In September, Inside Edition published a report regarding the cleanliness of a few hotel properties, as mentioned by View from the Wing. They applied a fluorescent paint to bed sheets, checked out, and checked back into the same room the next day. They found that some hotels didn’t change the sheets between guests, which is of course disturbing.
Well, Inside Edition is at it again, this time targeting bathrobes and pillowcases. They again applied a washable fluorescent paint only visible under UV lights to the linens and bathrobes, checked out, and checked back in then next day. At the brand new Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, they found that bathrobes were not cleaned.
After checking in to a $900-per-night room at The Trump International Hotel, we used a harmless, washable fluorescent paint only visible under UV lighting, to spray the Inside Edition a logo on sheets, pillows and a bathrobe.
Inside Edition checked out of the hotel and left the bed looking as if it had been slept in, and flung the bathrobe over a chair. The next day, we checked into the same room under a new name, using a powerful UV light to check the items.
The sheets and pillows were clean…but the bathrobe was a different story. The Inside Edition logo that had been painted inside the robe shined brightly under our UV light. It had not been changed or cleaned.
Whoops. To be honest, for $900 a night, I would expect just about everything to be thoroughly cleaned. This is clearly unacceptable, and Trump Hotels did not respond to a request for comments, according to Inside Edition.
The same investigation also put a few other chain hotels to the test. A Ramada Hotel in Boston, under Wyndham Hotel Group, had clean sheets, but left the pillowcases unwashed. The Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor, a Sheraton at Los Angeles Airport, and a Comfort Inn at LAX are also guity of dirty pillowcases.
I generally trust hotel chains to issue, maintain, and enforce tough standards on cleanliness. After all, it’s gross to know that your pillows or sheets had been slept in before, but there are health-related implication as well.
What do you think of this investigation?