Ok. I'm sitting in a different room right now as I type this because a situation in my original room: #112. I'm laying on the bed typing on my laptop for a few hours when I notice something tiny and brown crawling across the pillow in front of me. I pick it up and kill it between my fingers. Then I immediately search "what is a bed bug" on the computer and up pops a photo of the bug I am holding. The site says that the best way to tell it is a bed bug is to crush it and smell it: it should smell like old raspberries or an old granola bar (kind of sickly sweet with a pungent note); regardless the smell should be strong and noticeable. A quick whiff of my hand confirms what all travelers are afraid of: bed bugs. I start turning over the other pillows on the bed and find another, then another, then another, all under the pillows just in front of me. I leap out of bed and crushed all the ones I could see (6 or 7) so that there would be evidence. I called management and they were extremely flustered about it and immediately moved me to another room and refunded my money. I'd like to get to a different hotel, but it's too late at night now. I searched my new room carefully after reading a tutorial on the internet and stripping the beds and inspecting the mattresses. No signs yet, but they are supposedly very good hiders and may only come out after they sense heat and carbon dioxide. So I'm going to lay on top of the bed for a while with my warm laptop and see if I can spot any before turning in for what I am sure will be an uneasy night's sleep. The hotel is nice, new, and clean, so that isn't an indicator for this problem at all. The front desk was very good about the whole thing. All I can say is don't trust appearances (good or bad). Check your rooms before you unpack and get in bed regardless of where you stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our newly completely renovated hotel easily accessible off interstate I44 at exit 225. We provide a 100% non-smoking establishment that offers a free hot breakfast to our guest. Come enjoy our luxurious hotel when traveling to Sullivan or driving through the area. ... more less
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