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Should I change my hotel? Leaving Friday.

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Should I change my hotel? Leaving Friday.

I just checked recent reviews of Minerve Hotel in the Latin Quarter. There are a couple of recent bad reviews that talk about bed bugs.

I booked this hotel because it was reasonable and the reviews were good...especially on cleanliness.

I leave Friday and am now concerned and wondering if I should risk it or book a different hotel.

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1. Re: Should I change my hotel? Leaving Friday.

When you arrive at the hotel, ask to see the room. This is what a French person would do (for any hotel they are booked into). If you see a problem, change hotels.

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2. Re: Should I change my hotel? Leaving Friday.

Good advice to check the room first - look at the mattress underneath the sheet, the wallpaper behind the bed...etc. That is, if you are just given a key to go up with an escort...but maybe even then.

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3. Re: Should I change my hotel? Leaving Friday.

Good idea to check the room first, but then you cannot see the bed bugs during the day. They live deep inside the mattress and don't come out till you are in bed and the lights are out. To be on the safe side, change hotel, why take a gamble? A couple of bed bugs bites is going to ruin your time in Paris. Trust me, it happened to me.

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4. Re: Should I change my hotel? Leaving Friday.

You really need to read the body of the past guest reviews and comments on this hotel's cleanliness. Of course, in the absence of any objective '..standard..' of credibility for the long list of mostly very positive reviews of this hotel...any more than you do of the one negative comment. So review the body of information, and make your decision on the basis of that. Then, if you're still in doubt, cancel your reservation and book elsewhere.

And as has been previously been recommended, it's always a good idea to ask to see the room you've been assigned by the hotel before you take possession of it. Most Parisian hotels do not have '..cookie cutter..' floor plans and are a mix of rooms--sizes, layouts, decor, etc (even within the same rate category). As an examples, rooms on the lower-front of a hotel, that is located on a busy street , may be noisier than those on higher floors or the back of the building....or...a room may be closer to the elevator shaft than you might like...or...some floors of the hotel may not be serviced directly by the elevator....or the pattern of the wall paper may give you nightmares....

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5. Re: Should I change my hotel? Leaving Friday.

the only way to tell if bed bugs has been around is by small spots of blood where past lucky recipients have been bitten - so pull the sheets off and check the mattress for tiny blood spots. bonne chance!

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6. Re: Should I change my hotel? Leaving Friday.

If you want to know how to check for bed bugs, just do a search on it. As previously noted, they live in the mattress. They also leave tell tale signs of dried blood and their own excrement (on the mattress), which can be seen. Sounds terrible I know, but I did a search on it so I could inspect every hotel room I visit, before sleeping there. Sheets can be changed, but the mattress cannot and the signs will be there if they have a problem.

Photos, descriptions, etc. are easily found on the web.

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