Times Square hotel deemed “dirtiest in NYC” may fetch $100M

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – It won the dubious award of the dirtiest hotel in New York City and one of the top-5 dirtiest in the nation, but now it may be sold for millions.

The Hotel Carter was deemed “dirtiest in the city” in a Trip Advisor poll, but now it may change hands for roughly $100,000,000,

How is that possible?  In November of 2012, a Manhattan court placed the notorious hotel in the hands of a surrogate, a former state judge named Stanley Parness, according to DNAinfo.com.  The move came after the former owner, an eccentric Vietnamese businessman named Truong Dinh Tran, died, and a string of legal squabbles ensued between Tran’s mistresses.  In court papers, the property was valued at nine figures due to the hotel’s size, location, and lack of debt.

The Carter is beloved and reviled depending on the person, and Tripadvisor.com has some scathing reviews that bordering on the hilarious — along with others praising the price and location:

One Irish visitor identified as Barry posted a review titled “cheap great location, possibly bad for your health.”  He wrote, “found a needle in a room with the tv on and a pillow still propped up but still it’s nyc and all part of it. great place to stay if u wanna get drunk with your friends and not care abt noise…….some halls remind of the film the shining…….lifts sometimes worked,card for door sometimes worked…..”

At $99 per night, the deal and location make up for the less-than-spectacular decor for other visitors.

UK traveler under the name johnnyechoecho praised the central location and cheap price, writing, “The concept of hot water is a theoretical idea, but if you want an authentic 1950`s feel, the Hotel Carter is for you! I stayed there twice for two nights each time, in May and June 2012. Surprisingly quite. I stayed on the seventh floor both times. I will definitely stay again next time I’m in NYC.”