This Nightmare Bed Bug Infestation in a Manhattan Hotel Will Make Your Skin Crawl

It's rare when a video makes you immediately want to scratch yourself, but after watching this one, you won't be able to help it.

Elgin Ozlen recently uploaded a video of a major bed bug infestation at what he says is the Astor on the Park hotel, located at Central Park West in Manhattan, New York -- not a neighborhood you expect to slum it with insects. In the video, Ozlen complains about the lack of heat and working outlets, then turns his camera on the nastiest issue: the swarm of bed bugs in the mattress.

After getting a good shot of the bugs, Ozlen shows his girlfriend, who is apparently completely bitten up from said bugs. She's got bites all over her arms, on her stomach, and on "Places he couldn't even show." Oh and the worst part is, it's Ozlen's birthday. But at least some bugs showed up to celebrate.

Also, the hotel somehow managed 2.5 stars out of 5 on Yelp -- which is pretty bad, but not abysmal. The New Year isn't looking good for Astor on the Park. But honestly, were the bed bugs giving the review?

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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and won't sleep tonight. Send news tips to and follow her at @karatillie.

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