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TripAdvisor Abandons List of Dirtiest Hotels – NYTimes.com

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EACH January in recent years, the online travel review site TripAdvisor.com has kicked up storms of publicity and protests by releasing its scathing lists of the “dirtiest hotels” in the world.

But not this year. TripAdvisor has abandoned the widely cited lists of the grungiest lodgings in various regions of the world, including the United States. “We want to stay more on the positive side, so we’ll continue to feature the best destinations, the top hotels,” said Stephen Kaufer, the chief executive. “We’re slicing and dicing the ‘best of’ in different ways this year, more than focusing on the negative.”

So that’s the end of annual collections of reviewer comments like these about various unfortunate properties that made previous world’s dirtiest lists such amusing reading (assuming you did not own any of the hotels in question): “Made me think of my own grave,‘A level of filth and discomfort that mere neglect could never produce,’ ‘If Hell had a hotel it would be something like this.’

The insults ranged from the hyperbolic if plausible “Dust so thick we could have knitted our own blanket.” to the clearly absurd Chewing-tobacco spit oozing down the halls and corridors.”

As I note their passing, however, allow me to employ the same kind of sarcasm that characterized the lists: “Looks like snarky TripAdvisor pulls its punches, accentuates the positive, eliminates the negative, now that it has been spun off by Expedia as a separate publicly traded company and it feels competition from the new Google travel site breathing over its shoulder.”

via TripAdvisor Abandons List of Dirtiest Hotels – NYTimes.com.

Strange Random Bad Hotel Quote:

“I stayed in a really old hotel last night. They sent me a wake-up letter.” – Steven Wright (American Comedian, b.1955)

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