America's 10 worst hotel chains

A pair of surveys released this summer suggests that travelers pay a price for staying in budget motels and hotels.

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Sep 7, 2012 9:43PM
Dear Travellers, I am sorry it is not the "motel chains" but "who is the franchisee?". Most of motels in the South and New York New Jersey area are owned by "Patels". These are cheap sob s with poor personal hygeine and lack of sanitation being used to same hotels in India. Most of these Patels are from same general area in Gujrath state in India and some Patels own Corporations with 70-80 Motels and Hotels. They are generally run by their relatives and acquaintances from same villages in India who come here and often stay in a room at same motel. Hence the name "Patel Motel". Often these people who work own  and live at these motels are illegal aliens ! It is a big racket since any cash receipts are never declared for taxes. African Americans are often discriminated in terms of renting a room. I know I will take some heat for posting this but I think these people who stayed at these hotels/motels should know.
Sep 6, 2012 2:37PM
Unfortunately this is the state of lodging in this country today. Sorry to say, but most of the budget motels are run by dirty, nasty, smelly East Indian franchisees. They don't care about amenities cleanliness or maintenance. They're doing you a favor by overcharging you for the room. A Caucasian or African man or woman born in this country can't get a franchise, or borrow the money to operate one and KEEP THE DAMN THING MAINTAINED AND CLEAN, but you'll be glad to give 10 franchises to the idiot from Bangalore, who's grandfather was once a Hotel concierge in Bombay.. Does this sound racist and discriminatory? Too damn bad. it's the truth.
Sep 22, 2012 3:48AM
What did we learn from this? Stay out of hotels in FL & CO, at the very least!  Seriously, though- I am absolutely NOT a racist, but I confess to seeking American run hotels when travelling.  It has less to do with racism, I think, and perhaps more to do with the fact that many of the Middle Easterners & others now running hotels & motels in the USA came from impoverished countries where (possibly) the standards & expectations for cleanliness weren't the same as they are here.  Just a thought...
Sep 22, 2012 2:11AM
Don't blame the hotel chain. Blame the people who manage them.
Sep 6, 2012 10:50AM

I know this sounds Racist , But Every Hotel Now is owned by Indians.

I think they get either a Grant or Special Loan from the Goverment

when they come to the U.S.


They are surly and downright rude and behave as if they resent americans.


Forget about them using profits to make repairs. I made the mistake of working for a Indian family one time and he spent a lot of money on a Camera System just so he could spy on me from home and call me when he saw me eating or talking on the phone and would question as to why.


In little town they go under cause no redneck will ever put up with that crap.

Sep 21, 2012 6:49PM
The Indians come here on 6 month visas . they get FREE Money to start a business , buy  home , buy a car and ARE INVITED To apply for  SPLIT CITIZENSHIP ! 
If Americans were EVER Deemed WORTHY Enough to GET HALF THIS FREE S H I T .
We would have the hotels, motels , liquor stores, dunkin  doughnuts , 7/11 , cigarette stores. gas stations ,and ya know ALL THAT MONEY WOULD STAY IN THIS COUNTRY ! 
And this country would not be in such FINANCIAL RUIN 
oh and just to add then once they get their SPLIT CITIZENSHIP  They Bring more and more of the family here to do teh EXACT SAME THING .. and bring bed bugs with them !
Sep 22, 2012 1:42AM
The reason these chains have gone to waste is because they are mostly owned by Middle Easterners.  I will not stay in one of these filthy places.  Either they don't know cleanliness or the $ is all they are interested in.  Super 8 used to be a very decent place to stay, but not anymore.  Show you will not stand for this by not staying in one of these motels.
Sep 22, 2012 11:45AM
I travel alot and have found that the majority of the low budget hotels/motels mentioned in the article are  along I15, I40, I25.Sadly, majority of these establishments are owned or operated by "Hindus". I have learned that if I can't understand the check-in clerk or smell the spices used by the hindus daily meals, I get the heck outta there. Rather than taking this remark constructively it will be viewed as a racist statement. I  also have learned that these owners have no clue about ADA laws or the franchise charters. Whats very sad is that alot of these places were in good standing until it is purchased by middle easteners, then those establishment takes a nose dive, rather then re-investing for up keep, they allow the establishments to fall into shambles. If these owners want the public trust or business, they need to learn the laws of operating these establishments such as the ADA laws ( American Disability Act) regarding service animals  which waivers paying pet fee's. Again, if you can't understand the check-in clerk or smell that fowl odor which premates to the rest of the rooms, find another place to stay. 
Sep 6, 2012 5:59PM
 All motels and hotels are nasty in some way, even fancy 300 dollar a night hotels.  The first thing to do when  you check in to your room is get a big can of Lysol and spray every thing you are going to touch such as light switches, remote controls, doorknobs, and even the toilet seat. Then you have to take the comforter or bedspread off the bed and toss it to a corner because they rarely wash those.  Next you have to do a thorough bed bug inspection and make sure to look between the mattresses and under the bed.  After that you can start your roach, ant, and other bug inspection and make sure all your locks and dead bolts work correctly.
Sep 22, 2012 3:02AM
if the owners/operators are not American, LEAVE!  the third world owners are filthy pigs, and by their standards they think nothing is wrong.
Sep 6, 2012 6:23PM
How many of these hotels are run by Indians from India?
Sep 22, 2012 2:49PM
A lot of these establishments are owned and operated by people from India. I hate to be stereotypical but from first hand experience, they cut a lot of corners and it shows. I stay is one of the better rated hotel chains and frequently stay in an Indian owned mid range hotel in OH. Over the years you can see the deferred maintenance, poor upkeep and sloppy housekeeping. I wish these people would see what the customers see.
Sep 6, 2012 6:11PM

I can't argue with any of these findings. I have stayed at many of these chains. I have filed very specific complaints while staying there and to their corporate owners. All you'll get is lip service. Pay the extra money and sleep better.

I stayed in a Fairfield last week that I found less than acceptable. (Owensboro, KY) I sent my complaints to corporate and the manager sent me an email essentially stating that I didn't know what I was talking about. They offered me points to get me to go away. Insulting! Can everybody in America be bought now? I don't think so.

I have stayed in very expensive hotels that gave the worst posiible service (Hilton Hawaii, Big Island) and they just don't care. They even acknowledged they had little control over the property. The manager refused to contact me to offer a lame apology. I had pictures of trash on the floor of my $250/night room. After the 2nd day of that ^^^^hole I checked out and moved to the Hyatt next door.

Sep 21, 2012 8:48PM
After years and years of traveling on the job I learned some valuable "life lessons."  If you walk in and smell curry, walk out.  If the desk clerk has a turban or gives any other sign of being from India or Pakistan, run, don't walk, to the exit.  If you get to the room and discover 40 watt  bulbs, dirty anything, or obviously worn out beds or bedding, check back out.  If you've stayed there before and the place has noticeably gone down hill it has probably been bought by someone named Patel and you should take the place off your list.   Always use a VISA or MasterCard so you can dispute the charge--which you'll probably have to do.I'm all in favor of people coming here and moving up the ladder but, sadly, most of them bring the standards of where they come from and want us to accept them.  When you encounter "India in America"  move on there are still a lot of good places out there.
Oct 5, 2012 9:34AM
Days Inn should top the list. The front desk in Williamsburg laughed at my wife(literally) when she asked for a night's refund due to 7am construction sawing outside our door and water shut off for 4 hrs for construction. Complained to corporate and they said it's individually owned and there's nothing they can do. What would it cost them to comp us one night and speak to the owner who is putting their corporate logo on the building??? Will NEVER stay at a Days Inn again. Will sleep in the car.
Sep 6, 2012 11:52AM

Compared to India or Pakistan I bet the Management feels all these rooms are quite clean and comfortable


Sep 21, 2012 7:32PM
just people remember the 2 places where BED BUGS are the most plentiful are 
Who OWNS the hotels and
Who WORKS in the hotels  
Sep 5, 2012 9:09PM
Maybe you should take a look at the people running these dumps that are called motels, might give you an insight....
Oct 5, 2012 11:26AM

Of course what they do not take into account in this survey when speaking of "Chain Hotels" is the fact that they are franchises most of the time independent of each other. The Quality Inn of Bar Harbor, Maine is nothing like the reports. The Quality Inn in Fishkill New York is another example of really excellant property.

So before the reports are issued they should put out a disclaimer that all are not equal. It is an unjustice for the nice ones in these chains.

Very Very UNFAIR.

Sep 6, 2012 10:38AM
One would assume most if not all of these dumps are owned by middle eastern low lifes. Those would be the ones who don't own a quikmart.
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