The ‘dirtiest hotel in America’ is for sale. It’s expected to fetch $180 million.
The Hotel Carter is on West 43rd St off Times Square.
“It’s the dirtiest, and best located hotel in New York City,” Lawrence Wolfe, who has been handling the sale for the seller, said Tuesday. “It was under-managed and neglected.”
The 1930s property was voted nation’s dirtiest in poll TripAdvisor discontinued in 2012.
I don’t put much stock in TripAdvisor surveys. I think TripAdvisor is great for:
- User photos to get a real visual sense for a property, although I don’t put too much stock in a single photo of a problem (I want to see the same problem recur before I write off a hotel).
- Patterns in reviews. I don’t want to know how many people loved a hotel, I want specific facts reported consistently across reviews like mold, peeling wallpaper, dirty sheets, etc. When I see the issue recur I give it weight.
Having so many people on a site, offering first-hand experiences, there’s value if you know how to mine the data.
I wouldn’t ever stay somewhere because TripAdvisor members liked it best, on average their members’ tastes may not mirror my own. I often see luxury properties knocked down in score due to high cost of room service, often guests aren’t judging hotels for what they are but based on their priors — which in a given instance may or may not match those of the person looking for guidance in reviews.
Towards that end I would not actually declare a single hotel the dirtiest based on votes on that site. I’d be confident it isn’t the cleanest, however.
Nonetheless, such a reputation and operating condition no doubt drags down the value of the property. Whomever has $180 million for the hotel had better have a whole lot more for capital improvements!
(HT: Alan H.)