Of course, I’m not referring to the Waldorf Astoria, or any other top dollar luxury hotel. I’m talking about your average low to mid range hotel, i.e. 2-3 star establishments. Of all the cities I’ve visited, New York’s hotels are definitely the worst. On this occasion, I had a toilet in my room (no door in-between), but no provision for washing my hands after using it. No trash can in the room. No glass for water, or reading lamp, on the bed-side table. No bed-side table.

I don’t expect wonders from a two star hotel, but basic sanitary considerations should be a top priority in any hotel or hostel. I invite all New York 2 and 3 star hotel owners to visit Paris, London, Johannesburg, or even closer to home – Boston or Washington D.C. – to see how it’s done.