Two women are suing Marriott International Inc. and a Lisle Marriott Conference Center, saying they suffered numerous bed bug bites during a stay at the hotel in August, 2011. (Richard Naylor, University of Sheffield / August 20, 2012)
Two women filed a lawsuit Monday in Cook County Circuit Court againstMarriott International Inc.and a now-closed Lisle Marriott Conference Center after claiming they and their respective children received numerous bed bug bites while staying at the hotel last August.
Pamela April of Phoenix, Ariz., and Char’o Safford of Chicago are suing Marriott and the former Hickory Ridge Marriott Conference Hotel, 1195 Summerhill Dr. in Lisle, for failing to provide guests with a sanitary rooms, failing to inspect and exterminate rooms and failing to recognize signs of bed bug attacks, among other claims.
April, Safford and the two children stayed at the suburban hotel from Aug. 6 to Aug. 15, 2011, according to the lawsuit.
During her stay at the hotel, April noticed bumps and bites all over her child’s “arms, hands, back, legs and scalp” while helping him get dressed, according to the lawsuit. She brought this to the attention of the manager, who asked if April had made a request for clean sheets, the lawsuit says.
The two women and both children were diagnosed as having “numerous bed bug bites from a significant infestation,” according to the lawsuit.
Shortly after their stay at the Marriott, April and Safford were contacted by a Marriott Claims Services Corporation adjuster confirming the presence of bed bugs in the room they had been staying, the lawsuit says.
The 10-story Hickory Ridge Marriott Conference Hotel closed in late 2011.
Marriott International Inc.did not return phone calls or emails Monday night. April and Safford’s lawyer, Betty Tsamis, could not be reached for comment Monday night.