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January 25, 2022

Where to find the world's dirtiest hotels

Before you flop into that bed after a long trip, you might want to take a closer look at just what you might be jumping into. 

Based on traveler reviews, TripAdvisor has just released its annual list of the world's dirtiest hotels, highlighting the horrors – from bed bugs to mould in the bathroom – found in 10 hotels each for seven countries around the globe, including Canada.

Here at home, after being labeled as “too dirty to be a pig sty” the Arkona Motel in Niagara Falls tops the list, followed closely by Toronto’s Bay Street Motel – the spot, according to one disgruntled visitor, where all those nasty people end up when you tell them to "go to hell."

In the U.S., the Heritage Marina Hotel in San Francisco took the top spot while the Grosvenor Hotel, in Blackpool, U.K., was the worst in Europe with one visitor giving it a one-word rating: Alcatraz.

To see the rest of the world’s worst, click here

There are other ways to protect fellow travelers, of course.

If you've stayed at a hotel that gave you bedbugs, for instance, or if your apartment building has been infested, you can post an advisory on the Bed Bug Registry.

And, yes, there's no shortage of Canadian posts.

Tell us, what's the dirtiest hotel you've ever stayed in? What did you do about it?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...