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How Dirty is Your Hotel Room?
Condé Nast Traveler and "Dr. Germ" recently visited New York City and booked three hotel rooms of varying price and luxury. The high-end suite -- which they called "Hotel Luxe" -- was $795 a night. The mid-range -- "Hotel Trendy" -- went for $579 a night, and "Hotel Budget" -- the cheapo -- went for $169 a night. The team scoured each hotel room to collect evidence, and found that "cleanliness corresponded to price by and large. However, no hotel came out smelling like a rose." Here's how they fared:
- "Hotel Luxe" -- "the ice bucket, phones, and clock radio were loaded with Escherichia coli, the fecal-borne organism commonly known as E. coli, and Candida albicans, a fungus that causes yeast infections. The remote control had evidence of E. coli and Enterococci (another germ from feces), as did the shower floor."
- "Hotel Trendy" -- "the doorknobs showed strong evidence of respiratory secretions ... and a swab from the underside of the toilet seat turned up a heap of E. coli," which means it was never cleaned.
- "Hotel Budget" -- "the desk chair had evidence of feces on it, as did the bedroom floor. [Dr. Germ] says people have a habit of sitting on hotel furniture in the nude, but even he raised an eyebrow at the findings on the floor."
- Wash your hands well and often. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.
- More and more hotels are ditching bedspreads in favor of duvets with washable covers. But if the bed in your chamber is covered with a spread ("Oh, good God," says [Dr. Germ]), remove it immediately and put it in a corner, underside up.
- Choose a hotel that uses impervious covers for mattresses and pillows (bedding is a breeding ground for dust mites), or pack your own.
- Clean the phone, the remote control, and the clock radio with germicidal wipes.
- Wear slippers or flip-flops to avoid exposing bare feet to any surfaces, including the tub floor.
Filed under: Hotels and Accommodations