Hotels have all kinds of dirty little secrets.
- On Whisper, hotel employees came clean about dirty industry secrets
- And then there were even more confessions on Whisper
- Some of these made me want to take a shower
- Trivago’s interview with a hotel housekeeper who told all
- And then there were the secrets explained by those who work at 5-star hotels
Inside Edition has a history of investigating gross things that most of us probably don’t even want to think about at hotels. They were the ones who broke the news that some hotels weren’t changing the sheets between guests.
And now they’ve checked another part of many hotels – the pools. Ones in Las Vegas. Particularly the ones that have notorious pool parties, with so many people in the pools that you can barely see the water and well, as Inside Edition puts it, “anything goes.” I’ll let you use your imagination on that last bit. But it’s the pool parties that make a gathering like this look tame:
Anyway, Inside Edition sent some of its producers to Sin City to collect water samples from three of the most popular pool clubs in Las Vegas, to get an idea of what was in the water. These are the ones they sampled:
The Marquee Day Club at The Cosmopolitan
Tickets for this club typically vary from $20/$30 General Admission to $100 (the latter is for VIP with a $100 bar card)
From their website: Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas spans 22,000 square-feet of the expansive multilevel Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub entertainment complex and boasts two pools, several bars and a gaming area. Entertainment is highlighted by Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub resident DJs encompassing the world’s premier electronic and performing music talent. Exclusive experiences can be had in one of the grand cabanas, which feature infinity edge glass dipping pools, flat screen televisions and dedicated cocktail and food service. Days spent dancing or basking in the sun are made complete with well thought out amenities, while a specialty cocktail and food menu fuels the party. Experience the hottest pool party in Vegas!
Insider Edition’s producers arrived at this pool only to find cigarette butts, fingernails and, as they said, “all kinds of disgusting foamy debris” in the water.
They sent a water sample to IEH Laboratories in Seattle for testing. The results suggested bunches of fecal bacteria – a total bacteria count of 15 million, which, as per Dr. Susan Whittier, clinical microbiologist at Columbia University, would potentially be harmful to your health.
Oh, and the nasty floating foam tested positive for E. coli – enough where, if it had been a public pool or beach, it would have been shut down.
Just for the record, the state of Nevada requires hotel pools to keep the filtration system in “continuous operation” and keep the pool “clean of debris, slime and biofilm.” Well, so much for that.
Daylight Beach Club at MGM’s Mandalay Bay
Tickets for this club typically vary from $20/$30 General Admission to (*gasp!*) $3000 (the latter is for a Bungalow, “…the ultimate VIP experience at Daylight Beach Club! Private area supplied with the latest amenities, direct view of the stage and convenient access to your own private pool. Designed for the guest looking to pull out all the stops for a true Las Vegas VIP experience. Includes a flat screen TV, and a safe to store your valuables.”
From their website: Sit back and unwind at DAYLIGHT BEACH CLUB at The Mandalay Bay where you can ease into summer with a sprawling 50,000 square feet of space; there’s not a bad seat on the deck. Boasting a 4,400 square-foot main pool with two additional private pools for cabana guests, and table side daybed service on the pool level, DAYLIGHT BEACH CLUB is the place to be for a luxuriously entertaining pool experience. Sip on a hand crafted cocktail and enjoy some delicious, made-to-order, beach-side bites while soaking in the long-awaited summertime vibes.
This pool had a bacteria count of 100 million, and also tested positive for E coli.
Whittier concluded it would be similar to swimming in a toilet.
Tao Day Club
Tickets for this club are typically $60 General Admission.
From their website: NOW OPEN! The reinvented TAO Beach Dayclub is a 47,000 square foot Asian-inspired tropical oasis with lush scenery, luxurious private cabanas, plunge pools, and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. From the moment you enter, you are transported to another world where TAO Beach Dayclub draws on its rich culinary traditions mingling with an ultramodern DJ booth and giant LED Screens.
Guess what? The pool water there was clean, with no evidence of E coli. Guess it was worth the admission price.
MGM Resorts owns the two hotels that had the pools with all the, ummmm, “stuff” in them. They said in a statement to Inside Edition: “The health and safety of our guests is our top priority. Our pool operations adhere to all health regulations set by the Southern Nevada Health District and we test them multiple times a day to ensure proper levels of disinfectant. We constantly evaluate our policies and make adjustments whenever necessary. We are examining our pool procedures and will continue working to ensure they are as effective as possible.”
In other words, they realize they messed up and will (hopefully) fix some procedures.
And hopefully adding a WHOLE LOT of chlorine to that water. Ew.
Click here to see Inside Edition’s entire report.
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