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Okay, this is a story not about a hotel that I’ve actually stayed at, but a local hotel that I read about in the news.  The city of Norwood, Ohio is attempting to shut down the lovely Quality Hotel and Suites Central, alleging that it is a “haven for criminal activity”

Now, I’ve never stayed at this hotel but I’ve driven by it many times.  I have to say it never looked like a super awesome hotel, but at least to me, the fact that it was part of one of the major “chains” made me think that at least there wasn’t rampant drug use and prostitution in it!

From the article – Norwood Police Det. Harry Schlie testified Monday that he sent a confidential informant to the hotel seven times in April to buy heroin. That helped police arrest three people they charged with drug dealing in the hotel stairwells, rooms or parking lot. Others were arrested for prostitution for acts alleged to have occurred in the hotel.

Uhhhh….I’d be less surprised if it was an independent mom-and-pop style hotel – with those I think it’s anything goes (which is one reason why I’m nervous about those places).  In fact, according to the news article, earlier in the year, police shut down the independent Drake Motel in a different part of town for similar things.  I can say for myself that although there was not any drug use or prostitution (that I saw), I once stayed in a Motel 6 in Mobile, AL that definitely qualifies as MY worst hotel stay ever.  After he told us he had no rooms left (despite our reservation), the man at the front desk told us that he could sell us, and I quote, “a room with something wrong with it”

But this is part of the Choice Hotels brand.  They’ve taken the listing down (I suppose since the hotel is not bookable) but according to Award Mapper, this hotel was in the “Range” category and cost 10,000 Choice points to book a free night.  I don’t think so Tim!

I think the best part of this story was going out to TripAdvisor and reading some of the hotel reviews.  Now Drew over at Travel is Free just recently ran a contest for the “worst” hotel reviews, focusing on those where the reviewer was totally out of line, but these are “the worst” in a WHOLE new way.  What surprises me is how this hotel is only ranked #33 out of 49 in Cincinnati – I shudder for the bottom 16 on the list!

Here’s a sampling of reviews

Once we walked into our room, it smelled of urine. The bathroom smelled of urine and there was hair on the floor and on the ceiling. The carpet, curtains and bedspread were nasty.

The hotel itself is falling apart, dirty and marijuana odor.I glad I had clorox wipes to wipes down the entire room. I know its the only time the remote control has ever been cleaned. Thankfully we only stayed one night.That restless night a fight broke out @3:30 am .Yes the
police did arrive promptly,but what fun it was to listen to the drunken residents being cuffed in
the hall

This hotel was seriously the most filthy, dirty places I have ever been. I do not believe it has been cleaned in 10 years. No exaggeration! Chip bags in hall way, maybe new years eve decorations too… dirt upon dirt. Windows were disgusting, cigarette ashes on the bedding and night stand, room smelled like smoke (supposedly a non smoking room), floors def not ever vacuumed, floors have disqusting stains, found stuff all over the floor in room like bobbie pins, trash etc, walls / doors/light switches are stained with filth.

The funny part too is all of the “good” reviews that I have to imagine are some of those “shill” reviews that you hear about on sites like these. I thoroughly enjoyed reading those reviews and definitely recommend it if you want a laugh. Leave a comment with your favorite review

What about you?  What’s the worst hotel you’ve ever stayed at?  Can you top this one?

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