Research shows cleanliness issues at top and bottom of luxury ladder.
Frequent flyers who insist on exclusively staying in high luxury hotels or value accommodations may share something in common: an unclean room. A survey completed by mattress company Amerisleep reveals both luxurious hotels and budget-friendly motels could offer the dirtiest beds available to travelers.
To complete their study, the researchers inspected over 3,000 beds and hotel rooms ranging across all types of hotels, from one-star motels to five-star luxury resorts. Of the hotels surveyed, two-star hotel rooms had an average of 18 bedding and linen violations per 100 inspections – only one more than their five-star counterparts. In addition, the five-star hotels had three times as many average violations than their four-star counterparts, which had the lowest average number of violations.
Cleanliness issues were not just limited to the beds at five-star hotels. At the pinnacle of hotel luxury, 32 percent of those hotels surveyed were found to have unsanitary glassware, plates, or utensils in the room. Garbage not being properly disposed, or toxic substances not being stored or applied correctly was also an issue, with 21 percent of five star hotels reporting this as a major issue. Other problems with five-star hotels included problems with smoke detectors or fire alarms, as 64 percent of hotels experienced this issue.
The data from Amerisleep validated a previous study completed by TravelMath. According to the TravelMath study, the dirtiest surfaces in five-star hotels included remote controls, bathroom counters and glassware.
While star ratings may not be a direct indicator of cleanliness, peer ratings and average price per night may be a better show. Data shows lower-priced hotel rooms with lower ratings had more health and safety violations, while those with higher ratings between $100 and $200 per night had a lower number of overall violations.