Rats, roaches and other critters may lurk in the walls, bathrooms and beds of some hotels
Vermin love staying in hotels too. We’re talking mice scurrying down the halls, roaches snacking at the continental breakfast and ants climbing on the kitchenette.
Roughly 12% of hotels, motels and inns have had a vermin problem, according to a study from Amerisleep, which looked at 8,000 reports from inspectors from over 3,400 hotels, motels and inns in Florida in 2015 and 2016. Vermin violations make up a small, but significant — roughly 7% — number of all of the health and safety violations that inspectors found at these properties.
Insects like ants and roaches are common complaints; rodent issues also occur. Sometimes inspectors didn’t actually see the creatures, but did see things like chewed food and packaging or droppings from a creature.
Rosanna Maietta, a spokesperson for the American Hotel & Lodging Association, notes that the hotel industry “places the utmost importance on a safe and clean environment for its guests” and “has proactive measures and services in place, including regular inspections and monitoring.” She adds that “while this study is limited only to minor infractions and covers just one region, we take this issue very seriously.”
Thankfully, vermin aren’t the No. 1 complaint at hotels. At 1- and 2-star hotels that ranking goes to buildings in need of repair, and at mid-range hotels garbage violations win out.
The good news is that most violations — vermin and otherwise — in hotels don’t tend to be that threatening to guest’s health and safety. And many are things you wouldn’t even notice yourself.
Still, no one wants to risk sharing the sheets with a six- or eight-legged creature — or even drinking from an unclean cup. While you can’t guarantee that won’t happen, what you can do is read hotel reviews before you book. If there are major problems with cleanliness in a hotel, the reviews will often reveal that.
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