Eeww Alert: British Sisters Awarded More Than $2,500 for Hotel Bedbug Bites
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Two British sisters, attacked by bedbugs at a two-star London
hotel while celebrating one of the women's 50th birthday last
winter, were awarded 1,600 pounds (about $2,525) in an out-of-court
settlement, the Daily Mail reports.
Melanie Carmen and Joy McDonagh spent three nights at the Airways
Hotel in Victoria, but McDonagh's birthday party was ruined
when they suffered bites all over their bodies. Carmen was bitten
86 times, while McDonagh suffered 52 bites, and it took the women
about four months to recover, the Daily Mail says.
After requesting a change of rooms, "we ended up on a higher
floor. There were newspapers under the beds that were three weeks
old, so it was clear to see nobody had swept there and then Joy
actually found a bedbug on the pillow," Carmen told the paper.
The sisters aren't the only guests to report problems at the
Airways, which describes itself as a "cheap budget hotel in Central
rated #707 out of 1,062 London hotels on TripAdvisor, where one
recent reviewer recommended staying away "unless you want bedbugs
to eat you alive!!!"
"It's very unfortunate what happened to these two ladies, but we
have no way of being able to trace exactly where these infestations
came from," a hotel spokesman told the paper. "'This incident
happened 18 months ago...experts say there are 20,000 cases of
bedbugs in hotels across the UK every year, five-star hotels
included, so we're not immune to the problem. We have a full-time
contract with a pest control company and when problems are reported
they come in immediately to deal with any issues."