10 Hotel Chains With the Worst Bed Bug Infestations

by Giovanni

Anyone who travels frequently knows that every hotel stay runs the risk of picking up bed bugs. If you’re unlucky enough to contract them and bring them home, getting rid of them can be an expensive process that takes months.

If you know a property or chain is likely to have a bed bug infestation, it’s definitely worth avoiding.

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Tracking Bedbugs At Hotels

The Bedbug Registry is a crowd-sourced website that compiles customer complaints about bedbugs at hotels across the United States. They track complaints by metro areas — New York City has the worst outbreak followed by Toronto and Vancouver in Canada — and even by chain.

It’s important to note that the reports on the Bedbug Registry are not verified and they warn you to them a grain of salt. That said, the site lets you easily look up individual hotels to see if there have been complaints about bed bugs and see recent reports.

So what hotel chains make the top 10 list for most bedbug complaints? The full list follows. Unsurprisingly, “value” chains seem to generate the most reports. Holiday Inn ranks first and Days Inn second, but Marriott and Hilton both also make the top 10 list.

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The 10 Hotel Chains With the Worst Bed Bug Infestations

The chains with the greatest number of bedbug reports:

  • Holiday Inn (732)
  • Days Inn (560)
  • Super 8 (550)
  • Best Western (519)
  • Hampton Inn (505)
  • Comfort Inn (503)
  • Marriott (395)
  • Hilton (338)
  • Motel 6 (314)
  • Quality Inn (305)

The Upshot

The Bedbug Registry’s data is based on customer complaints so it’s not the most scientific and is verifiable. But if there’s a clear pattern of previous customers complaining about bedbugs at a property, it might be worth avoiding. Even if you take the data with a grain of salt, avoiding bedbugs is always worth the extra trouble.

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Colleen September 25, 2016 - 5:15 pm

It would seem that correlating size numbers (room count of chain, etc.) would make this list meaningful.

The same applies to city data: aren’t these the most hotel-heavy?

Without contextual data, this report is absolutely meaningless. Not even interesting.

Vickie Taylor October 20, 2021 - 1:59 pm

My husband and I are staying this weekend at Needville Texas this weekend that’s close to Rosenberg. We have stayed at the Springhill Suites Marriott three times in the last 3 years. We had bed bugs all 3 times each time . We were hoping to find a hotel this weekend that is bed bug free this weekend. Can you help me?

Carl P September 25, 2016 - 7:52 pm

I agree that these numbers, in themselves, mean nothing. Where is the “analysis”. I just see an elementary count.

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