Readers' Opinions

From Nathaniel Banks on February 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM
Since there is likely to be other luggage in the holding area, wouldn't it be just as much of a risk since it could have come from a room that was infested?
From Brian Emery on February 19, 2013 at 10:49 AM
I am just wondering how proactive the hotels are in trying to defeat these bugs. I know they only give the workers 30 minutes to clean. They want to fill the room with new guest as soon as possible…

One would hope every once in a while they would set off some kind of fog bomb to ensure all is kept to a standard but I am sure they do not….

I guess if the bugs are all natural and cage free I would be OK with them sharing a room with us…

From Robert Niles on February 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Thanks, Amanda. I can't emphasis enough to everyone that if you ever do find a problem with a hotel, whether it's bed bugs or something else, always give the staff a chance to address it! Amanda's advice is spot-on. Even the very best hotels can't always deliver the perfection they might strive for, so it's really the staff response to problems that distinguishes the great hotels from the mediocre ones. Don't rely on phone calls -- they're too easily lost in the shuffle. Go down to the front desk and ask for help.
From steve lee on February 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM
Last time I was in Orlando I had a similar problem, only instead of bed bugs it was a mysterious pair of black panties.

Yeah, we're never staying there again.

From Mike Gallagher on February 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM
^^Post of the week.
From on February 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM
I always check at every hotel before we come into the room. You cannot be too careful. I also look around the carpet around the bed and behind any bedside tables.
From Anthony Murphy on February 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Steve Lee for the win!
From steve lee on February 19, 2013 at 8:49 PM
I only wish I was joking. We needed a cheap hotel for the night before we checked into Disney, so we stayed at the Hojo Enchanted Land something on Irlo Bronson. We used to stay at the Hojo across from Old Town and it was always cool, but they changed ownership so we thought we'd be okay with the nearby one.

Dude, just don't stay at that Enchanted Land place. It was really horrific. I wouldn't have minded bed bugs, because it would have ensured that something lived through the night. If it wasn't 1 in the morning when we got there, I would have never stayed the night.

From Mark Kausch on February 20, 2013 at 5:09 AM
Steve, I'm hoping you didn't find a dead body that fit the panties!
From on February 20, 2013 at 5:44 AM
Check for hotels that have had reports of bed bugs. It doesn't guarantee anything but it's an indicator. And ‘The Bed Bug Survival Guide’ has probably the best advice on how to avoid be bugs – and get rid of them:
From Brian Emery on February 20, 2013 at 7:21 AM
Steve HOJO.hahhaha
You had me at HO....
From N B on February 20, 2013 at 4:51 PM
I'm pretty sure I had these at a Super 8 in Jamaica, NY. I sort of miss those little buggers....