The Health Department regularly inspects all hotels and motels in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties. Inspections are typically done once per year.
Boarding homes, rooming houses, and bed and breakfasts are not inspected by the Health Department.
Inspectors look for 27 potential items of violation, including:
- Is there hot and cold running water in all bathrooms?
- Are rooms and common areas free of bed bugs and rodents? Are other insects under control?
- Are rooms and common areas safe and in good repair, without any safety or fire hazards?
Establishments begin each inspection with a score of 100. Points are then deducted for violations observed by the inspector. A violation that is more likely to impact health or safety is considered critical, and will have a higher point value assigned.
An example of a critical item is a hotel room infested with bed bugs.
If a hotel has any critical violations or if the total score is below 85, a follow-up inspection is typically done.
Scores below 70 may require conferences with officials from the Kentucky Department for Public Health and/or closure due to imminent health/safety threats.
Click on one of the links below for an updated list of the latest hotel inspection scores for a specific county within the district. You may experience a slight delay in loading the links, this is because the scores are updating in real-time. Note — within the link, you may search for a hotel two ways by (1) typing in the name or address and clicking “Search” or (2) scrolling through the list by clicking on “next page/previous page” arrow buttons. Hotels are listed alphabetically.
Please keep in mind that the inspection scores only represent the conditions present at the time of the inspection. Conditions in a hotel can change from hour-to-hour and day-to-day.
Health Concerns for Hotel Patrons
Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by Legionella bacteria. It can be associated with hotels and resorts. It is deadly for approximately 1 in every 10 people who get it.
The problems that lead to Legionnaires’ disease are preventable through water management programs. A water management program is a multi-step, continuous process designed to:
- Identify areas in a building where Legionella could grow and spread
- Reduce risk by managing and monitoring the water system
- Trigger action when risks are identified
For additional information on Legionnaires’ disease prevention, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/wmp/hotel-owners-managers.html.
Frequently asked questions
I was a guest at a Northern Kentucky hotel and saw conditions that concerned me. What should I do?
The Health Department investigates complaints about sanitation and safety issues in hotels and motels. Complaints can be submitted online or by calling 859-341-4151. Please note that it may be a few days before your complaint will be investigated.
An emergency has impacted a hotel/motel. What should they do?
When emergency situations occur that affect the ability to operate, such as fire, extended power outages and water service interruptions, the establishment should suspend its operations and notify the Health Department.
- Copies of hotel inspection reports are available to the public upon written request. Please call 859-341-4151 for more details.
- Information for hotel operators, including permits and fees