Meanwhile, Back at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York: Bed Bugs! (Maybe)
Things might be wonderful in Shanghai but in NYC it's a different story.
Bed bugs were all the rage in New York City this summer infesting, for what seems like the first time, non-hotel buildings such as apartments, offices, Howard Stern's recording studio, the Wall Street Journal, and retail stores. But we at HotelChatter knew it was only a matter of time until the "bed bugs in my hotel room" complaints came rolling through.
There was a mystery hotel that sprung up towards the end of the summer but now someone has laid down the gauntlet against the flagship Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. NY Post reports:
Dana De Maria says the bites she suffered the night of Sept. 25 left her with welts and rashes that forced her on anti-inflammatory Prednisone pills for a week, the newspaper reports.
"We were grossed out," said De Maria, 21, an investment-bank employee from Coral Gables who was in town for the weekend with her mother, sister and boyfriend.
De Maria got an upgrade and a free night at the hotel -- but she says that wasn't until hotel workers demanded to see her bites.
That upgrade actually put her in one of the hotel's Tower rooms which go for around $700 a night and are in far better condition than the rest of the hotel. The hotel also comped her first night at the hotel. The guest stayed one more night before checking out.
However, a spokesman for Hilton Hotels (which owns the Waldorf brand) told the NY Post that "No bedbugs or trace of bedbugs was found in the room in contention." Whether or not bed bugs have ever been found in the hotel before, the spokesman could not say.
Now if you're due for a stay at the Waldorf soon, we don't want you to panic. But if you're worried, either upgrade to the Towers rooms or learn how to inspect for bed bugs. Or you know, book a new room entirely.
Either way, we hope the threat of bed bugs might spur the Waldorf to upgrade their main tower soon.
[Photo composite by HotelChatter; Plushie bed bug: Tapirback]