Inside Edition reprised its role of hotel investigator and exposed three New York City hotels for failing to fully clean guest rooms between guest stays. The revelation is horrifying, disgusting, but frankly something I don’t want to even think about.
Filthy Hotel Rooms: Three Hotels Fail Clean Test
Perhaps one of my character flaws is that that I somewhat subscribe to the notion of what you don’t know won’t hurt you. That’s simply foolishness in an objective sense, but especially being married to a woman who loves microbiology, your stomach would turn inside out if you looked under a microscope at all the microbes invading our living spaces.
So my antidote is out of sight, out of mind. I don’t want to know what is lurking in my sheets or pillow. Heck, I don’t even want to open threatening mail. Sometimes I’ll wait a day or two…
Inside Edition reported on the hygiene practices of three New York hotels (H/T: One Mile at a Time). Using infrared paint only visible under UV light, they sprayed pillows, sheets, and towels. They also marked remote controls, counters, and thermostats. Somehow, they were able to check out and then return a few hours later and check back in to the same room.
Bed linens were not replaced at the Hyatt Place Times Square and the TV remote had not been cleaned. Same story at the Hampton Inn Times Square. At the Trump International Hotel, only one of the pillows still had the Inside Edition logo. The desk and TV remote also had not been cleaned.
In what can only be described as a Trump-esque response, the hotel flatly denied the report:
“Following an internal review, we have concluded that the claims made by Inside Edition are categorically false. Trump International Hotel & Tower New York is one of the premier luxury hotels anywhere in the world and has received countless accolades, including the Forbes Five-Star award for the past 13 years, for its consistently impeccable service.”
Meanwhile, Hyatt and Hilton expressed shock and vowed to investigate.
Can We Just Change The Subject?
This sort of thing has gone on for years. If anything, it may be better now than before, but still is disgusting. Expose after expose has demonstrated sheets are not always changed, cups and glasses not cleaned, and hotel rooms are likely cesspools of germs.
And so what do I do when I check into a hotel? I just put these fears out of sight, out of mind. Hotels are an unavoidable part of my job, and I don’t just mean this blog. I’ve never been a germaphobe, but I fear that I would become one if I dwell upon news like this or pull out a microscope. So I just hop into bed and even wear hotel robes.
Maybe it took Inside Edition 20 hotels stays to find these three featured in its report. Maybe the paint bleeds through the pillowcase to the pillow itself. Somehow I doubt it. And it doesn’t make these three offenders any less offending.
So yes, I’m disgusted too by all of this. But I just assume hotels are filthy and block it from my mind. I don’t want to even think about all the nasty things that may be lurking in my hotel room. How about you?