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Dirtiest Hotel in US – NYC's Carter – To Get Clean Start After Sale

By    |   Friday, 06 Jun 2014 07:12 AM

The Times Square hotel named the Dirtiest Hotel in America is on its way to new ownership and a clean start as a bidding war for the property comes to a close.

The Hotel Carter, located on 43rd Street in the heart of Manhattan, is expected to draw around $180 million after receiving over 25 bids, NBC News reported. It houses a massive 600 rooms, and even being consistently reviewed on travel sites as downright filthy, the location still fetches $100-$200 a night per room. 

"It's the dirtiest, and best located hotel in New York City," Lawrence Wolfe, the seller's broker, said Tuesday. "It was under-managed and neglected."

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TripAdvisor.com dubbed the Hotel Carter the "dirtiest" hotel in America not once but three times. In a 2005 press release it stated, "Five of the ten dirtiest hotels are in the Big Apple, and the overall dirtiest, according to TripAdvisor travelers, is New York City's Hotel Carter." The Carter "won" again in 2008 and 2009 before TripAdvisor decided to discontinue the contest, perhaps sensing that the reigning champ could never be defeated.

The Hotel was opened in 1930 at the Hotel Dixie, and The New York Times reported in January that it was owned by Vietnamese businessman Tran Dinh Truong from 1977 until his death in 2012.

After Truong's passing, the hotel was assigned a temporary administrator by the city, Stanley Parness, a former judge.

John J. Cruz of GF Management took over the Carter in April of 2013, and set to work on getting 15 outstanding building code violations in order.

As the subject of a 2005 profile piece in The New York Times, the bug-infested Hotel Carter was given a scathing review, and highlight just some of the challenges Cruz faced.

"As a guest of the Hotel Carter, you may or may not have your room cleaned. You may or may not find the multicolored, multipatterned carpet on the floor and the walls agreeable. You may or may not have a working television and telephone. You may or may not have a smooth check-in, since the front desk keeps track of reservations without the benefit of a computer system."

Wolfe said that upon the completion of the hotel's sale, it will undergo a $100-$125 million renovation, bringing the building up to the standards of post-Giuliani New York.

Well, almost.

He also said that the street-level strip club that pays $1 million a year in rent will remain fully intact, maintaining some of the old New York grit.

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