Anonymous on 06/16/2011
I had no problems with the hotel when I was there, but but when I got home it was an entirely different story. I travel to New York a lot for work and have never had a problem, so I wasn't overly paranoid about bed bugs. I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and did my normal thorough inspection of the room when I arrived - checked the bed (creases, between mattresses, under the sheets) and saw no signs, so I didn't think too much more about it. I kept my luggage on the luggage rack and kept my stu
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ff away from the bed. Upon arriving home and searching through my suitcase for something, I saw a bed bug crawling on a piece of clothing! I confirmed the picture on the internet and immediately laundered everything and immediately threw out what I couldn't launder.
I called the hotel the next day (after spending the night I got home taking care of everything despite being exhausted from my trip) and they were quick to blame the Javits Center, where I had been during my stay, or my mode of transportation. I took a private car, so that wasn't it, and my luggage had been in a secure area not near other luggage while in the Javits Center - so that was less likely as well. They told me that they have bed bug sensors in the rooms (obviously that didn't work out too well!) and have exterminators come every month. Yes you can get them anywhere in NYC, but I would say it was more likely I got the bug in the hotel. My three co-workers who were also in that hotel had no issues when they inspected their luggage, however they were a few floors up.
So be cautious when staying here. The bathroom is tiny but you might be able to keep all your stuff in there - it's safer. I was on the third floor in Room 304.