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1. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Thankful you survived the night?
Inquiring minds want to know the scariest lodgings/places you have encountered...

Flamingo Motel - Sarasota, Florida
Hotel Isla Grande - Isla Grande, Panama

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Mayflower Hotel on Earls Court, London - bed bugs. Have to move to another hotel in the middle of the night

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 11y

Pink Flamingo, Berkeley, California.
I actually did not see cockroaches here, nor was I mugged. But neither of those things happening would've surprised me. Really and totally creaped me out, that place. (The door had holes in it as if someone had attacked it with an axe!)

  • eyes isadora's post*
  • decides to from now on just completely skip all places with "flamingo" in the name*
4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Sander

*decides to from now on just completely skip all places with "flamingo" in the name*

You're not alone on that idea! Any place with Flamingo is off our list too. Half of the doors had been replaced with plywood w/padlocks. (Expected police tape to be wrapped around the whole motel by morning...) The drunks on either side fought all night (waited for them to fall through the walls), dead insects of assorted varieties littered the bathroom floor and God only knows what was growing in the shower. Slept for 4 hours before fleeing the scene.

Hotel Isla Grande - only place within 80 km that wasn't booked solid for Carnaval. Lonely Planet said it was a bit run down... Didn't think we could find anyplace scarier than the Flamingo - we were wrong. Thin plywood walls, more drunks to fall through them, worse bathroom, and more security guards, military and beach police than we'd seen in the whole of the rest of the country. Rehabbing is not an option to improve this place - demolition would be preferrable. Too bad because they had a nice beach - if you could find it under all the trash (which the vultures enjoyed immensely). Another hasty retreat back to civilization before the "guests" awoke from their tequila-drenched dreams. (Nothing against tequila - love the stuff.)

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

The Harcourt Hotel in Dublin. The hotel itself was pretty nice (and pricy - but the only place we could find last minute), although the staff were pretty indifferent and we waited around forever before they finally got the room ready.

But it was the disco right below our room that was the kicker. Imagine trying to sleep in the middle of a party (and you're not drunk!). That's what it was like until 4 in the morning. The furniture was shaking, the windows were vibrating, I had pillows stuffed up against my ears. I layed awake and fuming until about 4, then got up at 6 to catch my flight home.

Then they tried to charge us for long-distance calls we never made. Nice!

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Is that it??? Only 5 places in the world that are "uninhabitable" (and 2 of them are my own)? It's not fair!!!!!!!!

7. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

The Ideal Youth Hostel in Barcelona. It was really dirty (beds, bathrooms, you name it), the service was hideous (at check in, hey made us wait for an hour or so - I kid you not - while the receptionist was on the phone), was located in an alley that smelled like urine, early lockout time, really expensive bed liniens, the list goes on. Not to mention this American guy that would have sex with someone different on the balcony to our room every night...with the door open. Oh yeah, and he woke us up at 3 or 4am by jumping on our beds because, and I quote, "these people shouldn't be asleep, they should be partying, like, how else will they get laid?"

Cheers,
Katie ;)

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I flew into Kuching, Sarawak (East Malaysia) after Friday midnight. All the recommended guesthouses etc were full, so I took a room above shop ... opposite a disco. I clearly understood after that what my basic criteria would be in future when selecting a place to stay: safe, clean, quiet, & preferably with a window ( & fan if necessary).