We recently stayed for a week at the Sea Edge Motel for a family reunion (we rented 8 units). The location on the beach was great, and the kids area and lawn were wonderful, however, on the second to last day we discovered BED BUGS. One of the beds was infested. A dead bug and blood was found on a sheet, and lots of bed bug poop (black pepper like substance) on the boxspring. We then searched all of our beds. Two members of our party had obvious bites around the ankles (bed bugs especially bite in rows of three - like breakfast, lunch, and dinner), a few bug corpses were found along with the tell tale pepper-like stuff.
We immediately told the office. They offered to change our sheets. They seemed completely unfazed or concerned. In fact, to directly quote the front desk person, "how do we know they didn't come in on YOUR bags?"
They offered to relocate us, but a search of a bed in a new room showed a black rimmed boxspring - again. When we expressed concern that we were being put into another room with bed bugs we were told that the black gunk was in fact, not bugs. I guess filth is fine then.
I get that Bed Bugs are a scourge, and can get around, but motels/hotels should at least be aware of the possibility of BBs. It was infuriating that the staff showed complete indifference and even insulted us by insinuating that we were the ones who infected THEM (although it was obvious the critters had been there awhile and half the beds had bed bug covers on them - indicating, contrary to the staff's "surprise" about the existence of bed bugs, that they'd either been a problem before, or at least had been a concern,
We spent half a day drying all our clothes in the dryers to kill off any potential carriers. Ugh. It was a terrible ending to an "okay" stay.
Definately would NOT recommend this motel. Not unless you bring a tent and sleep on the grass.
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