Ouch! A tourist from Maryland said she didn't find kings and princes staying at the Waldorf Astoria, but itchy bed bugs instead.
Svetlana Tendler is the third hotel guest in the past year to sue the luxury Park Avenue hotel for allegedly housing the nasty, flesh-biting pesks. She is asking for $10 million.
"I felt like I was eaten alive by bed bugs which have attacked my body," claims Tendler, who stayed at the Waldorf with her husband and two children in 2007.
"For the last three years I tried to recover from the bed bugs incident and forget about it. But I felt like something very important was taken from my life that night and was never returned," she said in a press release.
In addition to the red, itchy swells on her skin, Tendler said an allergic reaction made medical bills costlier and she needs plastic surgery from the scars left on her face.
"The hotel is not taking care of the site," said attorney Anna Carley. "The infestation has been going on since 2007 and our client was a victim of this neglect by the hotel."
A Hilton spokesperson declined to comment on the suit but said in a written statement that bed bugs are a an
"unusual" incident taken very seriously.
"The safety and comfort of our guests are our top priority," the spokesman said. "To that end, our hotel maintains high levels of vigilance, and we perform regularly scheduled inspections."
In November, a Michigan couple
sued the Waldorf Astoria after allegedly bringing their bed bugs into their home after a stay in the hotel.
The hotel was slapped with another lawsuit in October by the mother of a 6-year-old after a visit last February that ended with bed bugs, according to the New York Daily News
Published at 2:23 PM EST on Jan 7, 2011 | Updated at 7:23 PM EST on Jan 7, 2011