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Never Make Tea In Your Hotel Room
So how widespread is this behavior? There’s no way to know for sure, and that’s probably the biggest risk. These devices are accessed by so many people, so often, and hotels may or may not be cleaning them regularly. There are just so many unknown factors here that it might be safest to avoid using it all together.
Germs in Hotels: The Dirty Truth
This story fits into a larger series of concerns about hygiene in hotels. For instance, when you check into a luxury hotel you probably expect everything to be clean when you arrive. Rooms in such places are usually furnished with fancy trappings and all the amenities you can ask for.
But many people would be shocked to know how many germs are found in hotel rooms, and that on top of it all, in many cases the upscale 4 and 5-star hotels were even dirtier than the lower priced 3 star ones!
Bathroom counters for instance have alarmingly high amounts of bacteria on them. A report from Travelmath indicated that the average amount of bacteria on a hotel room kitchen counter was 1,288,817 colony-forming units (CFU) per square inch. By hotel class, the numbers broke down as follows: an average of 320,007 CFU in 3-start hotels, 2,534,772 for 4-star hotels, and 1,011,670 CFU for 5 star hotels.
The findings from Travelmath varied by item (desk, remote control, etc). In some categories, 4- star hotels had higher CFU numbers, and in others, 4-stars took the lead. But across all categories the general trend of more luxurious accommodations being more contaminated than less luxury ones was consistent. The reasons for this are not entirely clear, but the good news is that there is no need to panic. Most health risks for guests can be avoided by simple hand washing. But it certainly does give the luxury hotel industry some reason to rethink their cleaning policies.