Bed Bugs Paradise! Case: InterContinental Park Lane In London

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Although I have spent more than 300+ nights per year at hotels for the last 14 years, this is only the second time that I have been hit with bed bugs (that I am aware of). Previous incident happened at another InterContinental hotel in Hanoi (read more here).

Bed Bugs Paradise Case InterContinental Park Lane In London

I flew in for a meeting and stayed at the InterContinental Park Lane hotel in London on Monday night. Slept very well for nine hours. Unfortunately, after showering in the morning, I realized that there were more than 10 bite marks in my upper body.

It is usually difficult to tell if you have been bitten by a mosquito or if it is a bed bug. Usually, bed bug bites are in formation of three bites (breakfast, lunch & dinner). I had flown in from Finland and the weather was too cold for mosquitoes in London as well, so there aren’t that many options left.

I called the manager on duty to inform the hotel that I had been bitten by these creatures at their hotel and moved with all my stuff to the club lounge. They had then called in a company to do an “investigation” and hadn’t found any evidence of bed bugs (I had plenty on myself).


You have to remember that bed bugs are more of a nuisance and haven’t heard that there would be any health issues if you get bitten. It is very difficult for hotels that have people coming all over the world not to have them at times.

I guess that the worst case scenario is that when someone stays at bed bugs infested hotels they bring these creatures to their home as well. These are very difficult to get rid off.

So, if you are planning to stay at the InterContinental Park Lane in the near future, I would suggest that you avoid room 532 or any rooms adjacent to it on higher, lower and on the same floor.

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  • Laura

    Hi John, did you (and do you usually) check for bedbugs under the sheets on the corner of the mattress?

    • I don’t usually check. This was only the second time (that I am ware of) being bitten by these bugs.

  • JJ

    So if they found no bedbugs in the room you occupied, were you actually bitten by a bedbug?

    FYI, Mosquitoes actually operate in cold weather as well. There may be less of them and they are more lethargic, but they do be out biting.

    • They said that they didn’t find evidence of bed bugs. I didn’t have these multiple bite marks before.

  • Barbarella

    I had been in a similar situation but on a plane… Business class. Major US carrier. I don’t think I have some OCD;) but I started to travel with …a portable bug spray. Amazon sells them in 3 fl.oz. containers i.e. TSA approved travel size. And they market it for a very good reason.

  • dave the knave

    Did you happen to be accompanied by any “friends” that you met after a night of drinking that may have carried them back to the room in clothing?

  • laineyling
    • That is interesting. Doubt that I could have got bitten 10 times during the tube ride on the Piccadilly line to Hyde Park Corner.

  • themrlck

    I had one encounter with bed bugs in my >15 yr travel, and it was in Holiday Inn in Melaka, Malaysia . In my case I caught those blood sucking insects and put them in a glass. The duty manager try to deny it initially. Got a room change that night itself. They gave me a free night stay.
    As a caution, I will now always look for blood stains or small feces on the bed, especially below the pillows or between the matters and bed head.

  • I had bed bug bites three times, including the Hilton Cairo and Radisson Toronto. They leave pretty unique bite marks, clustered, in rows and usually on the back/side, depending on how you sleep.
    In each case, the hotel denied that there was any issue. Bed bugs are really bad for the hotel reputation, so I’m not surprised they denied it…
    You should report it to the health authorities – the hotel has to professionally clean the room or they could spread to other rooms in the hotel and on…

    • I had on back and side (I sleep sideways). Like I said above this is only second time over very long time of extensive travel that I got bitten by these. I hope that the hotel rectifies the issue they have on hand.

  • Tanhua

    John – this time around the property was probably right – bed bug bites shown up only after several days, meaning where you stayed maybe ten days before is too blame.

    • sernada

      nope…they show up right away…

  • judy

    I stayed with my husband at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi the next morning my husband had bites all over him we told the reception at checkout they seemed concerned. but honestly do you think the Hilton park lane would tell you they found bed bugs? we had come from Sheraton casablanca and then first class EK to dubai so it could ahve been one of those too. how can you tell??

    • I am actually at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi tonight (been there previously as well)! Let’s hope that no bugs!

  • Sorry to hear about the bug bites. I know this is a big problem for hotels. I heard it has impacted the Waldorf Astoria in New York in the past. I guess they don’t need to worry about it now since they are now closed for the remodel. But hopefully IHG provided some compensation for your negative experience.

  • Joseph Merrick

    “A definitive diagnosis of health effects due to bed bugs requires a
    search for and finding of the insect in the sleeping environment as
    symptoms are not sufficiently specific Other possible conditions with which these conditions can be confused include scabies, allergic reactions, mosquito bites, spider bites, chicken pox and bacterial skin infections”

  • Neal

    So what did the InterContinental Park Lane London do after they said their investigation found nothing? Did they just send you on your way? apologize?

  • Dahai Dong

    It is misleading methods from governments and pest control companies that make bed bug infestation in the world out of control. It is nonsense to kill bed bugs at daytime, feed them with blood at night, and let a survived one lay up to 300 eggs. Google Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap to convert an entire bed into a bed bug trap with sleeper as inaccessible CO2 bait. Without bloody feeding, it is not important how many bed bugs are at home, where they hide, or when they starve because you have solved problem immediately due to no more bite forever with negligible daily effort.

  • notme

    No worries. I never plan to stay the IC Park Lane. Overpriced….