel room with a waterbed with plastic sheets and multiple 24/7 porn channels.

Wait, you said "Worst hotel"? I meant BEST HOTEL.
 
2012-11-17 10:03:20 PM

cig-mkr: Don't know if it's still around, but the motels in Ocean View in Norfolk, Va.
Every weekend some sailor would get mugged, drugged, or catch the latest STD's.
Definitely not a place to be after dark.
That was 20+ years ago.


That area has improved some but is still rough. Sill not a place to be out at night. I saw a crackhead get hit by a car on Ocean View Blvd at 2am one night last year. He got up and kept walking.

The King James motel in Newport News always had the cops and hookers going in and out. I worked across the street from it at the time and we would sometimes stand on the sidewalk on our side and wave to the Johns that were leaving.
 
2012-11-17 10:04:38 PM

aevert: I would have thought that article would be about the Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea.


Second.

upload.wikimedia.org

Can the Kim dynasty die soon please? They're some of the worst arseholes on this planet right now.

/Currently reading Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden, so I freely admit I may be biased.
//Part 2; Shin's getting out shortly...
 
2012-11-17 10:06:23 PM
And of course that one time I had to burn up the dead hooker in the bathtub in Vegas.
 
2012-11-17 10:09:52 PM

W.C.fields forever: And of course that one time I had to burn up the dead hooker in the bathtub in Vegas.


Silly psycho! tubs are made for dissolving corpses in!
 
2012-11-17 10:13:46 PM

sendbillmoney: No love for the Hotel Carter in New York? Come on, now.


Seriously. An upgrade here, is to a room without a corpse in the box spring.

/And complimentary bedbugs. Feel free to take some home!
 
2012-11-17 10:13:47 PM
...Oh, let's see:

THIS place: Link
Don't let the room picture fool you. The rooms are about the size of a small living room. Three (or FOUR) beds in a room aren't unusual. And the clientele is....different.

The Days Inn in Independence, OH. Come for the Mystery Stains (TM), stay for the Russian hookers. Spent exactly twenty minutes there before cancelling our reservations and heading for the Holiday Inn a mile away.
 
2012-11-17 10:15:26 PM

bubo_sibiricus: Try getting a reservation at The Habitat Hotel on E57'th street in Manhattan. Single beds, almost like sleeping on a bunk bed, and communal lavatories. It's a hit with the college kids and backpackers.

But it's cheap and in the center of everything.

You go there if all you're going to do is be out all night and you just want a place to crash.

Be sure to book a year in advance.


I think I stayed there in the early 80's, it was only a single night and I was drunk but I remember the bathroom was down the hall and I had to stand on the bed to have room to open the door, twin bed filled the room side to side, headboard was up against the far wall, near wall had a desk crammed in between it and the foot of the bed, mismatched chair had to be shoved up under the desk and I had to hop up on the bed for the door to have room to open
 
2012-11-17 10:18:05 PM

zerkalo: W.C.fields forever: And of course that one time I had to burn up the dead hooker in the bathtub in Vegas.

Silly psycho! tubs are made for dissolving corpses in!


I was young.

/innocent if you will.

//found innocent if you won't
 
2012-11-17 10:21:36 PM
HA! I've stayed at worse.
 
2012-11-17 10:23:10 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: [img20.imageshack.us image 570x395]

The waiter *is* from Barcelona...



I won't hear of it! There's this place in Eastborne!
 
2012-11-17 10:28:23 PM
Ahh Amsterdam, the first place I ever stayed at there featuring shared bathrooms. Couldn't sleep the first night. Upgraded to a fancy suite that had its own bidet bathroom.
 
2012-11-17 10:33:09 PM

zerkalo: Your innkeeper:

[25.media.tumblr.com image 290x297] 

My worst hotel? Let's just say a renowned beer pub in DC has rooms to let. I found a rat turd on the turned down bed my first night. At least with hostels I got what I paid for


The renowned beer pub has changed hands, and I've heard the new owners are trying to spruce up the place. I've heard horror stories about both the pub and the hotel, including one where a rat crashed through a rotted ceiling tile onto a table full of horrified pub guests.
 
2012-11-17 10:35:51 PM
Hotel Chitna in Chitna Alaska gets my vote.

http://www.hotelchitina.com/
 
2012-11-17 10:36:00 PM

Yakk: The Days Inn near the Atlanta airport?

*clicks link* Hmm... still sounds better.

As a salesman I have had an opportunity to stay in seaside palaces and urban hellholes, but nothing compares to the night I spent at this place. The hookers were lined up on the road outside the hotel (this was 10 years ago). My partner and I waited for the John's to pay the hourly rates with their dates and we then checked into the rooms the company had reserved for us. We were treated to a night of screaming, fights, sirens, CRAZY laughter and all forms of chaos, no gunfire, thank you for asking. I went to the airport at 4:30 am for the 9am flight.


Got stuck next door at the Holiday Inn when my family got stranded in Atlanta overnight due to lying airline reps (our connecting flight was NOT delayed due to the weather, as we were told in Vegas, and left as we approached the gate... next to the connecting flight's departing gate). The airline held us up and we weren't able to get out of the airport to the hotel until after midnight; unfortunately, all of the delivery places stopped delivering well before than (possibly the area) and the hotel "shop" was mostly depleted of stock.

A quick trip outside and we discovered we were near NOTHING but darkness and roving bands of "youths".

Atlanta's airport and the surrounding area blows hard.
 
2012-11-17 10:36:27 PM
Anyone familiar with "Fosters" out by Bryce Canyon? Worst... motel.... evar.

Basically it was a bunch of dirty old nasty trailers from the 60's or early 70's that they connected together, never cleaned or updated, nasty shag carpeting, etc. They have a really terrible restaurant in the parking lot with some of the rudest staff ever. When we asked where the remote was to the crappy little TV in the room they told us that a bus group of students had stayed over a few weeks before we were there and "stole all of the remotes for the TVs" and told us "Oh well too bad". Ya right, why would a bunch of students on a trip steal all of the remotes for ancient TVs in a crap ass hotel in the middle of nowhere? Obviously they were a bunch of liars as well as horrible inn-keepers.
 
2012-11-17 10:38:37 PM
"If you can't fix it, feature it."

Terrible hotel; great marketing.
 
2012-11-17 10:41:16 PM
http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/sun-bright.en.html#hash-blockdisplay4


squallor
 
2012-11-17 10:50:14 PM
Seeing as I just spent the last two nights at a shiatty hostel in San Francisco, I'm getting a real kick...
 
2012-11-17 10:55:22 PM
Sneaky Petes in Springfield, Illinois. This was about 20 years + ago when we went to the motorcycle races at the fairgrounds. Had reservations at a decent hotel, but apparently someone dropped the ball on it. NO hotels vacant anywhere in town but the dive holes. I was tired from driving so I was hanging out in our prized room. My buddies went to the "hotel bar" that they said looked like it was made out of scrap lumber. They came back to the room with a few people to party. I think I cleared the room when I was trying to shoot a cockroach off the wall with my .45.
/true story bro
 
2012-11-17 11:06:55 PM

Bucky Katt: HA! I've stayed at worse.


Me too. In India.

Open the door and hit the light switch. There's a giant fan perched on a shelf above the bed. It spins furiously for 2.8 seconds with an incredible screaming whine then shoots sparks onto the bed and catches fire.
 
2012-11-17 11:08:54 PM
When my bf landed a job here in Pierre, we had to stay in a hotel for two months while waiting to close on his house. Since we had my dog (who is sadly now completely blind due to acute glaucoma; she had both eyes removed over the course of three years; the pic in my profile of her obviously predates this), our options were limited in the rental market in this [hellhole] of a town.

Since Pierre is one of five state capitals without direct highway access (I-90 is about thirty minutes south), the town has heavy truck and train traffic at all hours. The hotel that we stayed at, the Capital Inn & Suites, was horrible. Since we were long-term renters, we got the worst rooms in the place. Various families with an assorted array of drug addictions stayed there, and I would not leave to go out on errands during the day without carrying my .38. My iPod and my bf's gun were stolen from his truck, and the bathroom was just this side of serviceable. They painted the shower surround... which of course was peeling.

I never could bring myself to swim in the pool. It still cracks me up seeing the travel guide picture of the place; that is the center courtyard where all of the vacationer and hunter/fisherman rooms are. The truly disgusting rooms are in the rear.
 
2012-11-17 11:11:27 PM
mimg.ugo.com
 
2012-11-17 11:19:37 PM

iron de havilland: aevert: I would have thought that article would be about the Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea.

Second.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 442x768]

Can the Kim dynasty die soon please? They're some of the worst arseholes on this planet right now.

/Currently reading Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden, so I freely admit I may be biased.
//Part 2; Shin's getting out shortly...


I just finished Nothing to Envy; may get The Aquariums of Pyongyang soon. I definitely recommend NTE, it is well-written and has a variety of backgrounds of the refugees who made it to South Korea.
 
2012-11-17 11:25:18 PM
Apparently there are dozens of worst hotels ever, and they all happen to be in one of the three places Farkers have been.
 
2012-11-17 11:29:38 PM

Tourney3p0: Apparently there are dozens of worst hotels ever, and they all happen to be in one of the three places Farkers have been.


Weird ain't it?
 
2012-11-17 11:30:55 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: Calcutta was a pretty disgusting place. How they were able to make the entire city smell like urine is a mystery to me.


They piss on it. They shiat on it too. Often.
 
2012-11-17 11:31:32 PM
I remember coming across their website years ago while I was still in school. It was absolutely insane and from what I understand a pretty reasonable place to stay while passing through the area. They basically did this campaign to generate the buzz. I guess it's still working 10 years later.
 
2012-11-17 11:32:55 PM
Their view of herds of wildebeests sweeping majestically across the plain is the main draw


wiredroach: Stayed here in 2008...it was a unique experience...housekeeping may have existed somewhere, but certainly not in our room. At least we got upgraded to a suite. I can see why Sid stabbed Nancy.... 

[drewblood.com image 600x431]


Yikes, the earthquake sure did a number on it.
 
2012-11-17 11:34:03 PM
Two summers ago, I was doing fieldwork on a swine loading study, and so was traveling from hotel to hotel. My first night out, I have to be at a farm in BFE first thing in the morning, and I have to find my own place to stay for the night. Not wanting to camp out in my car (female college student + meth country, that's asking for trouble), I asked my boyfriend, The Green Intern, to find me a place to sleep (I had no internet access at the time and a long drive to make). He found me the only place even remotely nearby, a name that is indelibly etched upon my nightmares: The Golden Door, in Traer. I get there at 10pm, after a long drive from the other side of the state, and it looked like the seediest, most run-down place I had ever seen. The cheapest, most ramshackle of the hostels I'd stayed at in Europe were palaces compared to this place. It was the Bates Motel combined with the No-Tell Mo-Tel. The guy at the counter gave off the vibes "stoned off his ass" and "child molester" simultaneously, and informed me that the rate was $65/night, cash or check only. I had neither, so I had to walk two blocks to the nearest ATM.

When I finally got back to the motel that sanity forgot, I was given the key to a room whose chain was so weak as to not really be worth it, and the lock was moderately sturdy. The place was decently clean, but I was sincerely worried about the door's lock and chain holding up if one of the many drunk loud people I could hear in the other rooms decided to come in. Wedging every piece of movable furniture against the door, I slept atop the covers, still fully clothed, with my cell phone in one hand and my utility knife in the other. It was just as well I had to be up at dawn the next morning - I didn't get any real sleep, anyway. I removed the barricade, tossed the key into the return slot, and after a stop for gas and ungodly amounts of caffeine, bid the creepiest motel in Iowa goodbye, and good riddance.

\It was like someone's nightmare from the 70's
\\ Creepy as fark, it was
\\\ Later hotels, I stayed wherever was safe, even if it meant extra driving
 
2012-11-17 11:43:38 PM

sendbillmoney: No love for the Hotel Carter in New York? Come on, now.


Have you ever been there?

In the 80s a bunch of us use to drink there because they had cheap bottles of beer and pool tables in the bar in the lobby (not a lot of pool tables in Midtown at that time) no kidding it was called Rose of Saigon and the girls learned to say "not on duty" rather than get upset about being regarded as having negotiable affection.
 
2012-11-18 12:07:24 AM

zerkalo: W.C.fields forever: And of course that one time I had to burn up the dead hooker in the bathtub in Vegas.

Silly psycho! tubs are made for dissolving corpses in!


Remind me not to take the room below yours.

cdn2.screenjunkies.com
 
2012-11-18 12:10:49 AM

Isildur: Their view of herds of wildebeests sweeping majestically across the plain is the main draw


Amsterdam has wildebeests?
 
2012-11-18 12:19:52 AM

bgflores: zerkalo: Your innkeeper:

[25.media.tumblr.com image 290x297] 

My worst hotel? Let's just say a renowned beer pub in DC has rooms to let. I found a rat turd on the turned down bed my first night. At least with hostels I got what I paid for

The renowned beer pub has changed hands, and I've heard the new owners are trying to spruce up the place. I've heard horror stories about both the pub and the hotel, including one where a rat crashed through a rotted ceiling tile onto a table full of horrified pub guests.


Would this place's name rhyme with "hickssmeller"?
 
2012-11-18 12:24:37 AM

Tourney3p0: Apparently there are dozens of worst hotels ever, and they all happen to be in one of the three places Farkers have been.


okocasopis.sk

I find out they had double booked my room on arriving at my hotel. I said "What do I do??"
"You should stay somewhere else"
"Um, it's almost 11 at night, can you help me?"
"Try the Victoria Hotel, everywhere else will be full."
"How do you know it has vacancies?"
"Because it is horrible"

"OK. Can you tell me how to get to my horrible hotel?"
(lol)

This was in Klaipėda, Lithuania. Here's an old snap (not mine).

i80.photobucket.com
 

My bed felt like it had dead bodies in it.
 
2012-11-18 12:30:50 AM

Pribar: bubo_sibiricus: Try getting a reservation at The Habitat Hotel on E57'th street in Manhattan. Single beds, almost like sleeping on a bunk bed, and communal lavatories. It's a hit with the college kids and backpackers.

But it's cheap and in the center of everything.

You go there if all you're going to do is be out all night and you just want a place to crash.

Be sure to book a year in advance.

I think I stayed there in the early 80's, it was only a single night and I was drunk but I remember the bathroom was down the hall and I had to stand on the bed to have room to open the door, twin bed filled the room side to side, headboard was up against the far wall, near wall had a desk crammed in between it and the foot of the bed, mismatched chair had to be shoved up under the desk and I had to hop up on the bed for the door to have room to open


The fire marshal would be unhappy with that.....
 
2012-11-18 01:18:13 AM
Best Hotel in Needles, CA.

I rolled in about 11PM after 12+ hours driving totally exhausted. When my head hit the pillow, I smelled the sour stench of vomit. Removing the clean white pillowcase revealed an ancient yellowed poly-filled pillow with multiple drool/puke stains on it.

I took it to the front desk and asked for a new pillow. The person at the front desk replied "We're out of pillows."
 
2012-11-18 01:28:56 AM
www.monstershack.net
 
2012-11-18 01:31:01 AM
Possibly?

imgs.xkcd.com
 
HBK
2012-11-18 02:15:43 AM

biggeek: Best Hotel in Needles, CA.

I rolled in about 11PM after 12+ hours driving totally exhausted. When my head hit the pillow, I smelled the sour stench of vomit. Removing the clean white pillowcase revealed an ancient yellowed poly-filled pillow with multiple drool/puke stains on it.

I took it to the front desk and asked for a new pillow. The person at the front desk replied "We're out of pillows."


At that point, I would have asked for a refund and slept in my car.

The worst hotel I ever stayed in was a hotel in Laredo, TX. On a lark, a college buddy and I set off for Mexico at one in the morning. We drove all night and got to Mexico around noon, had some cervezas and tacos, bought some sombreros, and tried to drive home around 7pm. My buddy started to fall asleep at the wheel when we decided to stop at the first place we saw.

The place was dingy as hell. Stains everywhere, shower didn't work, TV didn't work and was bolted to the stand. Remote was also bolted to the nightstand. There was no A/C, in Laredo, TX, in the summer. We asked for an 11am wake up call. We awoke to a bang at the door, "A las once." And we were happy to finally leave.

In a distant second place was a hotel I stayed at after I had a flight out of Atlanta cancelled. I had flown directly from a golf tournament in Tampa, so my shorts were swampy and my bags with clothes had been checked. All the stores were closed except for the hotel giftshop, so I bought a Georgia Tech T-shirt, but they didn't have any shorts or pants. Delta put me up in a hotel that had a hole in the bathtub that looked into the flooring, so I couldn't use it. I decided to go get some dinner at a place down the road and saw two different sets of cop cars responding to shootings, one in which someone died. I rate this second, because the shiattiness of the situation and the area greatly contributed to my ill feelings towards the hotel.

/Still farking hate Delta
//CSBs
 
2012-11-18 02:28:40 AM
The worst hotel I was ever booked into by work featured a murder victim floating in the bloody pool when I arrived.

I didn't bother to see what the room was like.
 
2012-11-18 02:32:01 AM

fusillade762: Isildur: Their view of herds of wildebeests sweeping majestically across the plain is the main draw

Amsterdam has wildebeests?


At least three times as many as Torquay.
 
2012-11-18 02:35:15 AM
About half of the "hotels" here in Oakland are really whorehouses/halfway houses/drug dens. One of my many hobbies is reading the online reviews from unsuspecting tourists who booked rooms at these "hotels" and had no idea what they were getting themselves into. If you ever come to Oakland (which you should), do your homework. You'll be so glad you did.
 
2012-11-18 02:36:59 AM

BullBearMS: The worst hotel I was ever booked into by work featured a murder victim floating in the bloody pool when I arrived.

I didn't bother to see what the room was like.



You should have given it a chance -- it's actually pretty good place for the price, other than that smartass bellhop, and I showed him.
 
2012-11-18 02:53:29 AM

Isildur: BullBearMS: The worst hotel I was ever booked into by work featured a murder victim floating in the bloody pool when I arrived.

I didn't bother to see what the room was like.


You should have given it a chance -- it's actually pretty good place for the price, other than that smartass bellhop, and I showed him.


I hear you could check out any time you like, but you could never leave.
 
2012-11-18 03:08:12 AM
back in the '80s I used to drive by a hotel that advertised $2 a night rooms. I didn't drive right by it, but you could see it from the freeway. I wasn't sure if it was still open at that point, but can you imagine a $2 a night hotel?

What's that in today's money? Like $9? I dunno but I remember staying in Motel 6 for $30 a night and it wasn't great, but it wasn't bad and IIRC I saw this hotel on TV last night and they said it was $25.

Let's just say I'm having a hard time believing this is the world's worst hotel.
 
2012-11-18 03:31:53 AM
Try the Dagmar in Paris: Merde Alors!
 
HBK
2012-11-18 03:35:04 AM

Happy Hours: back in the '80s I used to drive by a hotel that advertised $2 a night rooms. I didn't drive right by it, but you could see it from the freeway. I wasn't sure if it was still open at that point, but can you imagine a $2 a night hotel?

What's that in today's money? Like $9? I dunno but I remember staying in Motel 6 for $30 a night and it wasn't great, but it wasn't bad and IIRC I saw this hotel on TV last night and they said it was $25.

Let's just say I'm having a hard time believing this is the world's worst hotel.


See clown motel above. 29 rooms at $34.50 per night. (29 rooms per the video)

Assuming this motel, in BFE Nevada, runs 50% capacity, all year long = $182,591. Less $60,000 for a couple maids and a handyman, less $10,000 for property taxes. Then assume 35% corporate taxes or taxes on a general partnership or sole proprietorship. $73,184 per year.

Dude's not going to make much money when you consider repair costs. Plus, they offer breakfast (no guess at the cost on that), probably average less than 50% occupancy annually, and the dude has to pay for marketing (see Youtube video), cleaning supplies, laundry, and his own costs.

I can't imagine how a hotel could operate at $2, even in 1980s money. Are you sure it wasn't $2 per hour?

Maybe it was a tax-shelter that was meant to lose money until the investors retired, at which point they sold their tax shelter for real estate value (on the freeway), which could be considerable.
 
2012-11-18 03:44:30 AM

Gergesa: I'll bet I can hotels in Russia that make that place look luxurious by comparison. Actually I recall a farker here who video taped their stay in a Chinese hotel. As I recall the flood was slanted such that a soda can rolled down it and the bathroom shower didn't have a rise between it and the bathroom floor so the water from the shower was causing the wooden door to rot.


Heck, I stayed at a place in Connecticut a couple years back that was worse.

Beware anyplace that has a signed plaque from their state narcotics control board thanking them for their cooperation...
 
2012-11-18 03:50:14 AM

HBK: I can't imagine how a hotel could operate at $2, even in 1980s money. Are you sure it wasn't $2 per hour?


No, it was $2 per night - what I'm not sure of if it was even still open at that point. I suspected it wasn't. It was the kind of building that belonged in an early '70s movie and looked old even then.

I think this is the place..

sloanegallery.com
 
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