(Closed) Bed Bugs in Hotels…Wondering if the Honeymoon is Worth It?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 33
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Coming from someone who has lived through the nightmare of bedbugs 2 years ago,  I understand your concern but it still doesn’t stop me from traveling and staying in hotels.  I always check under the mattresses, around headboard if there is one, keep my bags and clothes away from the bed and off the floor.   The chances are slim as hotels take this issue very seriously or they can be shut down.   Bedbugs also don’t get carried around on people. They can hide in your suitcase only if it’s very close to the bed but they won’t just stay on you.  they don’t travel far from their source unless it’s an extreme case which you’ll know as soon as you look at the mattress.    You’ll be fine!

Post # 34
2484 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

my mom just came back from detroit and is covered in bites cause the first hotel room she had gotten had them- it is disgusting. she got 1/2 her money back and switched rooms but was misserable her whole trip-

but this is a rare thing. i think

Post # 35
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

OMG I have a hilarious story on bedbugs… Wasn’t funny at the time…. But we booked a suite for our wedding night and stayed out late partying with our friends after the reception and crashed without checking the bed. The hotel I had booked was also highly rated 5-Star pretty well known hotel in the city. Morning after; I woke up and DH had gotten up and I found a lone bed bug crawling on the pillow that he was just laying on. Talk about having an intruder in on our wedding night!!!

I grabbed a glass, cupped and trapped the little bugger… Called the manager and they sent in the head of housekeeping. They got to our door and the manager insisted it wasn’t a bedbug and the head of housekeeping dude took one glance and announced “BEDBUG!”

They same day drycleaned everything for us and anything we tossed they reimbursed us after I submitted receipts. Oh yeah… our $900+ room ended up being comped also…. They put us in a totally diff suite and extended our late check out for us to wait to get all of our dry cleaning back.

Ironically that hotel still isn’t listed on the Bedbug registry… They were good about following up; they immediately quarantined that room and all rooms next to it/above/below. According to the manager after spraying and taking about all the bed and furniture they found a total of 3 bugs. So not technically an infestation… but still uber creepy.

Totally not cool at the time but now nearly two years later we look back and laugh.

Tip: leave your luggage in the bathroom area. Its tile so it makes the bugs really hard to hitchhike back if the room does have a few “visitors”

Post # 36
4369 posts
Honey bee

I’m terrified of picking up BB in hotels. Im going to look more into these tips the bees have offered. 

Post # 37
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Well let me tell you those things are HELL.  We got them and they traumatized me.  I freak out every time I stay in a hotel, go to the theater or sit in a public chair.  But, I am not going to let that keep me from honeymooning!  

You can check the mattresses and creases for brown spots where they’ve sucked blood and I guess pooped it out.  Also, keep all of your stuff off the bed and floor (up on one of those racks).  I take bed bug spray with me to hotels and trash bags.  I bag all my stuff up airtight so they can’t get in, but that’s a bit psychotic lol.

Just be conscious.  If you have itchy bites while you’re there, take precautions to get home without them.  5 star hotels and shitty motels both can have them, but your chances are slim. I just got unlucky.

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