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Concerns about Red Carpet Inn mount following death of manager

A worn sign, a camper, and a van with an open window and a flat tire greet guests at The Red Carpet Inn and Fanta Suites.

The parking lot is littered with trash and pock-marked with potholes.

What’s inside is even more disturbing to Johnson County and Greenwood officials.

With ever-increasing police calls to the hotel and news that the hotel’s manager died of an accidental overdose on the property last month, concerns are mounting.

Those concerns lead to a multi-agency inspection on Wednesday. The Johnson County Health Department, Greenwood Police Department, Greenwood Fire Department and Greenwood Code Enforcement, along with Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers took part in the inspection.

Reviews of hotel mixed

The hotel, 1117 E. Main St., has been in the city for several decades. A description of the hotel says it’s famous for its oversized tiled whirlpools, and has unique themed rooms ranging from “Cupid’s Corner” to “Le Cave,” according to Tripadvisor.

Reviews of the hotel are mixed, with Google showing 2.8 out of five stars, while Tripadvisor gives it 3.0 stars. A five-star review from January on Tripadvisor said that a guest loved the experience and in particular the themed suites.

A four-star review from July 2021 said that a guest thought their “Pharaoh’s Chambers” suite was very nice. Though there were some issues.

“The TV in the bedroom didn’t work, nor did a couple of the lights, but it was otherwise a very nice suite except for the timer for the whirlpool was extremely short,” the reviewer said.

Other reviews were not as positive. A one-star review from last October headlined “Don’t do it” alleged that a guest’s hotel room wasn’t cleaned, including the bed sheets.

Another one-star review from the same month started with “If I could give negative stars I would.” The guest alleged the lobby wasn’t clean and said when they entered their room, it looked like someone else had slept in their bed. The guest was given another room that was in better condition, but it still had a “funky smell,” the review said.

Several reviews also included photos of guests’ concerns. One review had photos of stained bed sheets while another had photos of roaches in a room. However, it is not clear that the photos were actually taken inside the rooms.

The Daily Journal reached out to the hotel’s owners to ask if they would be willing to comment on the hotel’s condition for this story but did not get a response before deadline on Friday.

Inspection finds multiple issues

During a nearly two-hour inspection, health department officials found issues throughout the hotel. Among the issues found were sewage backups in some rooms and roaches observed in the hotel’s buildings. The rooms that had sewage backups have since been made unavailable for use, Johnson County Health Department director Betsy Swearingen told the Daily Journal Thursday.

Health department officials also expressed concerns about a couple of…

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