India’s top hotels are justly famed for the level of service that they provide. Their employees are equally recognized for dedication above and beyond the call of duty. But it’s all downhill after that. Many of the hotels in this country that are not five-star are in an abysmal state of disrepair and have some of the worst hygiene levels in the world. Dirty hotels are not exclusive to India, but it reflects the nature of the problem when four of Asia’s 10 least clean properties happen to be here, according to a TripAdvisor survey.
While Delhi’s Centaur taking the bottom spot is something of an aberration, since few know it’s even open for business, its owner Air India should be ashamed for letting it deteriorate. India’s hotels can learn much from some of the South-East Asian nations, where low rates don’t necessarily mean squalid living conditions. People want to come to India—a nice clean hotel is the least we can offer them.