Spent 2 nights at Hotel Beverly Plaza while visiting the pulsating seaside city of Pattaya and it was hell with blood suckers lurking between the sheets. I'm not one who is fussy with accommodation as long as the room is clean and the hotel is at a convenient location with affordable rates. I can put up with musky carpeting, mouldy bathrooms, chipped furnishings, basic amenities and a variety of housekeeping negligence and still call it a good stay.
What a hotel lacks in certain features, it usually makes up for in pricing. So I was over-the-hill when I found Hotel Beverly Plaza for my trip to Pattaya. The hotel is located under 5 minutes on foot to the city's famous Walking Street, Pattaya Beach and has the unique position of being plugged into all kinds of action (eating, shopping, massages, nightlife, etc) yet serving as a sanctuary from all that hustle and bustle. The rooms look huge from the photos and it even comes with a pool. All these plus points for just S$33.50 a night, which is a good price point since I'm travelling solo!
However, reviews of the hotel are mixed. While its location gets the thumbs up, most guests find Hotel Beverly Plaza rather old, staff unfriendly, and a few even warned about bedbugs. As I don't mind old hotels and don't need staff to be Mr or Miss Congeniality, although it would be nice, I decided to take a chance with the bedbugs and booked. Maybe the problem of bedbugs has been exaggerated. It is no exaggeration at all.
|The pool of Hotel Beverly Plaza actually looks pretty enticing for some serious laps.|
|The room is comfortably sized and rather retro looking. Pretty good, I thought to myself. But when the lights go out, the horror began...|
|Another 'vampire' found and put to the stake of my fingernails. All in all, I killed 4 adults and 2 tiny juvenile bedbugs over about 20 minutes.|
|Bedbug bites under my right bicep... these were the most itchy and swelled up with my skin starting to break.|
Without the bedbugs, Hotel Beverly Plaza is actually a pretty good accommodation deal considering its prime location and reasonably spacious rooms at a very competitive price. Most hotels at the S$30+ price range are either further from the beach and center of activities or fully booked. And I thought the staff were rather friendly and helpful. Or perhaps it's because they felt bad for my ordeal.
But without knowing which room is free of bedbugs makes staying here a game of Russian roulette. The chance of having a sleepless night because you ended up in a room with the bugs is just not worth risking no matter how cheap the rooms are.
The worst case scenario is the bedbugs finding their way into your luggage and continue terrorising you at home! From this experience, I've learnt to trust the advice of other travellers from online reviews and rather stay away from Hotel Beverly Plaza then risk suffering the bugs. Hopefully the hotel would find a resolve and not be bugged by this infestation someday.