Friday, June 25, 2010

South Beach Will Have to Wait

Alright, alright, so I got lazy and stupid and stopped updating this blog. Let's give it another shot.

I have always wanted to go to South Beach, Florida. It just seems like an amazing place, with all that gorgeous Art Deco architecture.

The Continental Oceanfront Hotel looks like a nice hotel - from outside. But then again, most of them do.

Here are some highlights, courtesy of

What do you do when the particle board vanities in the bathrooms start to break? Do you:

A) replace them one at a time?
B) replace them with pedestal sinks?
C) prop the suckers up with a piece of wood and hope that no one notices?

I don't even want to know what this is about. I would like to imagine that they just wrapped up an episode of Dexter and left this prop behind. Please let that be it. Please?

I know that there are a lot of elder folk down in Florida, but something tells me that this is not a Craftmatic adjustable bed - just a piece of shit.

We'll just have to use our imaginations to figure out how this chair ended up with an iron mark:

Wife: Honey...
Husband: What is it? I'm ironing my shirt.
Wife: There's a big bug on the chair next to the window.
Husband: Shh, don't move, I'll burn it with the iron.
Wife: Don't!

There must have been a few bugs on this air conditioning vent, judging by all the damage.

Here comes a scary storm. Maybe they should just open up all the windows and let Mother Nature clean the rooms.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

When Location Trumps Sanitation: The Carter Hotel in New York City

"If the curtains close, light is off, it's not that bad."

That's the quote from a Ukrainian businesswoman in 2005, in the New York Times. Fast forward to 2009 and the Carter Hotel has been named the dirtiest hotel in America by for the third time in four years.

When I started this blog, I promised myself that I wouldn't publicly shame any hotel or motel by name. I've since changed my mind, because the Carter hotel deserves it.

I pass this hotel every night on the way home from work. I think I'll start taking a different route from now on.

Here's the dated lobby. So warm and inviting, with 1980s neon, random, mismatched furniture, warped stainless steel, dirty ceiling panels, a folding table, vending machines, and much, much more!

If you get can past that, head up to your room. Enjoy the multicolored hallways.

Still not convinced you should leave? This might be your room.

Almost makes you want to just flop down on the bed. Almost.

Wall-to-wall-carpet. Literally.

It's time to unpack, but where's the closet?

Oh, here it is.

"Honey, did you remember to pack the closet rod?"

After you get settled, call up for room service...

Or maybe plug in your laptop.

Maybe the plug is under here. Maybe not.

You must be tired. Why don't you freshen up in the bathroom?

Maybe I'll just take in the view.

Maybe I'll just watch TV.

One of the reviews on Trip Advisor said, "Not Even the Homeless Would Stay Here." Unfortunately, they did, in the 80's. Apparently nothing was done to clean up the mess they left behind.

Check out the official website by clicking here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Italy: Scugly

I found this one on the web (since I haven't had any submissions) can't decide if this room in Florence, Italy is scary or ugly, so I'll just call it "scugly."

Original is here.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Ryugyong is So Wrong

This is the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, mockingly referred to as the Hotel of Doom. It's been sitting, unfinished for 20 years, and is the biggest eyesore on the planet in the country.

[source: News Panda]

Thursday, January 8, 2009