Best to eat out of the toilet to avoid hotel illness...
If you’ve got any kind of phobia about germs and the contraction of killer diseases while on holiday, look away now.
Some research that we’re quite happy to take at face value suggests that the cleanest place in a hotel room is usually the bathroom, with mattresses and duvets rarely cleaned, when compared to the bath and the toilet.
So in essence, if you want to avoid consumption or the plague during your short stay break, head for the smallest room before you ingest some food or scoff the contents of the mini bar.
The research was carried out by Check Safety First, a firm that offers health and safety risk management systems to hotels, and claims that one in five women fall prey to some kind of illness during a hotel stay, with poor hygiene to blame for their tragic downfall.
Steve Tate, go-getting-sounding chairman of Check Safety First says: ‘People often associate illness with the hotel food, but our auditing finds that the room can also be a major cause. With a high turnover of hotel cleaning staff, maintaining high standards is difficult, with some of the most reputable hotels not living up to these standards.’
If the research is to be trusted, germophobes are strongly advised to avoid touching television remotes, and tea and coffee-making equipment. Let alone lick them.