Unsanitary conditions, crime cause for new hotel regulations in Glen Ellyn

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN – Various hotel licensing regulations are coming to Glen Ellyn, in response to poor maintenance conditions and criminal activity at existing hotels.

The village’s Planning and Development Department has received complaints from patrons of America’s Best Inn/Budgetel Inn and Suites, 675-677 Roosevelt Road, regarding bed bug infestations, unsanitary conditions and water and heat issues, according to village records. Village inspections also have led to citations of the property that have gone to court.

“These regulations are intended to improve or maintain minimum health and safety requirements in the village, and really, what we’re looking for is to provide high-quality hotel experiences and properties in the village of Glen Ellyn,” said Staci Hulseberg, director of planning and development.

New regulations require hotel owners to apply for a license with the village, pay a license application and annual renewal fee of $300 plus $10 per rental unit and undergo annual inspections by village staff to ensure units are being kept in clean and safe conditions before their license is renewed.

Hotels must meet various sanitary requirements, such as providing daily housekeeping services and clean bedding and towels.

The Glen Ellyn Police Department has received reports of illegal activity at the America’s Best Inn/Budgetel Inn and Suites property, according to village records.

As part of the new requirements, owners must not knowingly allow illegal acts, including prostitution, gambling or any drug activity, to occur on their property.

Regulations also extend to occupants, who will not be allowed to stay more than 60 days within a six-month period or 365 within a two-year-period at the hotels.

Before the Glen Ellyn Village Board of Trustees’ unanimous approval of these regulations Sept. 9, the Village Code included licensing provisions for about 30 types of businesses, but not hotels, according to village records.

In addition to America’s Best Inn/Budgetel Inn and Suites, the requirements also apply to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1250 Roosevelt Road.

America’s Best Inn/Budgetel Inn and Suites is made up of two adjacent hotels operated by the same owner and includes five two-story buildings totaling about 120 rooms. It also includes a pool and a multipurpose room.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is a four-story building with about 120 rooms and a restaurant, pool, fitness room and conference rooms.

While both accommodate extended stay visitors, America’s Best Inn/Budgetel Inn and Suites more actively rents extended stay rooms, which make up about 30 percent of the hotel’s units, according to village records.

The existing hotels are required to submit an application for a hotel license within 90 days of the passing of the new regulations.

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