Bedbugs have been reported in some of New York City’s swankiest hotels, with a list that includes the Waldorf Astoria, the Millennium Hilton and the New York Marriott Marquis.
According to the Bedbug Registry, a nationwide database of bedbug reports and complaints, bedbug sightings in New York hotels have jumped more than 44 per cent between 2014 and 2015.
The data focused on establishments that are members of the Hotel Association of New York City.
Of the 272 association members, 65 per cent, or 176 members, have had a guest file at least one complaint about bedbugs at the property.
Eighteen hotels had a combined 363 complaints, representing 42 per cent of all bedbug complaints.
“I stayed in room 2306 for one night,” a Millennium Hilton guest wrote in 2014.
“I found blood on my sheets and a live bug on my bed. I ended up with 60 plus bites.”
At the Times Square Doubletree, guests said a stay there last year left hundreds of bite marks on the face, neck, arms and hands.
“Extreme case of bed bug attacked on my entire upper body. Went home to Florida a day early and ended up in my local emergency room.”
Last month, a California couple posted a YouTube video about their $400-a-night Central Park hotel room nightmare. The couple found dozens of bedbugs beneath their mattress at the Astor on the Park Hotel.
Lisa Linden, a spokeswoman for the hotel association, said hotels in New York are addressing the issue.
“Bedbugs are a global issue that extends beyond hotels,” she said.
“Every member of the Hotel Association of NYC that we are aware of has an active anti-bedbug program in place. If a problem arises, it is dealt with immediately and effectively.”
Scientists who recently studied the creatures in the city’s subway system discovered a genetic diversity among bedbugs depending upon the neighborhood where they were found.
They said the discovery could lead to better insecticides.