A London hotel near Hyde Park has been given a poor hygiene rating after dead cockroaches and mice poo were found in the kitchen. An inspector found serious issues with food safety at Days Inn by Wyndham London Hyde Park.
The budget hotel in Sussex Gardens, Paddington, which has a four out of five Tripadvisor rating, was given a one out of five for hygiene by Westminster City Council after an inspection on January 5. A report by the council said: “During the visit, mice droppings and dead cockroaches were found on the floor, and on sticky boards in the kitchen and adjacent storage area.”
The hotel was told to regularly clean the kitchen and storage areas, keep a record of checks for pests and keep food in plastic containers with lids. A notice given to the hotel by the council said it should cover up any holes where pests could get in, carry out a deep clean of its equipment and surfaces, particularly places where food was prepared and in walk-in fridges. The business was advised to follow the most up-to-date food safety regulations and properly train all staff who prepared and handled food.
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A food safety officer said major improvements were needed for the way the hotel managed food safety and for the cleanliness and condition of facilities and the building. They reported the business was good at handling food hygienically.
Local authorities have a duty to make sure businesses selling food comply with the law. Hygiene reports are published online so customers are aware of how safe different premises are and can make informed decisions about where to eat.
There are 15 businesses with a zero hygiene rating in the borough of Westminster. Over 90 have a rating of one, and more than 2,800 have a top score of five. Businesses who fail to comply with recommendations by hygiene inspectors can be prosecuted, resulting in a fine, closure or even imprisonment.
A business can ask for an appeal on its hygiene rating by requesting another visit from an inspector, which costs £250. The latest food hygiene reports for UK businesses can be found on the Food Standards Agency website. The manager of Days Inn London Hyde Park did not wish to comment.