After renovation, 'dirtiest' NYC hotel winner to be sold

The Hotel Carter in Times Square has had the dubious distinction of being TripAdvisor's dirtiest hotel in 2008 and 2009, but after a renovation, the hotel is, reportedly, cleaner and ready for a new owner.

The New York Times reports that the 615-room hotel has been under new management for eight months and will be offered for sale this year.

As a result of legal battles among the many survivors of Tran Dinh Truong, who owned the hotel from 1977 until his death in 2012, the Carter has been placed in the hands of a temporary administrator, Stanley Parness, the Times writes.

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“Our direction from Judge Parness has been to focus on correcting all life-safety issues,” said John J. Cruz of Philadelphia-based GF Management, which took over the Carter in April. He said 15 outstanding building code violations were “in varying stages of being addressed.”

Now, occupancy has increased to 74 percent, from 68 percent. And on TripAdvisor’s 1-to-100 customer satisfaction index, the Carter has increased to a 73.6, from a 67.6 in 2012.

Room rates are now in the $120-to-$150 range.

Thirty rooms on the fourth floor were renovated with new Ikea furniture and framed artwork bought from sidewalk vendors.

The Carter opened in 1930 as the Hotel Dixie. There was no mention of how much the hotel could be sold for, but it's prime location gives it a boost.

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