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The Stanley Hotel, AKA The Shining Hotel
It’s Halloween in hotel land, but rather than tell you about any package with the adjective ‘spooktacular’, we thought we’d discuss scary things found in hotel rooms. Some are ghostly, and some are simply gross. Here are the scariest moments of the HotelChatter crew – do chime in with yours in the comments…
· Being warned, “Ladies, you may not want to go into this next room, since the gentleman ghost has a habit of, um, touching women," on a hotel ghost tour (at The Stanley Hotel, CO);
· Becoming aware of your hotel’s haunted rumors while getting ready to go to sleep (at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, PA);
· Getting a weird neck-tingling sensation walking down a corridor (at Claridge’s)
· Having the room key not work, getting it fixed, having it break again, having the lock replaced, and having it break again – and then having a very weird feeling about the room (at The Benson, OR)
· Checking into a hotel we knew had a haunted reputation, trying our best to ignore that fact overnight, reading in the morning that the ghosts are mainly concentrated in one room, asking at reception for a joke if we could see that ghost room, and being told “but it’s the one you slept in last night” (at the Cosmopolitan San Diego).
Ask The Byfords, a British family from West Yorkshire how their recent holiday in Tunisia went, and chances are they'll say "rubbish"--and they wouldn't be lying. According to The Daily Mail, the poor folks spent £4,000 ($6400) booking what they thought was a luxury vacation at the Soviva Resort and instead ended up in a garbage, feces, and cat-urine infested dump.
The hotel, which was supposed to be located in the resort town of Port El Kantaoui, was part of the Byfords vacation package through Thomas Cook, the UK travel agency. Upon arriving in Tunisia and finding themselves whizzing past the area, it soon became obvious to the Byfords that they weren't going to get that beautiful getaway they'd seen in the brochures.
But they had no idea how bad it was going to get until they arrived at their supposedly four-star destination and saw...human feces floating in the pool.
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All this week, Julia Buckley will be taking us down the Blues trail in the Mississippi Delta and giving us the lowdown on the hotel scene. So kick off your blue suede shoes and get comfy.
It’s almost exactly two years since we visited the Mississippi Delta to follow the Blues trail, and we were so entranced by what we found there that we’ve spent the last two years fantasizing about a return. Finally, two weeks ago, we made it out there, and for old time’s sake, we chose the Tallahatchie Flats in lovely little Greenwood as our first stop.
Last time, we adored it – comfy bed, gorgeous setting and, the Flats’ jewel in the crown, their fantastic manager Les. This time, though, we couldn’t help but be a little disappointed, and not just because it turned out Les was no longer chez Tallahatchie (he’s been replaced by an equally nice lady).
No, what bugged us this time was noticing that the cleaning standards had gone down a steep hill. Last time we’d noted that our bathroom sink could have been cleaner; this time, it wasn’t just the streaky sink that was the problem; the toilet didn’t look as it if had been cleaned, the shower almost certainly hadn’t (it had the label off someone’s facecloth on the dirty shelf, and we had to rinse black dirt from the shower tray) and the entire bathroom smelled a little, err, steamy.
Would you dine at a place with a "B"?
UPDATE 6:49PM: Andaz Fifth Avenue's general manager Jonathan Frolich has sent us this statement regarding the letter grade.
"We've addressed the issues brought to us by the inspector and we look forward to a re-inspection. We are fully committed to ensuring the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene and we're confident that the current grade will be amended in the very near future."
For what it's worth, Andaz Wall Street has an A and the team is following the same F&B rules as Andaz 5th Avenue.
Let's not make a big deal of this—since Lord knows the management at the Plaza Hotel and Andaz 5th Avenue don't want to—but it looks as if two upscale midtown hotels have been silently boycotting their unfavorable Department of Health inspection results. The news might not come as a surprise for those who have followed the Oak Room's downward spiral. Between its $28 burgers, unpredictable nightlife scene (Lady Gaga is far better off at a place like the Standard), and, now, apparent neglect of health code, the Oak Room has essentially sealed its own doom.
The New York Post reports:
"The iconic Oak Room at The Plaza hotel has been inspected twice by the Health Department since the grading system took effect last July. It scored 33 and then 39 violation points -- well beyond the 28 that rates a "C" -- for a lack of hand-washing facilities near the food-prep area and the toilet, among other infractions.
Asked where the grade was posted, a manager sniffed, 'I do have it, but I can't let you see it.'"
Now, we get it. These places have a reputation to uphold, and can't stand the thought of lost business because of a pesky letter grade placard posted in the restaurant's front window for all to see. Here's a tip for panic-stricken hotel restaurant managers: if you don't want to get stuck with the bad grade, you gotta do the homework! Like, you know, keeping food prep surfaces clean, and ridding the kitchen of flies, and making sure all the requisite hand-washing facilities are in place!
Your first clue that this is a dirty hotel is that they use a bedspread like this. The second is of course, the rip.
What, is this opposite day here? We're just not used to this sort of news. Apparently, America's dirtiest hotel, as determined by TripAdvisor, The Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon
Poop Forge, Tenn. has vowed to overhaul the property and has even taken immediate steps to do so.
CBS News reports:
CEO and General Manager Nicky Darrell Chaney said he has already fired one manager, hired a new maintenance manager and new head of housekeeping, and is in the process of using a new sanitizer to clean the rooms.
That's certainly very encouraging to hear although it's gonna take a lot more than sanitizer to clean those rooms (and fix the broken furniture and ripped bedspreads.)
Meanwhile, The Hotel Carter in New York is on the list YET AGAIN, this time at #4. If only the owners or managers of the Carter had the same sense of shame as the Grand Resort.
A dead cockroach. Not exactly what you want to greet you when you walk into a hotel room, but hey, this is New Orleans and these things happen.
Yes, after we checked out of our holiday-romance-gone-wrong at International House, we checked into the Ambassador Hotel on Tchoupitoulas, where we scored what was possibly the last hotel room left in New Orleans on game night for $69.99.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the kind of ambassador we were hoping for (and neither was the hair on the bath behind it). The view wasn’t too exciting either, consisting as it did of 10 inches of air and then a brick wall.
TripAdvisor released its annual Traveler's Choice list yesterday and while a whopping 719 hotels were winners of awards and mentions, we're guessing the Heritage Marina Hotel in San Francisco is not too proud to be considered the #1 Dirtiest Hotel in the United States.
Recent reviews called the place "filthy" "disgusting", "cockroach-infested", "horror hotel", "had the ambiance of fresh vomit" and "the most smelly discusting place ever!" [SIC]. This really doesn't come as a surprise to us since way back in 2006, we had an in-depth report of bed bugs at the place. Yuck.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
We've once said before that being locked out of a killer view is an anti-view so the same will have to be said for a dirty window. HotelChatter Flickr Pool member Ajbelongia writes of Room 416 at the Sheraton Independence Hotel in Ohio:
Is it a view or an anti-view if you can't see out of the dirty window ??
Do we even need to share our answer? By the way, the hotel is actually no longer a Sheraton and is now owned by Skyline. Hope they gave it a thorough washing when they took it over. Rooms start at $91 a night.
So this is what they mean by "dirt cheap." We already knew that the Hotel Carter is the pad to stay away from in America. Now meet its UK equivalent – London’s Cromwell Crown Hotel, named today by Tripadvisor as the worst hotel in Britain.
It may be in a fairly a swanky part of town, but the hotel’s anything but Tripadvisor reviewers noted “bloodstained” bedding, cans of beer in the bath, rat droppings on the pillows and “slightly mental-looking people wandering up and down the corridors.” Well, if you will only pay £19 ($27) for your room…
According to Tripadvisor, seven of Britain’s ten filthiest hotels are in the capital. If you’d rather not run the e-coli gauntlet, The 41 Hotel, the monochrome gaff by Buckingham Palace, was named the country’s best luxury hotel.
This hotel room ain't going to cut it anymore.
If ever there’s been a week to put your transatlantic ticket on hold, it’s this one. First came the news last week that the UK's budget hotels were "unfit to lick". Today the chairman of the UK tourist board, no less, made us think we should start stockpiling the supplies for our next venture into an English hotel.
“Threadbare towels, a previously owned bar of soap and a grumpy person who says: ‘We don’t do breakfast before 8am and we don’t do it after 8.12am,’” are all things you could come across should you be unfortunate enough to stay in the UK, according to VisitBritain Chairman Christopher Rodrigues. He reckons that if they don’t shape up, the industry will lose up to 50,000 jobs in the coming recession.
A good hotel doesn’t have to be five star, says Rodrigues, all you need is “a clean bar of soap and fluffy towels." An attainable goal, granted, but we’re thinking that might not quite be enough to reel in the visitors over the pond. Unless, the room is a pound a night.
In April, VisitBritain will launch a £6.5m campaign to tout the UK as a "value for money" destination. If hotels don't clean up their act by then, the campaign may have to feature Basil Fawlty as their poster boy.
Have you ever stayed in a budget British hotel that was actually clean? Let us know where.
A room at the Ibis Eustson in London.
Here's an early-morning story out of the UK that will give you the heebie jeebies: Holiday magazine sent microbiological technical consultants into sixteen budget hotel rooms around the UK and found some pretty skanky stuff in a few Ibis and Travelodge properties.
In this iteration of the classic evening-news-coming-into-a-hotel-with-a-blacklight operation, the budget rooms were thoroughly inspected and, well, let's just say that the Extended Stay Lick-Everything Chick would not fare well in these rooms.
From a recap of the investigation by BBC News:
Mould was found growing on a mattress at an Ibis hotel on Manchester's Charles Street, while a duvet at the Portland Street Ibis, also in Manchester, had a stain suspected to be blood.
A toilet at Ibis Euston in London was found to have urine and faeces around its seat and urine down its pedestal, the report said.
As for the Travelodge properties with cleanliness issues, high levels of bacteria and dust were found at three Travelodge hotels in London and two in Manchester.
Fortunately, experts have determined that none of the hygiene issues really pose a threat to the health of the guests using those rooms. Unless you lick everything in the hotel room.
TripAdvisor has just published a hot-list of the top 10 Dirtiest Hotels in the US and UK.
The one that touched our hearts is the Europa Gatwick in Crawley, near Gatwick Airport in the UK, because we had the misfortune to grow up there.
The Europa is currently only 4th on the list, but we reckon the fact of being located in one of the most revolting towns in the UK would bump it right up to the top.