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The 15 Ugliest Hotels In The World

Mon, Mar 21, 2011

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This weekend I spent the night at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  It was one of the most beautiful hotels I’d ever been in. But  not every hotel is as fortunate. In fact, some hotels are down right ugly.

It’s not often that we discover hotels with a design so terrible it makes us wonder what the hell they were thinking, but we’ve managed to find 15 of the most hideous hotels on the planet.

There’s really no “winner” with a list like this, so we’ve simply listed them in alphabetical order.

Beetham Tower Hilton – Manchester, UK


Wait, this is the finished product?  They’re not going to install windows in all the spots where they seem to be missing?  Or cover up those nasty stripes with a uniform paint color?  Or align the top of the building with the foundation so it doesn’t look like it’ll fall off?  This is a hotel, not a giant Jenga puzzle, right?

Coral Hotel Muscat – Oman


Aladdin would be ashamed by this hotel.  We get that the Coral Hotel Muscat is going for that Arabian Nights vibe, but it looks like the entrance to a flying carpet theme park ride.  Once we found out this was a Best Western hotel, the tackiness made more sense, but it’s still not a good excuse.

El Algarrobico Hotel – Spain


This isn’t just a hideous hotel, it’s also an environmental disaster.  When the government found out the hotel was being illegally built on a protected coastline, they stopped construction and demanded it be demolished.  But the owners say it’s literally impossible to blow up the hotel because 65,000 cubic meters of concrete are implanted into the hillside. So for right now, the hotel isn’t functional and only stands as a testament to poor design. Luckily it’s in the middle of nowhere so no one has to see this thing.  It’s just a shame it ‘s located on a beach in Spain and not Japan.

First World Hotel – Malaysia


The First World Hotel — which is really an inaccurate name considering it’s located in a third world country — has the honor of being one of the largest hotels in the world AND one of the ugliest.  It’s a family-friendly hotel, so we get that it should be bright and colorful, but it looks like a bunch of kids on a sugar high painted this place.  Either that or it was painted by adults on an acid trip.  Hopefully they provide sunglasses to hotel guests at check-in because this thing is painful to look at it.

Grand Lisboa – Macau


Is the Grand Lisboa striking?  Yeah… strikingly ugly.  If the goal of the architects was to design a building that looks like a pissed off flower, they succeeded.  This gaudy monstrosity has no coherent theme; the round dome is a completely different texture than the building with the spiky points.  And those reflective gold windows are not just an eyesore, they could be a weapon, like a giant magnifying glass that melts humans.  Oh, and you know how big hotels always have some random attraction to lure in tourists?  Well this place is home to the “largest cushion shaped internally flawless D-color diamond in the world.”  What the hell does that even mean?  Sounds like B.S. title to us. Do they also have the largest collection of breadcrumbs inside a commercial toaster? Because that’s something worth bragging about.

Holiday Inn – Sarajevo


In America, we know Holiday Inn for its neutral design.  In Sarajevo, they know Holiday Inn as that butt ugly, bright yellow building that looks like something out of an old 8-bit video game.  Maybe they designed it that way to add some color to a drab city, but we’re pretty sure their only guest is Pac Man.

Hotel Unique – Sao Paulo, Brazil


We can’t tell if the Hotel Unique is supposed to look like a ship or if it’s just a modern art piece gone wrong. In any event, it’s just boring to look at. Hang tiny models of this hotel in a nursery mural and that baby will be asleep in no time.

Imperial Palace – Las Vegas


Imperial Palace is by far the ugliest hotel in Las Vegas.  Thankfully, Vegas abandoned the idea of tacky theme hotels that were popular in the ’80′s and ’90′s and has since gone for more contemporary designs, but who in the world thought a hotel designed like a Chinese temple was ever a good idea?  We’ve seen Asian people walk by this dump and laugh.  It’s cheesy design is beyond ghetto, and even though you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, this is one ugly cover that perfectly represents its craptacular interior.  The only thing stopping this place from being demolished is the $19 rooms, but we’d rather stay somewhere more expensive because we’d have to drink $100 worth of alcohol just to forget we’re staying here.

Inntel Hotel Zaandam – Amsterdam


What the…?  Okay, this hotel is proof that everyone in Amsterdam is high.  It’s like the designers plucked a bunch of houses from the Dutch countryside, stacked them on top of each other without consideration for uniformity, and covered the entire structure in a coating of split pea soup.  If you look at it from afar, it looks more like a Lego construction than a hotel.

MGM Grand Macau – Macau


Seriously, what is it with Macau and these ugly, flamboyant hotels?  This one might even be worse than the Grand Lisboa because of what it symbolizes.  Clearly this building  represents the caste system: the lower-class people stay on the lowest “bronze” level, the middle-class stay in “silver” and the rich people are on top in the “gold” section.  It’s kind of like the Olympic podium of economics.

Rin Grand Hotel – Bucharest, Romania

You’d think the largest hotel in Europe would look a little better than this.  Even though the hotel was built in 2008, it looks like it comes from an era 20 years prior, leaving us to wonder if the designers were referencing outdated textbooks on modern architecture when they conceived this ugly thing — Romania is behind but they shouldn’t be that far behind.  At best, the hotel resembles a minimum security prison.  At worst, it still resembles minimum security prison.  Look at all those windows with views of… other windows. And we can’t figure out what’s going on with the tan paint job.  It’s not like Bucharest is really known for southwestern color schemes.

Ryugyong Hotel – North Korea


The Ryugyong Hotel is widely considered “the worst building in the world” and it’s definitely one of the ugliest.  The government planned on it being the tallest hotel in the world in the 1980′s — which seems counter-intuitive since the whole country is poor and most foreigners can’t even enter North Korea — but construction stopped in 1987 when they ran out of money.  It was left alone for 16 years with no windows and a rusting crane on top until construction resumed a couple of years ago.  But they don’t think it’ll be open until 2012 (which in North Korean speak means 2092).  They’re still hoping to build FIVE revolving restaurants — we must have forgotten how picturesque the North Korean skyline is — but we think the building really doubles as a missile launcher.  How else could you explain that terrible design?

Son Of Heaven Hotel – China


Would you want to stay in a hotel that looks like three giant Chinese nutcracker dolls?  Turns out the three wise-looking dudes are the gods of fortune, prosperity and longevity, which sounds like the perfect hotel for Spock.  That peach that the guy on the left is holding is actually a suite — get it?  Sweet fruit, suite hotel room?  Ha ha, funny funny? — and all those red circles are actually windows, which seems like a creative way to the bar the windows without making it look like a prison.  Despite all its cleverness, however, this hotel is still intimidating and terrifying.

The Standard Hotel – New York City


No, that isn’t a picture of communist-era East Germany.  That’s actually a “modern” hotel that only opened a few years ago in New York City.  The Standard is a chain of hotels that appeal to young, hip people with its “chic” design, but when did the look of poverty become chic?  We don’t recall the projects ever being a fashion statement.  Even worse is that railroad tracks run right underneath the building.  We know the guests are probably too busy partying all night to notice, but when they’re trying to recover from a hangover the next day, they don’t want a train rumbling through the hotel.

Westin Times Square – New York City


We’re not exactly sure what’s going on here.  Maybe the design is supposed to represent the diversity of New York… or maybe the designers just couldn’t settle on one idea and combined them all into this mishmash of colors and shapes.  The hotel itself actually seems pretty cool — some of the rooms come with Mac computers and iPads — but it sticks out like a sore thumb.  Which might not be a bad thing in a city where most buildings look the same.

We’ve all got different tastes so let us know if we’re way off base in the comments. And while you’re at it, tell us about some of the ugliest hotels you’ve ever seen.

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30 Responses to “The 15 Ugliest Hotels In The World”

  1. Collin says:

    Is this person who compiled this article really serious? Or have they just not traveled the world to see what a proper “ugly” hotel looks like? Id say bar one or two legitimate ugly ones the majority are architecturally different or creative, ie they were designed that way on purpose.

  2. Jetpacker says:

    Collin, a list of the ugliest hotels in the world is a VERY serious matter. Someone could break an eyeball looking at these monstrosities. And that would be unfortunate.

  3. Hahahaha This is classical !!! The China one blows my mind ! I think the Amsterdam one is kinda cool. The Spain one is huge and extremely UGLY !

  4. Rica says:

    This cracked me up! That China hotel looks silly but I would love to stay in that hotel for experience’s sake. The trash outside my house looks better than that hotel in Spain hahaha

  5. AttilaTheFun says:

    Just a note – there are OLD train tracks running under the Standard, but there are no longer trains running on them. The elevated rails have been converted to a public park.

  6. Ari K says:

    I think the Imperial Palace and Algarrobico Hotel are the only objectively ugly ones here. There rest of them, while perhaps not appealing to all individuals’ or contemporary societies’ senses of beauty, at least appeal to those who find beauty in novelty. Although, come to think of it, if one finds beauty in ugliness, that pretty much makes all the hotels that are generally considered ugly into beautiful hotels.

  7. iRack says:

    Excalibur in Las Vegas should have been on the list.

  8. roofing sheets says:

    for the guy who posted last night re the cost of steel sheet ,it realy depends where you go to buy it, z45 is around seven forty pounds per metric ton ans standard is around £650 per ton- hope this helps

  9. theNINJA says:

    The really colourful hotel – First World – is located in Malaysia, isn’t it? Malaysia isn’t a third world country! Get your facts right!

  10. over there says:

    Very familiar with the Holiday Inn in Sarajevo. Note the concrete clitoral hood on the corner of the building. It really adds to the ambiance.

  11. Vivienne says:

    LOL! A very provocative article but I enjoyed reading it. The First World Hotel is rather garish, I admit, but it’s built at the Genting Resort Theme Park so I suppose they are trying to keep it in “character”. The three wise guys hotel in China was way funny … I wanna stay there!

  12. Hotel architecture is designed with a purpose but a hotel must be designed in a way that gives comfort to your eyes.

  13. Vikram Malik says:

    I am not Malaysian – I am Indian, but I can assure you that while my own country is certainly Third World, Malaysia is by no means a Third World country!

  14. Pia says:

    Ok, the standard hotel is one of the finest hotels. It doesn’t have a rail line running under it as you suggested. It is an abandoned rail line which served the old meat packing district, and since long has been converted into the finest pieces of urban landscapes found in America. And you obviously haven’t seen a photograph of the hotel at sunset, when it’s reflecting the mauve sky over the new York harbour!

  15. Lee says:

    I am a Malaysian. I find it very insulting for you to just post this kind of article and say that Malaysia is a third world country. Who do u really think you are?

  16. Angela says:

    The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam/Amsterdam is actually very modern & stylish, even if the exterior doesn’t reflect it. Plus, their beds are soo comfortable!

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  18. Aleks says:

    Dear author for your whole light I wish you long boring stays at flat square boring hotels that you can hardly distinguish from any other building. People like you are not able to create anything extraodinary themselves, only point at others.

  19. Shah Jehan says:

    The colorful hotel located in Malaysian soil shouldn’t be on the list.ok,it don’t look classy but it shouldn’t be dismissed as pretty ugly. I totally agree with theNINJA and Vikram Malik,Malaysia is not a third world country. Again,get your facts right!

  20. alan says:

    There are no railroad tracks that run under the Standard hotel in New York. The tracks were converted to the highline park. They do have a room that directly looks onto the park and have hired people to have sex in the room for publicity.

    And I love the 3 men hotel in China !

  21. TProphet says:

    Malaysia may not be a third world country, but it’s definitely not a first world country either. Any country where the majority of the population is poor, which has Sharia law, where you can’t drink the water, where books are banned and where corruption and bureaucracy are both rife cannot be considered First World. Malaysia’s miniscule neighbor Singapore has a GDP nearly 50% larger than Malaysia. Face it, Malaysians, you lag both China and India in development and look favorable only compared to Indonesia. The reality of your country is not the slick downtown of KL or the technology districts of Penang, it’s more like the informal shack settlements on the outskirts of JB.

  22. SProphet says:

    Malaysia is still classified under third world to take advantage of it. But be frank we all know that it is not Third world nor first world. Maybe it is ” 1.99 world“ to be precise.ha ha :-) .why?

    because is hard to be call 3rd world when you have an airport nicer than Changi Airport (Singapore) and a proper F1track than the Marina Bay Road(always crashed)

    . Also..those in rural area “poor farmer” with no LV bag from Orchard road are not poor. Because their estate land yield passively USD300per ton per month without working. (Contractor will harvest and split profit) why you think they are lazy and so free everyday drinking tea and coffee?

    Stop label others by the brand of their bag or watches they carry( rich or poor by Singapore Standard) just live your life freely. I WANT OUT OF SINGAPORE. IT SUCKS..

  23. Mike Tan says:

    In a world where much is relative, Malaysia is slipping in the rankings. More significantly, when a gigantic country moves ahead of Malaysia, 1.3b people moves past 28m.

    If you remove the bright colours of First World Hotel, it will look very drab because it is old. While a new St. Regis and W is being constructed in KL, other big names are conspiciously absent from Malaysia.

    Take the case of Sheraton. The Sheraton Imperial in KL is old and drab while the latest and largest Sheraton in Macau Cotai is a true giant. Face it, Malaysia is slipping behind.

    And the best hotels in Malaysia are no match for the average hotels in Bangkok.

    The author of this article likely intends for it to be read with a little humour.

    If some Malaysians are feeling defensive, perhaps they can take their business elsewhere, poke there head in the ground and think that Malaysia is heaven-on-earth.

    Cheers.

  24. F Mike Tan says:

    This article is suppose to be a humuor for fun reading, yes The First World hotel is ugly and the name First world is funny.( laugh)

    Not to frustrate other readers and those who do not understand.I would like to extend a clarification herewith as following :

    1.00 the hotel owner will already expand their business to e Resort world in Singaporewithbthe same design theme!! Please mark that as also an Ungly (laugh)

    2.00 The fact that Malaysia is not a third world nor a first world country is undinieable. And Malaysia is working hard towards a developed nation where now the democratic society is in forming, so being a good will people please wish them success rather than sabotage just merely of bad will.

    3.00 Singaporean proud arrogancy always ignored the neighbour nation feeling is the cause of this debate, lack of care and a super shallow materialistic lifestyle (1000sqft HDB flat will make you sick and make you seek comfort by your Sub_class LV bag -(another laugh)

    Hey..just laugh.. it feel good. I really enjoy reading these ugly hotel list. Ha ha ha..

  25. Jane says:

    Yes.. I agree with Mike

    Malaysian if feel like..please move your business elsewhere..

    (The first world hotel owner has moved their another ugly hotel to Singapore Resort World and there is also an ugly fish lion monster statue that will piss // pit on you)

    Cheers..

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    1. Collin says:

      Is this person who compiled this article really serious? Or have they just not traveled the world to see what a proper “ugly” hotel looks like? Id say bar one or two legitimate ugly ones the majority are architecturally different or creative, ie they were designed that way on purpose.

    2. Jetpacker says:

      Collin, a list of the ugliest hotels in the world is a VERY serious matter. Someone could break an eyeball looking at these monstrosities. And that would be unfortunate.

    3. Hahahaha This is classical !!! The China one blows my mind ! I think the Amsterdam one is kinda cool. The Spain one is huge and extremely UGLY !

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      This cracked me up! That China hotel looks silly but I would love to stay in that hotel for experience’s sake. The trash outside my house looks better than that hotel in Spain hahaha

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    8. AttilaTheFun says:

      Just a note – there are OLD train tracks running under the Standard, but there are no longer trains running on them. The elevated rails have been converted to a public park.

    9. Ari K says:

      I think the Imperial Palace and Algarrobico Hotel are the only objectively ugly ones here. There rest of them, while perhaps not appealing to all individuals’ or contemporary societies’ senses of beauty, at least appeal to those who find beauty in novelty. Although, come to think of it, if one finds beauty in ugliness, that pretty much makes all the hotels that are generally considered ugly into beautiful hotels.

    10. iRack says:

      Excalibur in Las Vegas should have been on the list.

    11. roofing sheets says:

      for the guy who posted last night re the cost of steel sheet ,it realy depends where you go to buy it, z45 is around seven forty pounds per metric ton ans standard is around £650 per ton- hope this helps

    12. theNINJA says:

      The really colourful hotel – First World – is located in Malaysia, isn’t it? Malaysia isn’t a third world country! Get your facts right!

    13. over there says:

      Very familiar with the Holiday Inn in Sarajevo. Note the concrete clitoral hood on the corner of the building. It really adds to the ambiance.

    14. Vivienne says:

      LOL! A very provocative article but I enjoyed reading it. The First World Hotel is rather garish, I admit, but it’s built at the Genting Resort Theme Park so I suppose they are trying to keep it in “character”. The three wise guys hotel in China was way funny … I wanna stay there!

    15. Hotel architecture is designed with a purpose but a hotel must be designed in a way that gives comfort to your eyes.

    16. Vikram Malik says:

      I am not Malaysian – I am Indian, but I can assure you that while my own country is certainly Third World, Malaysia is by no means a Third World country!

    17. Pia says:

      Ok, the standard hotel is one of the finest hotels. It doesn’t have a rail line running under it as you suggested. It is an abandoned rail line which served the old meat packing district, and since long has been converted into the finest pieces of urban landscapes found in America. And you obviously haven’t seen a photograph of the hotel at sunset, when it’s reflecting the mauve sky over the new York harbour!

    18. Lee says:

      I am a Malaysian. I find it very insulting for you to just post this kind of article and say that Malaysia is a third world country. Who do u really think you are?

    19. Angela says:

      The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam/Amsterdam is actually very modern & stylish, even if the exterior doesn’t reflect it. Plus, their beds are soo comfortable!

    20. indigo hotel says:

      Terrific work! This is the type of info that are supposed to be shared around
      the net. Shame on Google for not positioning this put up higher!

      Come on over and discuss with my site . Thanks =)

    21. Aleks says:

      Dear author for your whole light I wish you long boring stays at flat square boring hotels that you can hardly distinguish from any other building. People like you are not able to create anything extraodinary themselves, only point at others.

    22. Shah Jehan says:

      The colorful hotel located in Malaysian soil shouldn’t be on the list.ok,it don’t look classy but it shouldn’t be dismissed as pretty ugly. I totally agree with theNINJA and Vikram Malik,Malaysia is not a third world country. Again,get your facts right!

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    24. alan says:

      There are no railroad tracks that run under the Standard hotel in New York. The tracks were converted to the highline park. They do have a room that directly looks onto the park and have hired people to have sex in the room for publicity.

      And I love the 3 men hotel in China !

    25. TProphet says:

      Malaysia may not be a third world country, but it’s definitely not a first world country either. Any country where the majority of the population is poor, which has Sharia law, where you can’t drink the water, where books are banned and where corruption and bureaucracy are both rife cannot be considered First World. Malaysia’s miniscule neighbor Singapore has a GDP nearly 50% larger than Malaysia. Face it, Malaysians, you lag both China and India in development and look favorable only compared to Indonesia. The reality of your country is not the slick downtown of KL or the technology districts of Penang, it’s more like the informal shack settlements on the outskirts of JB.

    26. SProphet says:

      Malaysia is still classified under third world to take advantage of it. But be frank we all know that it is not Third world nor first world. Maybe it is ” 1.99 world“ to be precise.ha ha :-) .why?

      because is hard to be call 3rd world when you have an airport nicer than Changi Airport (Singapore) and a proper F1track than the Marina Bay Road(always crashed)

      . Also..those in rural area “poor farmer” with no LV bag from Orchard road are not poor. Because their estate land yield passively USD300per ton per month without working. (Contractor will harvest and split profit) why you think they are lazy and so free everyday drinking tea and coffee?

      Stop label others by the brand of their bag or watches they carry( rich or poor by Singapore Standard) just live your life freely. I WANT OUT OF SINGAPORE. IT SUCKS..

    27. Mike Tan says:

      In a world where much is relative, Malaysia is slipping in the rankings. More significantly, when a gigantic country moves ahead of Malaysia, 1.3b people moves past 28m.

      If you remove the bright colours of First World Hotel, it will look very drab because it is old. While a new St. Regis and W is being constructed in KL, other big names are conspiciously absent from Malaysia.

      Take the case of Sheraton. The Sheraton Imperial in KL is old and drab while the latest and largest Sheraton in Macau Cotai is a true giant. Face it, Malaysia is slipping behind.

      And the best hotels in Malaysia are no match for the average hotels in Bangkok.

      The author of this article likely intends for it to be read with a little humour.

      If some Malaysians are feeling defensive, perhaps they can take their business elsewhere, poke there head in the ground and think that Malaysia is heaven-on-earth.

      Cheers.

    28. F Mike Tan says:

      This article is suppose to be a humuor for fun reading, yes The First World hotel is ugly and the name First world is funny.( laugh)

      Not to frustrate other readers and those who do not understand.I would like to extend a clarification herewith as following :

      1.00 the hotel owner will already expand their business to e Resort world in Singaporewithbthe same design theme!! Please mark that as also an Ungly (laugh)

      2.00 The fact that Malaysia is not a third world nor a first world country is undinieable. And Malaysia is working hard towards a developed nation where now the democratic society is in forming, so being a good will people please wish them success rather than sabotage just merely of bad will.

      3.00 Singaporean proud arrogancy always ignored the neighbour nation feeling is the cause of this debate, lack of care and a super shallow materialistic lifestyle (1000sqft HDB flat will make you sick and make you seek comfort by your Sub_class LV bag -(another laugh)

      Hey..just laugh.. it feel good. I really enjoy reading these ugly hotel list. Ha ha ha..

    29. Jane says:

      Yes.. I agree with Mike

      Malaysian if feel like..please move your business elsewhere..

      (The first world hotel owner has moved their another ugly hotel to Singapore Resort World and there is also an ugly fish lion monster statue that will piss // pit on you)

      Cheers..

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