Dirt-caked bathtubs, molding refrigerators and mystery stains are just a few of the horrors travelers say they've found at the Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. In the past year, disgruntled and disturbed guests have called the hotel everything from "cockroach heaven" to a "filthy, disgusting dump" and have plastered the Internet with sordid photographic evidence to prove it. That's bad news for the Grand Resort Hotel since generally the number one reason guests don't return to a hotel is because of cleanliness issues, says Howard Adler, director of Purdue University's Center for the Study of Lodging Operations.
From a dilapidated California inn to a mold-infested Myrtle Beach flophouse, these are America's 10 filthiest hotels, according to a survey of reviews from 2010 on the travel website TripAdvisor.
Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor, said that overall, traveler ratings for cleanliness are climbing, but "some properties still need to clean up their act. All told, 85% of TripAdvisor travelers who reviewed these ten properties recommend against staying there."
All hotels on the list were contacted and offered the chance to comment.
The grand champion: the aforementioned Grand Resort Hotel, cited by reviewers for "chewing tobacco spit oozing down the halls and corridors; spiders actively making webs in every corner of your room," and "carpeting so greasy and dirty you wouldn't want to sit your luggage down, let alone walk around barefoot." Photos uploaded to TripAdvisor by guests of the hotel show an unsettling tableau of bed stains, peeling paint and blackened refrigerators. Source: blogs.forbes.com; To continue reading 'Click Here'.