Hoteliers around the world may be wise to think about whether they could be doing more to ensure their accommodation is as clean and hygienic as possible.
A new study by CheckSafetyFirst.com has revealed that poor standards are common in a number of establishments, with 18 per cent of guests revealing they have suffered an illness while staying in a hotel.
Some 80 per cent of the female travellers the organisation surveyed said they prefer to eat while in bed rather than anywhere else in their hotel room, but this is actually one of the dirtiest parts of a standard room. In fact, guests might even be better off dining in the bathroom than under the covers.
Steve Tate, chairman of the body, said: "It is important that guests realise how poor hygiene levels in a hotel can be. People often associate illness and their stay 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."
With this in mind, it could be time for hotel bosses to think about investing in superior cleaning products and training staff to use them effectively. This can result in hygiene levels being held at a higher standard than they are currently.
One of the areas that travellers were advised by Mr Tate to be wary of is the tea making facilities within a hotel room. These are said to frequently be overlooked by maintenance staff, despite the fact they are used by the vast majority of women who check in.
As well as hoteliers making more of an effort to improve the hygiene of their accommodation in the future, people who check in to hotels may be wise to think long and hard about exactly how they use their room and what is likely to be the cleanest option.