Blackpool visit sees man ‘left with rash all over his body’ after one-night hotel stay

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He’s received medical help but the scars remain a week later

The Westbourne House Hotel on Vance Road, Blackpool.
The Westbourne House Hotel on Vance Road, Blackpool.

A man says he was left with rash marks ‘all over’ his body – including both of his hands – after a stay at a hotel in Blackpool.

Chris Burdon, 38, stayed for one night at the Westbourne House Hotel on October 5. He said he had gone to view the Blackpool Illuminations for the evening, before returning home to Newcastle the following day.

As he left the hotel and began his journey home, Chris said he noticed a rash ‘all over’ his hands and body that began to ‘itch’ and ‘swell’.

Chris claimed that the red marks were ‘bites’ though the Westbourne House Hotel categorically denied that its rooms were infested with bed bugs, telling LancsLive that they have “a bed bug report to prove the rooms have no infestation”.

Chris checked-in to Westbourne House on October 5 for one night on a solo-travel to see the Blackpool Illuminations. He told LancsLive that the hotel ‘seemed alright’ so he simply checked in, visited the illuminations, returned back to the hotel and went to bed.

His stay on Vance Road cost £22.50 for the night, with breakfast included.

Chris Burdon said he noticed bite marks 'all over' his hands and body that began to 'itch' and 'swell' after he left the Westbourne House Hotel.
Chris Burdon said he noticed bite marks ‘all over’ his hands and body that began to ‘itch’ and ‘swell’ after he left the Westbourne House Hotel.

Chris said: “When I woke up in the morning, I started noticing all these bites, especially when I left they really started coming out once I left the hotel.”

Chris had enjoyed his stay at the Westbourne House, even sitting down to eat his breakfast before noticing the redness on his arms. He has experienced swelling and itchiness too.

Chris’ rash became ‘painful’ and ‘itchy’ so he visited hospital where he was given the appropriate medication and cream to stop the swelling.

Since receiving medical care, Chris hopes to ‘warn’ people of his experience at the hotel.

Chris Burdon has shared photographs of the bite marks a week after they began to 'swell'.
Chris Burdon has shared photographs of the bite marks a week after they began to ‘swell’.

He said: “I actually check the beds every time I go and stay at a hotel and there wasn’t any evidence (of bed bugs) so obviously they must have all been crawling up the left side of the bed and against the wall.

“I checked other people’s feedback after and somebody else had reported room two for the same thing.”

Over a week later, the scars from the red rash are still visible on Chris’ hands.

Chris hopes to return to Blackpool to see the championship fireworks and added: “I won’t be staying at that hotel.”

Blackpool Council confirmed it has also received no complaints regarding bed bugs at the Westbourne House Hotel, with a spokesperson adding: “If we do receive any complaints about a business we would look into it.”