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Britain is home to the dirtiest hotels in Europe

Published 25th February, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Britain is home to the dirtiest hotels in Europe

A survey of tourists has revealed that Britain has 8 out of 10 of the dirtiest hotels in Europe. British hotels were awarded first, third, fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth places in a survey of contributions made to the travel website TripAdvisor.

Steve Wright, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “This survey reflects badly on the cleanliness levels of the hotels featured in this study. While much of the hospitality industry consistently delivers excellent levels of hygiene and cleanliness, it appears that a minority are simply not meeting their guest’s expectations. The survey demonstrates once again the importance the public place on hygiene, and we should always strive to offer the public the safe, clean and pleasant environment that they deserve.”

The website sifted through more than 30 million reviews before delivering its verdicts, creating separate studies comparing accommodation in Asia, the USA and Canada.

Andrew Large, chief executive of the Cleaning and Support Services Association, said: “At the CSSA we promote the belief that a serious and professional approach to cleaning is needed; clean public spaces and hotels will promote the UK as an attractive destination for tourists. While this survey indicates that there are some dirty establishments in Britain, we hope that it does not detract from the excellent work that is being done by much of the hospitality industry. TripAdvisors survey is based on anecdotal evidence, and its findings are by no means scientific.”