If you’re taking the trouble to fly all the way to a far-off destination for a budget holiday, looking up a list of the worst hotels in the places you’re visiting could make more sense than looking up a list of the best ones. Even bad hotels tend to sometimes get rated well, presumably through the use of unfair methods. It can be hard to completely trust any top 10 list of good things. It can be easier to trust lists of terrible products and services, though. When someone publishes a list of terrible things, chances are good that someone has been telling the truth. At least, you’ll know where not to go. If you’re jetting off to Australia soon, here’s a list of hotels that you shouldn’t set foot in.
1. The Red Castle, Perth
Hotels in the city of Perth have a reputation for overcharging. The Red Castle Hotel does what it can to keep the reputation going. While the social networks are full of horror stories by disappointed guests, the hotel charges as much as $120 a night – a price that is actually considered cheap for the city.
For that money, you get rude staff, rooms that haven’t been updated in a half-century, public areas with broken furniture, missing lights and appliances and dirty, mismatched glasses and cups. The bathrooms are no better – you get flushes that don’t work, missing tiles and cracked mirrors. Safety doesn’t seem to be a top priority to the management of the Red Castle, either. The hotel was in the news in 2012 for a fire on the roof.
2. Cloud 9 Backpackers Resort, Brisbane
Most people expect a hotel for backpackers to be basic. They shouldn’t have to deal with kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms that are a health hazard, though. This is all that Cloud 9 promises. Guests frequently complain of bedbug bites and of looking terrible in a swimsuit on the beach as a result.
3. Balmoral House, Brisbane
If you plan to stay in a cheap hotel for more than a day, you shouldn’t book in advance for the entire duration of your stay. You should book for one night and then make your decision about staying for longer once you get there. If you don’t take care, you could end up in a place like Balmoral House, an unclean hotel where the amenities don’t work and few promises are kept. While the hotel promises airport pickups, for instance, guests are routinely turned down when they actually arrive.
4. Metro Hotel Sydney CentralPhoto: metrohotels.com.au
The Metro has excellent location at the center of the city. Once you get past the location, though, it’s all downhill. Dead insects, filth everywhere, air-conditioners that don’t work when the temperature is 115°F outside and a pool covered with green mildew all make this hotel one of the worst ways to spend $100 a night.
5. City Resort, Sydney
Many reviewers writing about the City Resort tend to use prison imagery – the words jail and concentration camp tend to show up often. From cleaning staff who never show up to unclean and rude long-term guests, the hotel can make for a miserable experience.
6. City Lodge, Sydney
In Sydney’s warm climate, insect infestations are a common hazard. Guests at City Lodge report of a terrible bedbug situation at the hotel. Lack of cleanliness, rude fellow guests and moldy beds are some of the other problems. The hotel is in an excellent location, though.
7. The Melbourne Connection, Melbourne
People do expect to rough it when they arrive at a cheap hotel with communal bathrooms and kitchens like the Melbourne Connection. They don’t expect broken fittings, non-functional electrics, piles of garbage and women screaming in terror in the middle of the night, though. This is the kind of experience that this place offers, unfortunately. You can easily find better places to stay for the $105 a night that it costs to stay here.
8. The Spencer, Melbourne
The most frequent kind of complaint about The Spencer tends to be about the guests who stay there. Complaints about loud, rude and inconsiderate guests abound. A quiet night’s sleep can be difficult – the hotel’s guests have a reputation for constantly running up and down the hallways and stairs through the night. The hotel isn’t comfortable, either. It offers no heating or air conditioning.
9. Dulwich Hill,Dullwich Hill, New South Wales
If you show up at this hotel after 7 PM, you won’t be checked in – the desk is only manned from 9 AM to 7 PM. When you do manage to get checked in, you can’t count on being able to enter your room if you show up after 7 PM. The hotel has a great deal of trouble issuing electronic key cards that work. When guests have trouble getting their key cards to open their doors after 7 PM, they usually sit outside and wait for front desk staff to turn up in the morning.
10. Beached at Bondi, Sydney
The name Beached at Bondi is much more fun than a stay at the hotel for many of its guests, going by social media reports. The word disgusting often shows up in guest reviews, used to describe stained mattresses and pillows, air-conditioners that smell, refrigerators with hair and breakfast with toast that has actual mold on it.
11. Parkview Hotel, Sydney
Some hotels start out well but lose their commitment after a while. The Parkview is one such hotel. From ancient, stained decor to rude staff and depressing smells, this hotel should be stayed away from.
It’s difficult to find a great hotel to stay at, but with a little research you will definitely find the best option for you. What do you think of this list? Have you ever stayed at one of these hotels?