OAKLAND (CBS) — The Jack London Inn in Oakland is the second filthiest hotel in America, according to ratings compiled and released by the travel review web site TripAdvisor.
“The rooms displayed a level of filth and discomfort that mere neglect could never produce. The parking lot resembled a post apocalyptic junk yard. The halls reeked of cigarette smoke, body odor, and failure,” was the assessment of one recent reviewer.
In all, 81% of the site’s reviewers said they would not reccommend the Jack London Inn.
The only hotel that ranked dirtier was the Grand Resort Hotel in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
A statement issued by Jack London Inn management in response to the TripAdvisor findings said that “describing the hotel as the dirtiest hotel in America is highly subjective and a gross exaggeration created from the reviews from some, anonymous disgruntled guests.”
The statement went on to indicate that “a detailed renovation of the hotel has begun and will continue through 2011.”
The TripAdvisor list:
1. Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
2. Jack London Inn – Oakland, California
3. Desert Inn Resort – Daytona Beach, Florida
4. Hotel Carter – New York City, New York
5. Polynesian Beach & Golf Resort – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
6. Atlantic Beach Hotel – Miami Beach, Florida
7. Rodeway Inn – Williamsville, New York
8. Super 8 Estes Park – Denver, Colorado
9. Palm Grove Hotel and Suites – Virginia Beach, Virginia
10. Econo Lodge Newark International Airport – Elizabeth, New Jersey