An investigation by CBC’s Marketplace has revealed high levels of contamination in hotel rooms across Canada.

Keith Warriner, a Guelph University microbiologist, conducted tests on “high-touch” spots in 54 rooms at six hotel chains in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Chains examined include budget hotels Super 8 and EconoLodge, mid-range Holiday Inn and Best Western, and higher-end establishments the Fairmont and Sheraton.

“I wasn’t expecting [bacteria] to be so prolific,” Warriner is quoted as saying by CBC. “I was really surprised at the lack of sanitation. [Maids] make it look nice, but [they’re] not making it sanitary, which is totally different.”

Warriner found the most contamination in bed comforters, TV remotes and bathroom taps. He also found that fancier hotels were no cleaner than budget ones.

For more on Marketplace’s hotel investigation, visit

Marketplace’s “The Dirt on Hotels,” will air on CBC Friday at 8 p.m.

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