It may not come as a surprise that hotel workers see a lot of interesting things, but sometimes they stumble upon some pretty bizarre scenes–we’re talking elderly porn stars, dead fish sealed inside table lamps, and furniture nailed to the ceiling. Yes–these are real things hotel workers came across.
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42. Walking In While Filming
The amount of BDSM found working in a hotel is shocking, but the one I remember the most was a little different. I knew there were three people in the room, but I had never seen them. They never let me clean the room. One day, they didn’t have a do not disturb sign on the door, so I assumed they wanted me to clean. I heard the TV, so I knocked to see if they were in. There was no answer, so I opened the door.
It turns out, they were making a naughty film. What was shocking was who the stars were: two 80-something-year-old women. They were wearing lingerie and had toys. I have never run out of a room so fast in my life.
41. The Bed-Wetter’s “Hilarious” Idea
I worked in hotel building maintenance. Honestly, most people are okay, if a bit weird, but I can’t stand the unnecessary damage from drinks and hyperactive children. We had a guy urinate all over his bed before sleeping in it because he decided it was a hilarious idea.
The next morning he demanded the bed be clean for him when he got back. His boss had a good “laugh” of it when we called to explain we’re charging the company for the cleaning fee. Even if the guy isn’t personally held responsible, the boss we contact with is a funny guy and having the scoop on a bed-wetter probably gave him some leverage.
40. The Stalker
One time, a guy wanted a large framed picture of himself to be hung in a woman’s room for her when she arrived. He, of course, also wanted me not to inform the woman, as this was supposed to surprise her. But this dude was creepy and set my spider-sense off. I called the woman who had the reservation to ruin the surprise for her.
It turns out the guy was her stalker. We called the police. Can you imagine how it would have been for that poor woman if she walked into the room, and had a picture of that guy in it? It gives me shivers today.
39. The Man And His Doll
There was this one guy who stayed at least one night every week and he always requested the same room. We thought he was maybe making illegal deals or something so we searched the room after he checked out one day.
Turns out he was hiding a blowup doll under the mattresses. We threw it away and he only came back once after that. I kinda felt bad for him. Throwing it away seems like a bad business decision.
38. A Big Mess
I was working the front desk at a Holiday Inn, and a group of six sailors on shore leave checked in for the night. Usually, these kinds of groups are rowdy, so I told them, “Look, guys, I know what’s up with these Shore Leave groups, so I put you in a room far from the other guests, but you still have to keep it down.” They assured me very respectfully that they would be good that night.
About an hour later, the room called down and asked us to punch up a card for a woman who would be arriving. Shortly after, a tall, leggy woman in a trench coat walked up, requested a key, thanked me politely, and entered the elevator. Another hour later, the woman called down and asked for six razors and six towels. There is no noise in the background whatsoever. Another hour passes, the woman in the trench coat leaves, and it was then I noticed her shiny black dominatrix boots. Judging from the housekeeping report the next day, she/they tied each other up, shaved their nether regions, and left a big mess in the sink.
37. On the Bed, Though?
It was a pretty quiet morning, with not a lot of guests, and I was alone in the restaurant cleaning something. All of a sudden, this girl comes up to me while checking out, and asks if the manager was around. I said, ”No, he is out of town, but can I help you?” She said she had an accident upstairs, and that she was kind of ashamed to tell me.
It turns out she couldn’t hold in her poop and was too late running to the bathroom. She already checked out and when we went to see, the whole bed was covered in it.
36. An Unsettling Habit
I had a guest who would put a $20 bill in his window (was an outdoor motel type place) so when you’d go in assuming he needed his room cleaned he’d be lying in bed naked and aroused, pretending to be asleep.
It happened to all the housekeepers, but only once to me because I’d just skip his room if I had it on my list. He looked like Seth McFarlane too, so it was extra unsettling.
35. Washing Her What?
I worked at a property that accepted cash deposits. In order to refund the deposit, we had to inspect the room when the guest checked out. One day, a guy comes to the desk and says he’s checking out and wants to get his deposit back. I say okay and grab my keys and ask him if the room is vacant, and he says yes. I go up to the room and knock, and say “front desk” twice. This is standard practice to ensure we don’t want into occupied rooms unannounced.
I walk into the room, and hear a splashing noise, and said “hello?” but there is no answer. I walked further in, and there in the main room, where the in-room hot tub is, is a heavy-set woman with her pants off washing her nether region in the hot tub.
34. Hopping Around
Our guest requested room service to bring her some food. When the room door opened, she was wearing a full-body bunny pajama/costume- ears and all.
She asked for the concierge to wait for a little, went to the other side of the room, came hopping and took the plate with both hands together like a bunny would. She said thanks, hopped around to leave the plate in the room and back to close the door.
33. Plus The Toy
A housekeeper was cleaning a room and there was poop all over the bed. She moved one of the pillows and there was a certain “toy” sitting there, though she had no clue what it was. She came running down the hallway to find me to complain about the room, and ask me what it was she found, and if she needed to send it to lost and found.
She brought me to the room, and I immediately gagged because of the smell and seeing the sheets. Then she showed me the “toy.” I slapped it out of her hand and told her to wash her hands immediately, put gloves on, and throw it away.
32. Nude Show
A guest mistook the hallway door in his room for the bathroom and locked himself out of the room naked. He panicked and tried to kick the door to his room in and ended up breaking the handle off.
He came down to the desk wearing nothing but a garbage bag and since the handle was broken and it was the middle of the night we couldn’t get into his room until maintenance fixed the door the next day, so I had to move him into a different room, where he remained naked until morning.
31. The Blessing
One time I had to make a room service delivery: a full bottle of bubbly. I knocked on the door, and an elderly woman who identified herself as an artist opened the door. I opened the bottle for her, handed it to her and she asked me if I wanted a “blessing.”
Being in the service industry, I said sure and she asked me to take a step back. She took a big swig from her 45-dollar bottle and spat in my face. I turned around and walked back to the floor dripping with formerly-delicious, old-lady-filtered bubbly.
30. Bromance Oldies Version
I delivered room service to a corporate guest staying in a room with one bed in it. When I knocked on the door, a mid-50s to 60-year-old man answered the door and let me in. When I walked into the room, there was another similarly aged man, at least shirtless and under the covers on the bed, and I could tell that he was as alarmed to see me as I was to see him. The guy not in the bed was cool as a cucumber, but everyone was aware of the situation.
So I had to do my job and open the bottle and pour these gents a couple of glasses, and trying not to stare at anything I started looking around the room and noticed that the guy in the bed had a wedding ring going on. Now I live in Canada, so two old men spending the night in a room together and being married to each other is realistic and a-okay, but the guy in the bed looked so rattled, and I got the feeling at least one of those men were married to a woman. Awkward stuff.
29. The Treadmill Will Do
This one lady came into the lobby around 11 pm, asked for the workout room keys, so I opened it back up for her figuring she was one of those 24-hr workout people.
I went back in around 3 am to close it up again, and she had set up a bed for herself on the treadmill. We ended up having to give her our last room after she had a fight with her husband and was refusing to sleep with him.
28. Right There, In the Elevator
I was a security guard for a casino with a hotel. One night, my supervisor called me to the hotel. I met him at the elevator, and he called it to our floor — the doors opened to a couple being intimate.
I guess they didn’t notice the camera in the elevator. You might wonder if I let them finish: nope. They stopped when they saw us, and I was only allowed to play slots on days off.
27. Getting Mugged
My parents own a bed and breakfast in Florida. We had a lady stay for a week one time with her husband; the husband seemed normal enough but she seemed a little off. As the week went on, the mugs that my parents put out for coffee every morning started disappearing…around 3 or 4 gone a day. My mom went to clean these guests’ room and found the wife’s entire suitcase stuffed with our coffee mugs.
Later that day, the cops knocked on our door and asked questions about the lady (she wasn’t with them, nor had my mom seen her since she found the mug stash. The cops told my parents that the lady was shopping at the nice boutiques downtown and store owners caught her SWALLOWING multiple necklaces…ended up being about $5,000 worth of jewelry. Turns out she was a big thief and did this sort of thing regularly. It takes all kinds.
26. Who The Heck Wastes Cake?!
I did housekeeping for a summer and it pretty much all sucked. But one day I came into work and my boss was overly angry that morning, grumbling about how we were low on towels or something. How is a four-star hotel low on towels? Well, I got my list of rooms to clean and went on my way. I got 3 or 4 rooms in then I got to room 237…like in The Shining. Still haunts me. So I knocked, “Housekeeping!” Nothing in response, the sign that I’m clear to go in and do my job. Just opening the door it smelled sickly sweet and I was already worried. I opened the door and…cake. Everywhere. All over the carpets, the beds, the desk, even smeared all over the ceiling.
At this point, I was in awe. Who the heck has the audacity to do this to a room? So I decided to check how bad the bathroom was, and I could barely open the door, maybe a half foot. At this point, I was expecting a body or something terrible. Poked in my head and what do ya know? There’s got to be all the missing towels my supervisor was freaking out about, about 50 square foot room, about 4 feet high covering the entire floor, all the towels, soaking wet. This actually made me giggle a little for the irony but still, what a jerk delivered half our towel stock to one room? Either way, I just said screw it, called down to my supervisor, and told her I needed help or I quit. You should have seen her face when I showed her why I called to say that.
25. The Naked Guy
A few weeks ago, a woman called down to the front desk to say she couldn’t find her husband, and that she thought he might be wandering around naked since his clothes were still in the room.
Sure enough, that’s exactly what he was doing. He’d had quite a few drinks and was totally naked. We eventually found him passed out in a vacant room that wasn’t his. How he got in there, I still don’t know.
24. Something Fishy Was Up
My family is in the hotel business. One day, a particular room just started to stink to high heaven for no apparent reason. We checked everywhere multiple times looking for the source of the scent, no dice. We sprayed everything in the room numerous times with deodorizer to no avail. We even left the room open daily for months to air it out without any change.
Finally, we somehow tracked the smell to the table lamp. We were dumbfounded, asking ourselves how it could be emanating from there. The previous tenant had broken the thing, put a fish in it, and glued it back together. My brother and I died laughing and actually applauded this guy’s ingenuity. He got us good, and I ain’t even mad at that.
23. They Like Totally Nailed It!
I was working at a luxury hotel and we had a fairly big-name band staying with us. There were no noise complaints, and they seemed to be perfect tenants.
When they left and we went to clean the room, EVERY SINGLE PIECE of furniture was nailed to the ceiling in roughly the same configuration that it was in on the floor. I found it to be quite amusing. The management didn’t.
22. No To Wash, Yes To Steal
I’m actually at work right now. It’s not so much what I have found in a guest’s room, but because I live in central Alberta, lots of the guys that stay here live here for months at a time. I’ve become friends with a few of the guests and therefore I find out a lot about them.
One guest, in particular, does not brush his teeth (his roommate vents about his lack of hygiene), rarely showers after work (road construction), sleeps in his work clothes, wears the same shirt every day since he bought it, and currently has tar in his bed. This guest is a great guy, just not sanitary. Also, he steals loose change out of his roommate’s work truck to buy new socks and underwear instead of washing clothes.
21. Beds and Coffins
I used to work at a hotel. The most bizarre thing we saw was in a room a man was staying in for a few days. When one of the cleaning ladies went to clean the room while he wasn’t there, we saw that he had a coffin in the bed.
The next day when we cleaned it, we noticed the coffin was open and he had an ax and a pet snake just loose in the room. The room was always neat except for the bed not being made and dirty towels on the bathroom floor. It was so creepy.
20. Because Hotel Food Is Expensive
I had a couple that brought their own fryolator to their room. They found the cheapest hotel room for a night out of town, bought some fries and snacks and proceeded to fry them in their own room.
Due to fire regulations, we told them they weren’t allowed to do it anymore. Their reasoning was that food in the hotel was expensive and so was eating in town, so their best option was to use the minibar as their storage for snacks and fry them themselves.
19. The Forgotten Friend
My buddy works in a hotel down on the Panama City strip. He told me last year the maids were doing the cleanup after a group of college students on Spring Break checked out. So as to be expected there were bottles everywhere. The bathroom door was locked.
Once they get it open, they found one of the students passed out on the floor. There had apparently been some big fight and she went and locked herself in the bathroom and in the morning everyone had forgotten about her and left. Luckily they weren’t super far down the highway when she called them screaming at them for forgetting her.
18. A Christmas Surprise
A friend of mine worked at her parents’ hotel. One of the guests alerted her to a bad smell on one of the floors, so she went up and traced the smell to one room. When she opened the door, a very large man was sitting at the end of the bed facing her and looking at her.
She asked him what was going on, but he didn’t answer. It turns out he’d had a heart attack a few days prior while putting on his socks. It was Christmas Day when she found him.
17. Still A Mystery
I worked at a small hotel for a short time. A couple spent two nights. The first night the man got inebriated and accidentally entered the wrong room. It took about 15 minutes to convince him he was in the wrong room. The next day a mirror fell off the wall in their room and broke, but the boss figured it just wasn’t secured well.
At checkout, the guy told me that the toilet had broken and he left the piece that broke on top of the toilet. So I went to check it out after he had left and the toilet was broken, and there was a piece on top of it. It didn’t belong to that toilet though. We never found out what happened to the piece that broke off the toilet and we have no clue where the piece he left there came from.
16. Checking In Lice
Housekeeper here. One time, I had a woman meet me in the hall with her room’s dirty sheets. No big deal, we were right by the laundry room and I could switch them for fresh.
Except, of course, that as I turned to walk to the laundry room, she informed me that the sheets I was now carrying were infested with lice. The family had come to stay at our hotel to de-lice themselves.
15. Love Triangle
I have worked the front desk for ages and oh, the stories I can tell. The one that sticks with me the most happened around Christmas. I’m sitting there at about 2 AM when a guy comes running down with a screwdriver sticking out of his face. “Call 911 and hide,” he manages before he passes out. I grab the phone and run into the room where the security tapes are, lock the door, and call.
On camera I see a second man walk down, place a pillow under screwdriver guy’s head and then sit on the lobby couch. He was the attacker. Cops come, arrest man #2, whisk man #1 off. He lived. I guess this whole thing happened because man #1 home-wrecked man #2′ s relationship SEVEN years prior. Yeah, I took a leave after that.
14. Stealing Signs
On the weekends during the summer we’ll have a lot of sports teams stay with us. Nothing really professional, just things like basketball teams filled with teenagers, lacrosse teams, soccer teams. All adolescents, no one really older than that.
One weekend, one of the basketball teams decided it would be a grand idea to tear down a sign from a restaurant and leave it in their guest room. Housekeeping goes in the next day to clean the room and lo and behold there’s a large electrical sign in their room. That specific team didn’t get kicked out at that time; however, they were asked to not return and were also required to write a letter of apology to the housekeepers. Good times.
13. Worshiping The Fallen Angel
I’m the lifeguard for my hotel but housekeeping was short-staffed so they asked for my help. They got me to clean the business suites and such on the top floor. Sure. Fine. Business people are generally clean. I was two rooms in when I came across a messier room. A man asked us to clean and organize his room while he was at a meeting. No problem. I got new towels, and soaps. Took all the dirty towels and blankets. I went on to the desk to pick up a used cloth and underneath it was a stack of about 20 cards. On these cards was a red haze or smoke with Satan in the middle. It read “Have you worshipped Satan?”
To my understanding, this man was a Christian man who is trying to convert sinners, or in his words “satan worshipers,” to Christianity. The cards were for anyone who wanted to get help, but at first glance, it was messed up and strange. Still strange nonetheless.
12. Does Anyone Like Lime?
I used to work in the laundry room and one day, my housekeeper friend came and got me to look in a room; everyone else had already come and had a peek. Someone apparently had a lime jello bath in the jacuzzi tub. They had to get it professionally cleaned and taken apart because it was inside the jets and even then I think they had to replace it completely, but I wasn’t working by then.
Another guy checked in and came back saying the room was too small and he felt claustrophobic. After giving him a new room and giving that one to another guest, they said the floor was soaked. It turns out the first guy had peed all over the bathroom floor and immediately walked out to tell us the room was too small.
11. The Banana Man
I caught an inebriated guest sitting behind a large potted plant eating a banana, just gnawing into the peel like it was a regular apple or something. It was like 2:30 in the morning and no one else was around.
I took pity on him and gave him cookies and a peeled banana from the lobby in exchange for his unpeeled banana. He didn’t say a word but just kept chewing.
10. The High Guy
We once had a guy check in with his wife and young daughter. They had no reservation, paid in cash and got a room on the 12th floor. About three hours later (around 10 PM) he called down to reception to tell us someone was looking in his window. Since he was on the 12th floor this was impossible, but one of the guys went to go see him anyway. He came to the door, and told the receptionist to leave and that he had never called (even though we knew it was him because the switchboard shows the room number).
Two hours later, we got another call saying someone was trying to hurt him, this time three managers went to the room including myself. The wife and child were nowhere to be seen (turns out they had left not long after he checked in), there was evidence of illegal substances in the bathroom, and the guy was lying on the bed giggling insanely. The weirdest part was that the room was filled with feathers and stuffing; he had torn the pillows, quilt, and mattress apart with his bare hands and coated the room in the contents. Police were called, and he was asked never to return.
9. So Glad I Left That Job
Whilst working in a Travelodge in the UK, I had a cleaner completely lose her mind because of what she saw in a room. She came running out screaming that someone had turned a room into an explosive factory and everyone needs to get out. This annoyed me, as screaming that to guests is never the best option.
I went and checked the room and I discovered that the guests had been using loads of nitrous, and there were loads of little canisters left. Not a big deal, and certainly wasn’t cause to scare the living daylights out of all the guests and cause a hotel-wide evacuation and the involvement of the police. She couldn’t understand what she did wrong which annoyed me even more, especially as it meant I had to fill out loads of paperwork and go through a lot of red tape. Ugh, I’m so glad I left that job.
8. An Apple A Day Keeps The Crazy Woman Away
Front Desk Supervisor here. We once had a guest check-in at the beginning of a month. She did not come down for breakfast in the mornings. She refused any and all service to her room for an entire month. No new sheets, no new towels, no general cleaning. But every day she would come down to the front desk and ask for 4 bars of regular soap and an apple. That’s it. We tried looking her up on Google to see if she was a missing person somewhere or wanted or something, but we came up with nothing.
Finally, after about a month, her bank called us to try to figure out why she was staying here for so long, suspecting fraud. We verified the account with the ID and it all checked out, but she refused to talk to the bank herself, so the bank wouldn’t let her transactions keep going through. We had to evict her from the room because her card would no longer be authorized for the room. She left the room out of a side door with no belongings, in the same clothes we had seen her in day after day asking for those bars of soap. Inside her room, they found piles and piles of unopened soaps, just sitting there. Blood was everywhere, in the bathroom, in the bedroom, all over the sheets and the duvet. And there were apple cores everywhere on the floor. We never figured out what the heck was happening, but that’s the weirdest story I’ve had so far.
7. Morgue And Chill
I used to serve room service in a hotel that was near a major national hospital, and the two locations had reached some sort of business agreement where people going into surgery could stay at the hotel the night/nights before for a discount rate.
During my three years there, we had about six guests pass away during the night while waiting for surgery. It was always handled in a really hush-hush manner, but it was always messed up to hear about.
6. I Love Salad!
As the owner of a bed and breakfast place for the last 8 years, the craziest thing I ever found was an old battered notebook with “Why I love salad” written on the front and then literally 40-80 pages on why salad was amazing.
There’d be the occasional suggestion that the author believed salad to be alive in some sense. Looked like it had been written on and off over the course of several years.
5. The Missing Guy
My parents used to own a guest house (small, family-run hotel) and one guy came to stay. My mom checked him in and showed him to his room. He was never seen or heard from again.
My mom was the last person to ever see him alive. She reported him missing to the police and as far as we know was never found. We lived very near a coast path and police think he either fell or jumped off it somewhere.
4. Spoiled To The Core
We had a family from the United Arab Emirates who owned some sort of huge construction company, and they brought their entire family to stay at our hotel. I think at the peak of their three-week stay they had probably rented out our 12 largest suites.
The youngest boy was an absolute nightmare, literally the epitome of a spoiled rotten child. I think he was about 8, and had to weigh at least 160 pounds. He threw his iPad (new in the box) into the swimming pool in the midst of a tantrum, and the next day he came back with the family, three bell carts of shopping bags, and a new iPad. I’ve never seen people just spend money like that, not even the actors or championship athletes who came to our property.
3. About to Cross The Border
I worked in a cheap hotel in northern Mexico for some summers when I was a kid. One day, a group of 30-40 men checked in at once and spent the day admiring the most common of hotel appliances like elevators, key card doors, air conditioning, etc.
It was fun watching 40-year-old men riding up and down the elevator and trying to create a Facebook profile on the lobby’s computers. It turned out that they were from a much poorer part of Mexico and were on their way to cross the border illegally.
2. Just A $10,000 Cash
We had a guest check out, then come back the next morning hollering about how he really needed to get back in his room. We had checked other people into his old room, so I told him that he wouldn’t be able to access the room. He asked if housekeeping had found anything in there, and I looked in our database and said no, they hadn’t.
He said, “You need to call the people in the room and have them let me in because I have $10,000 in cash under the mattress in there and I forgot it yesterday.” What the heck!? Why would you leave $10,000 cash in your hotel room? He started causing a scene and was super insistent we had to wake up the family in the room at 7:30 in the morning. He ended up retrieving it after security got involved.
1. Puff Puff!
Not really strange but last night there was a sweet 16 in the party room. I work in the restaurant and literally every 10 minutes a group of 16-year-old boys would come out for a smoke break thinking they were the coolest.
They had the whole bar yelling “EVERYONE GET OUT OF THE WAY THEY’RE BACK FOR A PUFF!!” I hope the boys’ parents show up to drive them home later and see them out there.