I do not minimize Mr Sowell's experience since I have experienced those irritations too. BUT my last hotel stay quite took the cake. I was in Jamaica, NY(near JFK) just after Sandy. Hotels very hard to find so my co workers and I took what we could get. Minor irritations first. Coffee and condiments but NO coffee maker. Two children next door that SCREAMED incessantly.
We were told multiple times NOT to walk around after dark. AT ALL.
Two people were mugged and beaten 1/2 block from the hotel. There was a pool of blood on the sidewalk next to our car one morning and just before I escaped for home some people were robbed at gunpoint doing their laundry. hmmm, I though you couldn't CARRY a gun in NYC?