MsGinkgo: Hotel!!! Came back from my first and possibly only airbnb stay last month and it was a nightmare!!!! Boyfriend or Best Friend really wanted to try it. I thought, fine if you reeaaaalllly want to. Let me just say BEDBUG INFESTATION!!!!!! It’s not worth the trouble of saving maybe 10-20%!!!! NO live person to go to when something goes horribly wrong!!!! NO level is service. NO incentive to please the customer.
i’d been getting mysterious bites (like 10/day)each day but want sure where they came from. Figured they were mosquito bites since we were in a warm tropical climate. By day 3 (and 80 bites later) I was still getting more and getting suspicipus. i looked up bed bug bites, and yup, what I had looked just like them. So after breakfast, we went back and yes, indeed, bed bugs, bed bug excrement, eggs, sheddings all over the bed!!!!! They had carpet too, so im sure bed bugs sheddings/eggs/excrement were all in the carpet. That we were BAREFOOT on.
Spent the remaining 3 days of our vacation doing laundry, bagging everything, freezing items, being super paranoid, stressed out, stressed that we would be brining hem back home with us. Threw out our luggage, half or clothes, most our toiletries, basically everything that was replaceable. They gave us a new room (the host asked another host to let us stay in their room). Felt bad for the new host cuz we may have spread the infestation to his place, even as careful as we were. But he knew we had bed bugs so ???? I ended up with prpbably 80+ bites. Boyfriend or Best Friend less than 10.
TIPS: Any complaints you have, make sure to keep a record it! Make sure to TEXT your host of ALL problems and complaints, bc airbnb has a log of those texts. They looked at the back and forth between us and the host and verified our complaints. Not only the bed bugs, also the key and door problem, the television problem. Also, take pictures of anything and everything that might be a potential problem. They asked for pictures.
i know this could’ve also happened at a hotel, but with a hotel they WANT to please you. You can have some legal recourse or some kind of justice. An airbnb host has NO incentive to help you. No front desk to run to. You are only waiting for hours and hours, hoping for your host to text you back.
it was also advertised as “newly renovated” but it looked like shit. Professional pictures lie. It was what is expected from like a 2 star or lower accommodations. And ive stayed in hostels way better than this.
P.s. You don’t know how bad bed bugs are until you research them. I certainly didn’t know. Females lay 300-500 eggs in a lifetime. The grow exponentially. They can live 18 months without feeding. We had bag EVERYTHIG we couldn’t throw out or wash (glasses, wallet, keys,etc) and put it in the freezer when we got back. FOR TWO WEEKS!!! Cuz apparently, they can live in the freezer for 2 weeks. Any eggs that we may have brought back take about 2 wks to hatch. We are crossing our figures that we don’t see any that haven’t hatched yet. Traps everywhere. Traps still being replaced DAILY. Still. Still. When does it end??? Wheeennnn?