Wise travelers search their hotel rooms for bed bugs before settling in. (Our Travel FAQs are a good place to start learning how.)
However, it’s worth noting you may find things besides bed bugs lurking in the room.
Friday night Michigan resident Frank Escamilla rolled in to town to look into buying a house in cheerful Stumptown. He stayed at the most budget-conscious place he could find: the Thriftlodge on East Burnside and SE 9th.
“The whole building smelled like urine, especially in the rooms. It was pretty gross,” says Escamilla. Things quickly got worse. Just to play it safe, Escamilla decided to check under his mattress for signs of bedbugs. No bugs droppings in sight, but wedged between the two boxsprings supporting the mattresses he spotted a black plastic bag. Gingerly, Escamilla picked up the bag and dumped it out on the bedside table—out rolled a cotton swab and three hypodermic needles.
Yikes! A helpful reminder to be cautious while doing your inspections!
The Thriftlodge claims to lift up the bed mattresses for inspections once every three months; they might want to re-think that one!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve found in a hotel room?