Bathroom is the cleanest place to eat in most hotel bedrooms, suggests research. While the prospect of eating a full English in the lavatory is unlikely to appeal to most travellers, the study found that, as bathrooms are regularly and thoroughly cleaned, they usually contain the least amount of bacteria, the Telegraph reported.
Mattresses and duvets, however, are rarely cleaned, making them among the dirtiest places in the average hotel room.
The research, which included a poll of female travellers, was carried out by Check Safety First, a firm that offers health and safety risk management systems to hotels.
It claimed that one in five women suffer from some form of illness during a hotel stay, a statistic it says poor hygenie is responsible for.
"It is important that guests realise how poor hygiene levels in a hotel can be," Steve Tate, chairman of Check Safety First said.
"People often associate illness 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," he added.
Other places containing a high level of bacteria were television remotes, and tea- and coffee-making equipment.