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feb 02 2010

Dirty tricks used with "Dirtiest Hotels" list?

TripAdvisor dished some serious dirt last week with the release of a list of the Dirtiest Hotels around the world, based on traveler reviews. Unsurprisingly, some hoteliers and industry reps weren't too happy, and some are even threatening to sue, crying foul play.

TripAdvisor announced the 10 Dirtiest Hotels in various parts of the world, including the U.S., Asia, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

There was some uproar in the latter especially, according to a USA Today blog post:

Bob Cotton, CEO of the British Hospitality Association, told the Independent that hotels across Europe are lobbying the EU Commission to rewrite the rules governing website reviews. The goal? Make sure they're legitimate - and not written by rivals...

"You can't ban these on-line comments—that is like de-inventing the atomic bomb—and I am in favour of all these methods of modern communication. But we need a fair crack of the whip," said Cotton. He said he's aware of some cases in which a hotel owner had been double-crossed by a competitor who wrote a series of disparaging comments about the rival hotel.

Some hotels are considering taking legal action against TripAdvisor.

What do you think? Are the "Dirtiest Hotels" lists fair? Have you ever stayed in any of the hotels that earned the dubious distinction of making it onto one of these lists? Here, according to TripAdvisor, are the grimiest in the U.S.:

1. Heritage Marina Hotel, San Francisco, California

2. Days Inn Eureka/Six Flags, Eureka, Missouri

3. Tropicana Resort Hotel, Virginia Beach, Virginia

4. Super 8 Virginia Beach/At the Ocean, Virginia Beach, Virginia

5. Quality Inn, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

6. New York Inn, New York City, New York

7. Parisian Hotel & Suites, Miami Beach, Florida

8. Capistrano Seaside Inn, Capistrano Beach, California

9. Desert Lodge, Palm Springs, California

10. Continental Oceanfront Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.


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