Friday, January 22, 2010
"If you are filming a horror flick or a slashes movie, this is the place for you. If you are a NORMAL person, avoid it like the plague!" one traveler warned about an October stay at the Heritage Marina, which has earned negative marks from 80% of Trip Advisor reviewers.
(Management at the Heritage Marina, located downtown about a 15-minute walk from Fisherman's Wharf, didn't reply to requests for comment.)
Rounding out Trip Adviser's 10 dirtiest U.S. hotels are the Days Inn Eureka/Six Flags, Eureka, Mo.; Tropicana Resort Hotel and Super 8 Virginia Beach/At the Ocean, Virginia Beach; Quality Inn, Stroudsburg, Pa.; New York Inn, New York (down from No. 3 last year); Parisian Hotel & Suites, Miami Beach; Capistrano Seaside Inn, Capistrano Beach, Calif.; Desert Lodge, Palm Springs, Calif.; and Continental Oceanfront Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach.
Not on this year's dirtiest list: New York's Hotel Carter, a former Times Square tenement that had landed at the top three times in four years.
"We did a lot of minor renovations and hired a professional bedbug exterminator," says general manager Erwin Lumanglas. "I think it paid off: We're still old, but we're cleaner."