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10 Things I Learned By Staying In New York's Sex Hotels (PHOTOS)

Posted: 05/23/2012 7:00 am

We're experts on practically everything hotel-related here at Oyster, and exposing awful hotels is our forte. Recently, we went out of our way to to cover a part of the industry we hadn't dared to explore yet: the seedy world of by-the-hour sex hotels. We went undercover at three spots: The Kew Motor Inn, busted in a police sting the week after our visit for promoting prostitution; La Semana, known for its mentally unstable clientele; and The Liberty Inn, a cheesy love den with free porn and a vending machine full of lube.

Although we'd done our research ahead of time, nothing could have prepared us for what we found. We arrived armed with a camera, tripod and enough hand sanitizer to fill a heart-shaped whirlpool tub, and left with shocking photos, as well as the overwhelming desire to scrub clean our bodies -- and memories -- of all we'd experienced.

Here are the ten most note-worthy features we came across during our special investigation.

-- Rachel Jacoby, Oyster.com

10. By-The-Hour Hotels Are Unsafe.
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Two of the hotels we visited had reputations for not only being disgusting but actually downright dangerous. We had heard clientele described in such vivid terms as "drug-addled," "mentally unstable," and "violent." Someone had even locked himself in his room after believing the front desk manager had been shot. Knowing all of this beforehand, we weren't surprised to find barbwire-covered windows, exposed wires, and guests who were blatantly sex workers (more on that later).
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