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Worst Hotel Hell: Whatever That Was Behind The Bed at The Jane

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December 30, 2010 at 11:56 AM | by | ()

It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2010 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.

This year's worst Hotel Hell came courtesy of our own JuliaB who spent a night at Jane Hotel in NYC, the budgety place in all the city that's just notches above a hostel.

It's a place HotelChatter has stayed before without much incident but when JuliaB spent the night, things were um...exciting...to say the least. Particularly behind the bed. Here's her own description of what was found:

There was a 2-3in gap between the bed (which was fixed) and the wall. Our phone promptly fell down said gap and as the bed was four feet high, we couldn’t retrieve it. We enlisted a member of staff who tried to get it with a clothes-hanger, failed, and finally managed to get hold of it by sprawling all over our clean sheets and shoving a broom handle down the side.

While down there, he also found a remote control and various other odds and sods (like the post-coital collection pictured above). He only removed the remote, though. Perhaps he thought the condom wrapper gave a frisson to the room, or maybe he left it as a monument to the bravery of whoever dared to get busy in a place less roomy and distinctly less salubrious than a toilet cubicle.

Further problems plagued the rest of the room, which is comparable to a small walk-in closet. JuliaB noted the "headboard had grease stains all over it, the carpet didn’t look clean, the mattress had protruding springs, and it stank", thanks to the tenants that still occupy many of the rooms in the building. (You can get around the stench by requesting a non-smoking floor, or more specifically, the sixth floor which has no tenants living on it.)

The room only cost $89 but remember, you still have to share a bathroom down the hall. Interestingly, JuliaB said the bathrooms were well-designed, pretty clean and rather wait-free. So long as you don't mind brushing your teeth next to an 18-year-old German skateboarder.

In short, you probably want to skip The Jane especially when you can pay a little bit more on Hotwire, Priceline or Quikbook and get a proper, clean hotel room.

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