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A South African hotel has claimed the second place in the popular review sites list of Top 25 Hotels in the World for 2013.

Travelling means a chance to experience and see different people, cultures, hotels and cuisine. The power of the Internet and social  media means that readers now have the opportunity to share those experiences, good or bad, with their near and dear as well as fellow travellers.  Writing a review is quick and easy. It helps fellow travellers avoid any pitfalls as well  discover new experiences and destinations to add to their travel list.

It also ensures service providers up their offering again and again - which is pretty much what these reviews are about. Take a look at this list rounded up by Smarter Travel. Have any experiences you want to share? Email News24 Travel on or tell us about it in the comments section below.

"Like It Was Set Up by Saturday Night Live or The Onion"

"Definitely the worst airline ever…almost like it was set up by Saturday Night Live or The Onion just to see how low one could go.

They exist only to frustrate, infuriate, demean, and price gouge the customers, while providing a level of service that cannot be matched even by the Eastern European airlines of the '70s.

Definitely skip this one EVERY TIME, and opt for the ones that may seem more expensive on paper. Trust me, once you pay up all of Spirit's added fees, you will be wishing you bought a ticket on a legitimate carrier." — Spirit Airlines,  reviewed by Alex A on Yelp

 “I Knew You Would Not Change the Sheets"

"I stayed at the Royal British Hotel. When I went to my room, I went to fill the kettle up and heard a rattle, and there was a 1p coin found in the kettle. I sorted that problem out and filled up the kettle, and when I turned my cup up the right way I found another penny on the saucer. When I went to put on the TV with the remote, I found that there were no batteries in it. Later on that night, as I pulled back the sheets to get into bed, I found a note in my bed saying, 'HA! HA! I knew you would not change the sheets.' I would not stay here again as it was not worth the 98.50 pounds … including the breakfast, which was nice apart from being covered in FAT."

— Royal British Hotel, Reviewed by lazytownLutonEngland on TripAdvisor

"The Cheapest Way to Commit Suicide"


"Probably the cheapest way to commit suicide. Some of their drivers don't even have a valid driver's license. I don't understand how they are allowed to operate."

—Fung Wah Bus, Reviewed by S G on Yelp

"I Have Carried This with Me for At Least 10 Years"

"Not a good review, sorry, but I have carried this with me for at least 10 years. When ordering coffee at the Eiffel Tower I noticed my cup was half full. I asked if it could be topped up when a sullen waitress did it under duress and handed it to me, bashing it on the counter, saying, 'No more!' I was mortified that one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world could treat customers that way."

—Eiffel Tower, Reviewed by Claudia W on TripAdvisor

“Proceed at Your Own Risk”

"OK, the pyramids are impressive and worth seeing. But, when we went to see them earlier this month, our car was hit three times by young guys trying to block the road up to the pyramids. Some guys tried stepping in front of our car to block the way. Our driver nicely misinformed us that they were very keen to show us around (although a couple of them had sticks and their expressions were angry). Thank goodness we had not decided to visit the pyramids on foot, from the Hotel Movenpick where we were staying nearby—it would have resulted in us getting accosted or robbed or beaten up. At the pyramids themselves, the sellers and hawkers were like flies to honey, it was hard to shake them off, and [they tried] every trick in the book in order to cheat and deceive us.

I would strongly advise giving the pyramids, and Cairo, a miss. I would not be surprised if [Cairo] has worse civil unrest in the future. This visit to the pyramids was like night and day compared to a couple years ago. Proceed at your own risk!"

—Pyramids of Giza, Reviewed by Antares2010 on TripAdvisor

“Actual Chunk of Poop on My Bedspread"

"For the price I paid to stay on New York's Upper West Side, I was surprised it wasn't worse. The room smelled like armpits and years of filth, but there weren't any creepy-crawlies, and I found the staff to be most gracious and helpful.

I could have done without the blood-stained mattress and the (actual) chunk of poop on my bedspread, but I didn't expect the Hilton.

Overall, in a pinch (or if I couldn't afford better, as was the case this time) I would stay there again. They were quite happy to give me new bedspreads when I reported the poop."

—Sky Hostel, Reviewed by luckynewkitty on TripAdvisor

"Porn Activities That I Have Never Seen in My Life"


"Oh my goodness—this place was a disaster! I can't believe it still exists. I have traveled in third-world countries with bare lightbulbs and hole-in-floor toilets but they were better than this place! I saw cockroaches everywhere—in the refrigerator, bathroom floor and walls, in the bed, one ran across my face! I sat up all night with the light on to try to keep them away and still remember the absurd choices on TV with porn activities that I have never seen in my life! (Clowns, animals—you name it.)

It was a hellhole. The front desk said that they would fog for the roaches if I wanted, but then where were we supposed to sleep? You can't inhale that stuff. I agree about the very bizarre neighbors. If you stayed here, you would remember and regret it for the rest of your life. It IS that bad!"

—Senton Hotel, Reviewed by noroachhotel on TripAdvisor

"All of the Paintings Are So Old"

"So, like, we were so excited to go to this museum because it was on so many websites. Well, we were absolutely disgusted and felt so ripped off. They totally fool you with all the new stuff outside, like all the cool glass stuff and swirly things and new, clean stuff. THEN when you go inside, IT IS DISGUSTING. There are literally, like, all old things, and it is dark and so, so old. All of the paintings are so old, they are cracked—SICK! Who cares, none of it even looks real or anything. What a joke. It's like, 'Hey, France, way to trick us into thinking it was going to be a new, clean museum but then we get inside and it is "tow up!"' They obviously lure you in with the good stuff and then you are in this musty piece of junk. Like, you're FRANCE … a country. Why did you do it on the cheap, why not knock the junky crap building down and start over? It was such a rip. Fail."

—Musee du Louvre, Reviewed by Franq F. on Yelp

"Circle Eight of Hell"

"I can't decide if Penn Station is Circle Four (prodigal and miserly people) or Circle Eight (frauds, p*mps, and seducers) of Hell, as described by Dante. I am inclined to go with Circle Eight because those souls were forced to live in excrement while being stuffed into holes! Hmm, sounds familiar.

However, I truly feel that Penn Station should be deemed a new circle—Circle 10. Circle 10 is clearly for people that live in NJ but commute to NYC.

Sunken, crowded, and poorly laid out, Penn Station can and will drive any commuter mad. 'Your train is on Track 9.' I run to Track 9. Um, no train! Where is train? Oh yes, the train is on Track 4!

Who does those announcements anyway? Is it a robot? If so, it's a very old robot … maybe Rosey from The Jetsons? *Sigh*
I have too much time on my hands, waiting for my train…"

—Penn Station, Reviewed by Jackie N. on Yelp

"Maggots Under The Toilet Seat"


"This is the filthiest hotel I've ever stayed at. The first room we were put in had MAGGOTS under the toilet seat. The room we ended up in had thick mold all over the bathroom walls, the toilet was not attached to the floor and slid around when you sat on it, and water pumped out of the back pipe when it flushed. It was the most disgusting hotel experience ever." - by Sydney H. on Yelp

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