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Ok, This Might Really Be the Worst Hotel in the World

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  Site Where: 888 Arnold Commons Drive [map], Arnold, MO, United States
April 1, 2011 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (4)

Not shown: the meth lab that can be setup in the kitchen and the kiddie porn accessed on the laptop.

We often see hotel reviews, blog postings, listicles and other internet stories that declare a hotel to be the worst in the world but this Value Place Hotel in Arnold, Missouri might truly be the worst of them all.

The city of Arnold, which is just outside of St. Louis, recently forced a closure of the hotel because the police department received over 200 calls in just 22 months to the hotel. Putting that even more into perspective, the hotel itself has only been open for 23 months.

The City said the Jefferson County Sheriff's Drug Task Force, the DEA and the FBI responded to drug overdoses, prostitution, child pornography, stealing, assault, drug sales, drug manufacturing, rape, burglary and other felonious actions at the hotel at 888 Arnold Commons Drive.

Wow. Finally, something that makes bedbugs seem like cuddly creatures.

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Room With an Anti-View: La Quinta Inn Inherits Anti-View from Ramada

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  Site Where: 3320 Rangeline Rd [map], Joplin, MO, United States, 64801
October 2, 2008 at 11:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

Since obsessive hotel room view collector Jim took this anti-view, the hotel has changed from a Ramada to the La Quinta Inn in Joplin, Missouri, but we're guessing the view probably hasn't changed too much. Sure, the semi-trailers have probably taken a hike, but they're almost the most interesting part.

To be fair, the La Quinta Inn seems more about location than views--it's a motel on route US 71 at I-44 close to Missouri Southern College. Room rates average a low $79 a night, so you can hardly expect a spectacular view to be thrown in for free. Of course, we can still dream of a decent view and a low price turning up together.

[Photo: Jim Frazier]

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Stuck In Kansas City? At Least The Hyatt Has a Good View

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  Site Where: 2345 McGee Street [map], Kansas City, MO, United States, 64108
September 17, 2008 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you're looking for an air of history and an easy walk to the new Power and Light entertainment district in Kansas City, stay at Hilton Hotel President or the Hotel Phillips. But if you want a killer view of the skyline, check into an even-numbered room at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center.

The photo here is from room 2416.

This 40-story high-rise has your standard Hyatt set-up and mostly average amenities, but rooms come with an iPod dock alarm clock that cranks out good sound. Plus the WiFi is gratis in the large lobby area, which always makes us happy. You can walk through glass tunnels above the street to the Crown Center shopping and dining area, plus the Hallmark visitor's center is a block away. If you just want to visit for the view, get a reservation at the revolving restaurant on top.