Some DNC Delegates Get Lower-Ranked Hotels

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We brought you the top-ranked Charlotte hotels for the 2012 Democratic National Convention; now it's time for the flip side. We teamed up with TripAdvisor, the world's largest hotel review site, to get the customer rankings of hotels the Democratic delegates from each state are calling home this week. Based on reviews and rankings, certain states drew the short straw when it came to hotel assignments.

Click through the next few pages to see which states' delegates scored the lowest-ranking hotels in Charlotte, according to TripAdvisor user reviews and rankings.

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American Samoa and Guam: Quality Inn & Suites

Coming in at No. 94 of the 169 hotels in Charlotte, the Quality Inn & Suites is mostly criticized by guests for its lack of upkeep. "Mold growing in tub and around soap dish," wrote one reviewer. "Bring some bleaching wipes if you're gonna [sic] stay here." Still, it wasn't all bad. One reviewer did like the staff, but it seems that's not enough. "Staff was nice enough but would not stay there again."

Connecticut: Doubletree Hotel Charlotte Airport

Even though it has an "extremely friendly and helpful staff," the Doubletree Hotel Charlotte Airport only ranks No. 76 of the 169 Charlotte hotels. It may be due to the "strange, somewhat moldy smell in the bedroom" reported by one reviewer. For Democrats looking to get work done, there was bad news: "Suite was no bigger than the regular rooms, and did not include a desk."

Iowa: TownePlace Suites Charlotte University Research Park

Ranked No. 71 of 169, TownePlace Suites Charlotte University Research Park generates mixed reviews from past guests. On the one hand, "The physical plant is a little -- or in places, a lot -- worn and dated," said one. But another wrote, "Nice clean rooms, no smells, housekeeping very reliable." And it does have one unusual feature for a hotel: "The windows actually open."

Kentucky and Mississippi: Country Inn & Suites University Place

If you think about it, a rank of 69 out of 169 isn't terrible, and it seems this hotel isn't either. Though one reviewer complained that "Wi-Fi worked one out of every five times" and another that "the room temp was over 90 degrees," there is some good news about the hotel. "Clean, good furniture, quiet--great rate, " said one review, while another summed it up: "This isn't a top end hotel, but it isn't trying to be."

Mississippi: Microtel Inn Charlotte University Place

While some of the Mississippi delegates were put up with their Kentucky counterparts (see No. 4), the others are staying at Microtel Inn Charlotte University Place, coming in at No. 105. While some complaints are minor ("I have never felt such hard towels and wash cloths.") others were more serious ("Dirty, poor service, and hidden fees."). But it wasn't all bad. One reviewer said, "The room seemed clean and for the most part quiet."

New York: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Charlotte - SouthPark

The New York delegates are split up, and some are staying at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Charlotte – SouthPark, ranked No. 66 of 169. The reviews of the hotel are mixed: While one reviewer said, "The bed was so comfortable, I wanted to stay in bed!" another wrote that "the tile in the bathroom looked like it hadn't been cleaned in years."

North Carolina: Crowne Plaza Charlotte

The Crowne Plaza Charlotte, home of the North Carolina delegates this week, comes in at No. 78. The hotel may be due for an update, according to reviews. "The business center had Office 2003 as its software," said one. "The property shows its age a little but nothing significant," wrote another. And oddly, one prior guest said: "The beds had a weird smell." But it isn't all bad: "Every team member we encountered was friendly and upbeat!"

Oklahoma: SpringHill Suites Charlotte Airport

Ranked No. 67, the SpringHill Suites Charlotte Airport gets mixed -- and sometimes conflicting -- reviews. "Few amenities to make it special or distinct," said one review, but another praised the food, writing the "warm breakfast is the best I have experienced at a hotel." Another liked the "hip, modern decor" but a fourth wrote, "The only negative to this location is the road noise."

Oregon: Comfort Suites University

"It wasn't super fancy, but it met my needs," was unfortunately as positive as it gets for Comfort Suites University, ranked 101 of 169 Charlotte hotels. "I slept like crap on couch pillows!" complained one reviewer, while another said, "All common areas, hallways, elevators are consistently uncomfortably warm." Hopefully they got their Internet issues worked out in time for the DNC. One reviewer complained, "The entire time I was there (4 days) there was a big sign on the desk that said the wi-fi was not working."

Pennsylvania: Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte SouthPark

The Pennsylvania delegates are split among several hotels, and the ones at the Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte SouthPark got the No. 68 hotel in Charlotte. The hotel beds drew mixed reviews: One wrote, "Bed is a very unsupportive mattress -- like a giant sponge," while another said, "Wonderful bed, flat screen and large bathroom." One reviewer said the hotel has an "updated business-friendly lobby."

South Carolina: Courtyard by Marriott Billy Graham Parkway

In fairness, this hotel is new and only has a few reviews so far. It comes in at No. 96 on the list. So far, reviews are mostly positive: "Typical good quality Courtyard. Clean rooms." And "Extremely quiet -- no road or plane noise." There's been only one detractor so far: "I had to go out for a meal because the hotel only provide limited fast-food meals."

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U.S. Virgin Islands: Country Inn and Suites Airport

Coming in at No. 91 of 169, the Country Inn and Suites Airport gets high marks for employees: "Most of the staff were pleasant," wrote a reviewer. One person noted the "sandpaper towels," while another said, "the bedding stunk." One reviewer summed it up by saying: "Not luxury by any means but it's clean and you can't beat the service."

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