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Maid service! The 10 dirtiest hotels in America

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By News 8 Reporter Jeff Zevely

(CBS 8) - Trip Advisor, the world's largest travel site, has announced the top 10 dirtiest hotels in America. Now in its sixth year, the list shares the names and shames of the nation's most hair-raising hotels.

First of all, none of the top 10 dirtiest hotels is located here in San Diego, but we know you like to travel, so we're going to protect you from that getaway grime.

They're the types of hotels that make visitors write, "Yuck, run for your life" and "Stay anywhere else but here". We showed the worst offenders to travel agent Bobbie Findlay, who promises to never send you to the Hotel Carter in New York City, where visitors discovered dead mice, cockroaches and bed bugs that took bite after bite.

"Now granted, there may be the exception that the cleaning woman did not get to the room, but these hotels are appalling," Findlay said.

The Grand Resort Hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee may have topped the list, but hold your breath at the Desert Inn Resort in Daytona Beach, because visitors say it's covered in mold.

Findlay says if you throw up in your mouth like one visitor did at the Polynesian Beach and Golf Resort in South Carolina, call the manager.

"'Would you please come up with me or send someone up, I am finding this in the room and this in the room,'" Findlay said.

A visitor at the Rodeway Inn in Williamsville, New York says her room wasn't fit for pigs, and the Econolodge Newark International Airport had a parking lot that looked more like a junkyard.

"I do not charge for my services," Findlay said.

She says a travel agent would know better than send you to the Jack London Inn in Oakland.

"You could be old and classy like the Ardel, but you can be old and run down," she said.

Remember, if it's this bad, you may consider denying the charges, something that starts with documenting the manager you complained to.

"What is his name? What is his role? What is his extension?" Findlay said.

She also says if you want to try avoid paying for one of those bum hotel rooms, don't forget to pay with a credit card and take pictures, even if it's just with a cell phone.

You might think making the top 10 list would be a wake-up call for hotels, but Hotel Carter in New York City has been on the list five times in six years.

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