The Telegraph reports that Holiday Inn is piloting a new service where staff come into your room and lie in your bed to warm it up for you.
I am not making this up.
The Telegraph cites Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre,
”A warm bed – approximately 20 to 24 degrees Celsius – is a good way to start this process whereas a cold bed would inhibit sleep. Holiday Inn’s new bed warmers service should help people achieve a good night’s sleep especially as it’s taking much longer for them to warm up when they come in from the snow.”
Holiday Inn spokeswoman Jane Bednall said the idea was ”like having a giant hot water bottle in your bed”.
From another perspective, it’s also exactly like having people who have been in lots of other hotel guests’ rooms and beds — just moments before — get in your bed, right before you do.
It seems like this might speed up the spread of bed bugs, which are often present in some rooms at even the finest hotels. Bed bugs can come into any hotel room with travelers, and now they have yet another way to circulate from room to room.
Even if you searched your room for bed bugs, you can’t be sure others are doing the same.
The “service” is being piloted in Manchester and London.