One thing is clear from looking back at the photos in Travel Update’s “Worst view ever?” series: Frequent travelers don’t like opening their hotel room’s curtains to find a concrete rooftop.
The concrete view is the No. 1 most-cited “worst ever view” in the series so far – and this week’s “winning” entry from frequent traveler Michael Centanni of Washington D.C. upholds that trend.
Centanni recently checked into the Hyatt Regency Columbus, which is attached to the city’s convention center, and saw the sprawling rooftop view above. He immediately thought it qualified for this series, and I agreed.
In this particular instance, however, Centanni didn’t particularly care. That’s because he’d checked into the hotel so that his son could fence in last month’s national fencing tournament at the convention center. They didn’t spend a lot of time in the room, and they weren’t there to soak up the city’s ambience.
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“The view is generally not a big part of my experience if I’m going to someplace like Columbus,” he said. “But if I’m going someplace fun, a decent view can make a difference in what I think about the overall hotel experience.”
The bright side for the Centanni family is that the inside looked radically different than the outside, since the 663-room hotel was recently renovated.
On principal, Centanni thinks that rooms with these types of views should go for less money than rooms with better views.
The reality is that avoiding or correcting ugly concrete views isn’t a problem that’s can easily be fixed or avoided in the design phase if money’s an issue, which of course it is.
Readers: Can you top this worst view? If so, email me your photo to be considered for a future Worst View Ever? column!