The Worst Rated Motel In Each State

By molly atherton 4 months ago
You know those places where you walk in, and your gut instinct screams, "Turn around and run!" Well, we've scoured the highways and byways of every state in this great nation to bring you the most cringe-worthy, eyebrow-raising, and downright outrageous motels that have earned themselves the dubious title of "The Worst Rated Motel" in each state. From threadbare sheets that have seen better days to décor straight out of a '70s time capsule, we're leaving no polyester bedspread unturned in our quest for the shadiest stays. And trust us, folks, we've unearthed some real gems, or should we say, rusty relics? But hey, don't say we didn't warn you – this article might just make you appreciate the Ritz a little more or rethink that spontaneous road trip you've been daydreaming about. It's time to check-in to the "Oh-no-you-didn't Inn" and see just how bad things can get when a motel earns a one-star rating and a lifetime of infamy!

1. Washington, Polynesian Oceanfront Motel

The wort-rated motel in Washington is hands down the Polynesian Ocean Front Hotel. In fact, the reviews likened the motel to a drug den due to some of the contents found in the motel.
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And, the place was crawling with cockroaches, and the bed sheets were stained with BLOOD. It seems more like something you might find in a horror film doesn't it!?Original content sourced from

2. Mississippi, Town House Motel

If you're thinking about staying in the Town House Hotel...think again. In fact, in one of the reviews claims that would have rather slept in a car. Surely not?
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The place is rife with mold, the walls are cracked and stained and there are burns all over the sheets. Basically: STAY  AWAY AT ALL COSTS! Book something else!

3. Oakland, Jack London Inn

The Jack London Inn had a whole host of pleasantries to offer; everything was broke including the toilet which leaked every time it was flushed, the entire room smelled as such and the place was covered in a blanket of furry mold.
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Sounds like a health and safety nightmare really doesn't it? It's kind of amazing that places like this are even allowed to remain open as long as they have been!

4. Illinois, Midtown Inn

A motel with a manager who uses offensive and racist language is of COURSE going to be rated as the worst in the state...and deservedly so! Someone needs to get him replaced ASAP!
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As if this wasn't enough, the room was like something out of a horror movie; gross, dark and pretty terrifying. I could probably find hundreds of places better than in the local vicinity alone!

5. South Carolina, Motel Greenville

Okay so this motel actually locked its guests into their rooms, and they had to call to be let out when they wanted. Is this prison? Or are we paying for a room here?
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They also demanded that they paid in cash, but said that this could not be done out in the open as it was too dangerous so they had to go to the room to pay in secret...

6. Oregon, Parisian Hotel

One couple hands down claimed that this was THE most horrendous night they've ever spent...not exactly a glowing review. They stated that the whole place was noisy, there were dirty sheets and VERY thin walls
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And with screaming neighbours which made this night pretty unbearable, you can imagine why this place might have been rated as lowly as it has!

7. New York, World Motel

So be prepared if you ever step foot into World Motel because one reviewer actually complained of feces on the bed sheets. Ew. And, the rooms are so small that you can barely turn around and you feel trapped.
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Oh and not to mention it was littered with cockroaches too... probably not something that's going to fill people with too much confidence.

8. Pennsylvania, Pocono Plaza

Welcome to a world of bed bugs, shady goings-on and sketchy staff. The reviews of the last place must've been so back they had literally painted over it and stuck a new sign on top.
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They're not fooling anyone, this place sounds like a literal hell hole - no thank you! For those heading to Penn, you might want to reconsider booking this one!

9. Las Vegas, Siegal Slots and Suites

So this motel  has been aptly named the motel from Hell, by its many shocked and appalled reviewers who have nightmares reliving the nights they stayed here.
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People claimed to feel highly unsafe, and they were even exposed to things such as drugs, suicide, violence during their stay. Doesn't sound like the kind of place you'd take your kids!

10. New Mexico, The Super 8

The only thing certain when staying here is that there's nothing super about it. Guests have left disgusted reviews claiming that there are stains of vomit on the stairs and other suspiciously gross stains on the floors and the walls.
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Things are so bad here that one person wrote in to suggest the owners should serve time! That might be a step too far... but I've not visited the place so who knows!

11. Texas, Texan Motel

According to Globetrotter this is the worst motel EVER. And...if you don't want someone photocopying your credit card then I wouldn't recommend you stay here.
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The building is also rotting from the inside out and somebody was found dead here just a few weeks prior... surely that's enough to know you shouldn't stay here!

12. Florida, The Boulevard Motel Ocean Drive

Welcome to the motel of pain. One lady discovered a piece of glass in the bed which when she climbed unknowingly into bed, it stabbed her right in the butt and the ambulance actually had to be called out.
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Not exactly the way you want to start your so called holidays is it, having to have a shard of glass removed from your a**... never again I'd expect!

13. Nevada, The Clown Motel

Let's face it, it is even sounds like the worst motel. In what world would a clown hotel with clown covered walls every not be considered creepy - especially in a very run down and old environment,
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Even clown lovers would probably get a sprint on from this place! This deservedly received a 1/10 rating on its review and that might even be a little to high of a score!

14. Alaska, The Lakefront

Despite the romantic sounding name, this place is filthy. And when one man went to check in they had not only forgotten the reservation, but the next day they'd also forgot the breakfast booking.
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The poor guy had to wait an hour even to check in. And for what? A pretty ramshackle place? I'm sure he wished he'd decided to book something a little different!

15. California, Motel 6 Long Beach

This motel in Los Angeles lives up to its very seedy and not so great reputation. The bed was literally so dirty that when somebody removed the pillow, there were dirt lines left.
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And, somebody else heard X-rated movies being shot a few doors down from theirs. I suppose that's probably not the hotel's fault, but it would leave a sour taste that's for sure!

16. Hawaii, Ambassador Motel Waikiki

One person aqt the Ambassador Motel Waikiki was forced to pay for early check out 3 times due to miscommunication (or allegedly lying staff). I hope they managed to get some of their cash back!
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And for another person, when one of the staff came to help them get in the door - because the battery to the key card is flat - his laces were untied and his shoes hanging off so he was dragging them along the floor with his creased shirt unbuttoned. Oh, the perfect picture of professionalism...

17. Maine, Motel 6 Portland

Nobody wants to feel unsafe when they stay somewhere for a night, especially when they've paid for that room with some of their hard earned cash.
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But that's exactly how guests here feel, the Motel 6 Portland is super loud and located in a very sketchy location and it is completely dark and dingy.

18. Vermont, Mt Viger

So aside from the motel room being totally dark and depressing, one person also found vomit stains on the carpet. Just what you want to spot to feel safe and comfortable!
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Worst of all, these seemed to be avoidable ad the whole thing must've been so fresh that the stench still lingered in the air. Disgusting.

19. Miami, Boulevard Motel

To start, the rooms look like they've never seen a vacuum since the 1960s, never mind had any kind of renovation or re-upholstery done. That can't do anyone any good!
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The walls and extremely thin and in this very depressing environment the only thing to lure people in is the false promises of 2-4-1 cocktails.

20. Jersey, Econo Lodge Jersey City

The fact that the room was gross, the people who stayed here got no sleep because of the loud motel...none of this mattered. It was all made better by the free breakfast...
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But wait, that's a single mini and STALE doughnut. This motel deserves the reputation all of its own. At least give your guests some nice brekkie!

21. Idaho, Microtel Inn and Suites

For these people who stayed in the worst motel in Idaho, they experienced smoking neighbours whose fumes carried through the windows and walls.
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There was rude staff shouting at them and to add the cherry to the cake there was a blocked toilet with the remnants of a previous guest...oh, and bed bugs!

22. Tennessee, Pin Oak Parkway Inn

So when this man checked into his Pin Oak Parkway motel room, he found a present int he drawer of the last (we hope the last) guest's dirty briefs. Had anyone checked out the room?
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This made him delve deeper in to the hygiene and he found that nothing had been cleaned for weeks - at LEAST. Maybe the cleaners had a busy few weeks...

23. Delaware, Red Mill Inn

A woman entered the motel, then literally ran out of the room. And she flew right into some sticky tape with a collection of dead bugs caught in it which was pretty much the icing on the cake of her ordeal.
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Smoking was still allowed in the rooms too. The whole thing sounded pretty nightmarish and the rooms didn't really give the most pleasant aura!

24. North Dakota, Travel Inn Motel

According to the reviewers of the Travel Inn Motel, the carpets looked as thought they had never been cleaned before. In fact they were so thick with dirt that the actual colour was unidentifiable.
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And that's not where the dirt ended, the beds and towels were also filthy and brown. So the visitors weren't even able to really get themselves clean in the end either.

25. Utah, Woonsocket Moor Motel

The fridge of Woonsocket Moor Motel hadn't been cleaned inside or outside, and there was a strange dark substance leaking from it which was either some problem with the fridge or it was to do with the old drinks that had been left there.
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The worst of all, staff referred to the room as something pretty inappropriately sexual. I wonder what it was they decided to call it?

26. Detroit, Viking Motel

Viking Motel sounds about right, because perhaps that's the last time it was cleaned. The towel stains were extremely suspicious and these weren't stubborn stains which had been cleaned and wouldn't remove.
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No, these were fresh from the previous lot of guests, or who knows maybe the guests before them. Just get some fresh stock out for the new people right!?

27. Montana, Red Lion Inn & Suites Inn

So this was hands down the worst motel in Montana. One person claimed that it was the worst place that they had ever visited. And one person actually found LIVE ammunition in their room.
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The common theme of all these reviews was that it would be more prudent to stay in your car, or even as far away from the motel as you can get yourself!

28. Nebraska, Rodeway Inn

Cigarette burns on the bed with trails of ash, a leaking toilet, a bag of rubbish left in the room of the motel. This is exactly what guests experienced at the Rodeway Inn, Nebraska.
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This motel should be deemed a health hazard. THE worst motel in the state by quite a long way, so you might want to reconsider this place.

29. Ohio, Motel 6 Dayton

A pool perfect! Apart from the pool is used as a giant trash can, which more than a little bit takes away the appeal of having your room face right onto it.
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There were also holes in the bed, black marks on the carpet and (to no surprise) no cleaning available. There seems to be a running theme here...

30. Michigan, Clair Inn

You step into your motel room and you're greeted with thick smells of smoke and other unsanitary smells. Then, you ask questions to the staff and they are completely rude and pretend that it is the guests with the problem.
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The place had definitely been last touched in the 70s and visitors are often left feeling a little worse for wear after staying here...

31. Georgia, Motel Travel Atlanta

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The motel itself was bad, let's make that quite clear. But the worse fact was the extremely dangerous area in which it was located. Guests were too scared to leave their rooms after sundown and had to wait until the morning to leave. In fact some refused to check in for the night because it was dark.

32. Colorado, Hometown Motel Studios

Colorado's worst motel award goes too...Hometown Motel Studios! It's all down to the fact that it was full of trash and the staff were desperately rude to the visitors.
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And they wouldn't even allow them more than the third of toilet paper they had been given...even on day two! Surely that can't be allowed right?

33. Indiana, Motel Seymour

At Motel Seymour, Indiana there were no smoke alarms in the rooms making the experience a complete health and safety nightmare and fire hazard.
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And, people were outside banging doors all night arguing which according to the reviews seems like a very common occurence. Maybe not in the nicest places of all.

34. Kentucky, Motel Inn

Motel Inn in Kentucky seemed like a typical motel from one of those horror movies that you'd never actually like to stay yourself. And, the broken air was con sticking into one half of the beds of a woman who recently stayed there.
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She also said the whole things was a huge fire hazard, so there's probably a few steps the place should be considering getting fixed as soon as they can.

35. Connecticut, America's Best Value Inn Wethersfield Hartford

One story from a lady staying at the motel was that 'someone woke me up banging on the door in the morning saying that I had to let house keeping in.
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The rude staff seemed intent upon insulting me and shouting at me whenever I asked a question. Never stay here!' I think we've all got the message there...

36. Oklahoma, Trade Winds Motel

At Trade Winds Motel standards were also shockingly low. The ceiling was literally falling down, none of the doors would actually shut properly and some of the door handles had fully snapped off.
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And to top it off, guests woke up itching all over which must have been because the place was rife with bedbugs. Another thing that seems to be all too common in these motels.

37. West Virginia, Heritage Motel

Various guests at the Heritage Motel have entered into the establishment, before quickly deciding that they'd rather lose the money and not stay here than have to endure the night.
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There are broken windows and bed bugs visibly crawling all over the beds and walls. So it doesn't look like the visitors here would be so safe!

38. Maryland, Cabana Motel

Somebody claimed that they woke up to a flooded floor. And, when they alerted the staff, they would not allow them into a new room and they either had to stay or leave without a refund.
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There was also rotting food that had been left in the fridge from goodness knows when. Surely someone had to have checked the fridge between visitors checking out and in!?

39. Rhode Island, Woonsocket Motor Inn

Picture: black mold all over the shower and the walls, including the ceiling, under the bed was full of trash including cigarette butts, the dirty towels had clearly been used previously and not been replaced.
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It sounds like the place was literally rotting from inside out and to be honest, it kind of looks like it might be rotting just as much!

40. North Carolina, Raleigh Inn

At the Raleigh Inn, North Carolina you could stay for a month but they're still never replenish your towels or give the room a once over.
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You have to bring your own supplies, including soap and towels. In fact, it would be best to bring the entire room if possible, or just book something else if possible!

41. Minnesota, Snelling Motel

So the Snelling Motel has some extremely unusual guest rules where they are not allowed to have any visitors, or even allowed to make or receive more than one call a day in the room!
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Aside from these very suspiciously strange rules, there were also questionable items left around the room. Things you definitely DO NOT want to be touching!

42. Iowa, Days Inn Merle Haye

At Days Inn Merle Haye you are welcomed by the sound of loud, banging music, the smell of illegal substances in the building and signs of drug use in the building.
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There are also faint smells of urine coming up from the mattress area. Whatever you do...stay away and keep off the urine stained mattresses!

43. Massachusetts, Shangri La Motel

So one woman wrote in to say that 'the reception desk literally yelled at us as soon as we arrived and every time we asked something.
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There were coils breaking through the mattress sticking right in your back. In fact the floor was much more appealing - well it could have been had it been cleaned properly.'

44. Arizona, Payless Inn

At the Payless Inn the facilities themselves were absolutely disgusting, and the rooms provided one single wash cloth to be used for a towel.
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The bath was filled with dirty water which looked like it had been there at least for a few months. And, it was located in a terrifying neighbourhood.

45. New Hampshire, Motel Highway Dial

At the Motel Highway Dial, manager called one guests, word for word 'an idiot'. The while place feels very unsafe for people staying there and one person claimed that the door be opened without a key.
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Another person had found food all over the room and had never managed to stay the night. To be honest I don't think anyone could even blame them.

46. Wyoming, Motel Rock Springs

So this person had to go with their dog somewhere pet friendly. Yet, they certainly didn't expect to find a flea ridden, and someone's old socks in my room,
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And there was even a lock that took 5 minutes to work to be able to get in or out of the bedroom. Because you'd definitely need a quicker exit out of that place!

47. Kansas, Motel Topeka Northwest

You know things are bad when the guests staying here left at 3 am in a hurry to escape the place because it was so loud, nobody could sleep.
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And, the toilet was surrounded by flies which is never a good sign or a sign that the toilet has been cleaned in weeks. Nice and hygienic huh?

48. Alabama, Green Bay Motel

In one man's room he had requested the more expensive option of a double bed rather than a single. But he was surprised to see what he did...
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They used two single sheets to cover the double bed, which definitely isn't the worst thing, but on a scale of shoddy to professional it's definitely scraping the bottom.

49. Louisiana, Midtown Motel

At Midtown Motel in Louisiana there were absolutely no lights in the room and guests that had to turn to burning matches and phone lighting.
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They also witnessed drug deals during their stay and claimed that the staff were smoking drugs on the premises and even whilst on duty.

50. Wisconsin, Great Northern Motel

The overarching theme of reviews of Wisconsin's Great Northern Motel is that it should be shut down by the health department. In fact, the guests didn't even trust the breakfast enough to eat it.
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They actually avoided it in order to not make themselves sick with food poisoning. They definitely would have gone and grabbed some food a little further out right?