“It has been ranked the dirtiest hotel in America four years running”
OK now once you get ranked the dirtest hotel even once, you’d think it’d inspire people to get their act together wouldn’t you.
Here are some reviews of it from the website, Yelp
So my question is would you even consider staying there? Supposedly it’s cheap under $100 a night for a hotel in Times Square is dirt cheap, but evidently you get real “dirt”
Hey, if you can’t appreciate that filth, squalor, danger and decay are what make New York the pinnacle of world civilization, you’re obviously a bunch of Gap-shopping, Olive Garden-eating suburban titty-babies.
I’ll take Olive Garden over getting shanked for some rat kabobs by a street vendor any day. I’ll take a HoJos over the Bed Bug Inn over there any day, too. But I grew up in the suburbs, so I’m a little sheltered.
Ah, yes, the lovely Hotel Carter. I remember it as the home of a couple of really unsavoury nightclubs. First, the Saigon Rose. I shudder at the memory. Then as the home of Sally’s, a transvestite/transsexual hangout run by Sally Maggio, who ran Blues, another trans-whaever joint, a few doors down, then renamed it Sally’s, then moved it to the Hotel Carter, which had a much bigger bar. The drag shows were actually a lot of fun. I guess some would think that the pre-op transsexual prostitutes and drugs available there were a lot of fun too.
This boggles the mind. This hotel is in the middle of Manhattan. Why would anyone want to run a bad hotel in this location? You could just sell the building for $100,000,000 or something. Or just bring the place up to minimal standards and fill the place up with people happy to spend $250 a night for a room.
At a guess (and that’s all it is), the hotel was or is about half full of SRO tenants, who have some protection against eviction, thus making the building difficult to sell, because whoever bought it would get the tenants along with the hotel.
Hmmm, I’m staying in this area for four days starting Saturday - this hotel is available and would save me $500! I thought the $220 a night Mayfair looked dodgy, but I guess I’ll wallow in its defecation and dirt deficiencies.
In about 1981, I went on a trip that was offered through my high school. There were a couple days in New York City, and I remember the hotel was about a half-block from Times Square (to the west of it, I think). I’ve gone looking for it on recent trips, but never could find it (if it even still exists). It may have been the Hotel Carter. I might even recognize a picture of the lobby.