We stayed here because we were forced to Friday night (8/28/10) after seeing a concert. Every other place was booked. At first we were like, "$95 for this?!?! Oh well, let's make the best of it!" Despite the disgustingness of the place, at least the A/C worked and the shower had hot water. We were basically satisfied. UNTIL...
4:30am. We were asleep maybe three hours. I woke up ITCHING (at first it was in my dreams, I was literally scratching my hands in my dreams!) and COVERED in 50+ bites.
This is no exaggeration. I've counted every single bite (this was two days ago) on my arms and legs and it's over 50 bites. I have photos. In retrospect, I should've taken pictures of the...
BUGS ALL OVER THE MATTRESS. Yes, after I woke up, I pulled back the sheet in horror and saw maybe 4-5 (maybe more? I forget, SEVERAL though) bedbugs crawling on the mattress. This was not just a LIGHT infestation, folks. This was a major, maaaaajor infestation. No way they could have NOT known about this. Somehow, my friend was not nearly as badly bitten as me, only had maybe 10 bites. Lucky.
Well, needless to say, we left at 4:30 in the morning and drove all the way to Albany, the nearest place with a hotel with any vacancies. The owner hastily gave us our money back and (can you believe it?!) was shocked by my "shouting" and for being upset.
These last few days have been horrible. My arms are itching like CRAZY and let's just pray I haven't brought bedbugs back to my house (I shook everything out thoroughly before we left, but you never know!). My index finger is swollen to the point where I can't even bend it all the way.
So I called back the Gateway out of frustration just now, just to complain to the owner about my situation, hoping for some sympathy and an apology (since we didn't get one Friday night). I (calmly, this time) started to explain the situation...I said, "I have over 50 bites on my arms and legs, I've been itching non-stop since our VERY SHORT stay in your room, and I just want you to know--" and before I could finish my sentence, she...GET READY FOLKS...says "you brought them here, we don't have bedbugs!" and hangs up.
Now I just want them OUT OF BUSINESS as SOON AS POSSIBLE. I can't believe I even SORT of sympathized with their situation that night. I thought, gee, it must be hard on these people, they probably don't even have the money to get rid of these things, and no one will stay there because it's so horrible...well, ALL SYMPATHY IS LOST. Hence me writing this review.
First of all, anyone could walk into that room (not sure about the others, but I'm sure this was not the ONLY room infested...like I said, this wasn't exactly a "minor" issue...to have 50+ bites in less than three hours of sleep??? WHAT) today and tell that these bugs have been here for MUCH longer than the time we were there, which was not even one night. They had made quite a happy home for themselves there, probably feasting on guests for the past year or more. BEWARE. STAY AWAY. 'Nuff said.