Most of us have heard the famous tune by Glenn Miller, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” written about New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania, the sensational, twenty-two-story hotel, erected in 1919. Self-proclaimed to be “The World’s Most Popular Hotel®,” this Manhattan giant has 1700 rooms, and it centers the hot spots of New York City, such as Madison Square Garden, Amtrak’s Penn Station, Macy’s, The Empire State Building, The Javits Center, as well as the Theater District. Inside can be found all sorts of fitness centers, and the high-quality front-desk and transportation services make for an extremely comfortable stay. They even have valet parking! Needless to say, this hotel is one hot spot. Too bad they forgot to take care of one little thing… bed bugs.
The Hotel Pennsylvania is taking a nearly $100,000 hit because of six tourists who claim to have had a bad run with bed bugs while staying at the hotel. Two of these tourists were women from Switzerland who said that they were “eaten alive” by these tiny vampires of the night in 2005.
The hotel is now taking measures to protect its guests and prevent the infestation of bed bugs in its rooms. Even still, be wary when staying at Hotel Penn, or any hotel, for that matter; bed bugs are everywhere where there are people checking in and out.