Hotel workers are supposed to be some of the most hardworking in the world. While that may be debatable, there’s no doubt that they come across some of the weirdest things humans do. And some of these people have decided to share their stories with us today.
From seeing guests in the nude to seeing them dead, the hotel staff in our stories have come across just about everything. If you’d like to read about what they are, just keep scrolling.
40. Can I Use Your Fridge?
I was working in reservations and some guy called to reserve a room. After booking the room, he asked if he could store his wife’s corpse in our walk-in fridge overnight.
He said he had all the appropriate legal docs to transport her over state lines and was trying to get her home to be buried.
39. Stay Away from Room 103
I worked in a hotel for five years, and my first year there, I saw 90 percent of the crazy I would ever encounter in that place. First, I was working the morning shift and was knocking on guest doors to make sure everyone had checked out. I got to one room, knocked, got no answer, so I walked in and was immediately assaulted by a horrendous smell. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before in my life: a sick, cloying smell, so thick it felt like tangible wetness in the air that settled on your skin and tongue.
I gag just thinking about it now. It didn’t take long to find the source of the smell. With my face half-buried in my sleeve, I walked in, expecting to find a dead body. However, I did not; instead, I found what looked like a body, only liquified, on the bed. Apparently, someone had given birth in one of our rooms. I immediately backed out of the room and called my manager. In the end, we had to call the police for damages to property, and because we half expected to find a fetus stuck in the plumbing somewhere. The room was sealed off, and we had to get a company to come in with their Hazmat suits to clean it up. This was room 103.
38. Walking In During 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’ve 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 eighty-something-year-old women. They were wearing lingerie and had toys. I have never run out of a room so fast in my life.
37. 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 Mexican woman with her pants off washing her nether region in the hot tub.
36. Sacrificing Something…
My cousin was a maid; I always called him once a week to ask for his best stories. The most interesting one was when he went in to clean a room and there were three skateboards, business suits neatly laid out, feathers, and a pile of egg yolks laying on the writing desk.
My only theory is that a bunch of skateboarding businessmen got involved in a cult and sacrificed some chickens in the room.
35. Lots of Funny Business
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.
34. 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.
33. An Entire Foot
I worked in a hotel and I’ve seen some pretty weird things. Once, a left foot was left under a bed. I called the front desk.
A security person came and put it in a large garbage bag, as he did not want to leave the room with a body part. I must say, it still bothers me to this day.
32. 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.
31. 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. Management didn’t.
30. The Counterfeit Operation
Probably the strangest thing I’ve ever discovered was brought to light by a guest complaint. He had sold his laptop to another guest for 100 bucks, and when he went to spend the money, discovered it was counterfeit.
We called the police, who broke down the door of the thief and found a printing press and a large counterfeit operation.
29. Right in the Lobby
I found a one-armed man trying to watch dirty movies in the lobby. I had to distract the old couple at the front desk by talking loudly and using lots of hand signals while I was explaining what the hotel had to offer.
Five seconds after they left, I alerted hotel security who swiftly collected him and his items and kicked him out with no refund.
28. A Christmas Surprise
A friend of mine worked at her parent’s 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.
27. Abraham Goat Lincoln
I saw a goat dressed like Abraham Lincoln. There’s no more story here, at least none that I know. Working as a cleaner in a hotel, I went to clean a guest’s room, dreading it since they had been there for a stag do and I found the goat.
I don’t know how it got there, what time it got there, who dressed it or how it was removed, but it made a good story for a while.
26. An Every-Night Binge
I helped an ex run a small hotel. A regular customer, a fat, middle-aged mid-level businessman, would stay for several nights each trip.
Every night, he drank and ate junk food while lying down in bed, until he threw up over himself and the bed/pillows and passed out. Every night.
25. 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.
24. 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.
When it did, they didn’t seem to notice until about twenty seconds later. I guess they didn’t notice the camera in the elevator, either.
23. 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.
22. Not His Room
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.
21. Just Here to De-Lice
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.
An environmental services team member found a real glass eye in a glass of water by one of the slot machines. There was a man with an eyepatch who came in after he realized he had lost it and asked if we found it.
It turns out there’s quite a process to go through when returning something like this. Fortunately, the man had all the proof they needed to give it back to him.
19. It Ruined the Towels
I worked at an upscale ski resort once. One family let their toilet-training kid pee behind the toilet and under the sink throughout their whole visit, then put our white towels on top of it to “help clean up the mess.”
The whole place smelled like a freaking rhino enclosure. I had to explain what happened to management and also let them know that the towels were ruined.
18. A Sorry Note and $2
I walked into one of the larger suites, and found a $2 tip with a note of “sorry about the mess, our daughter had stomach flu.”
It was contained to the bathroom, but this kid somehow hit the ceiling multiple times with puke and poop. It’s not a smell I ever want to experience again.
17. 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 24hr 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.
16. What A Fun Day!
While we had a wedding on in the function suite, the manager got called through to the restaurant to deal with a woman who was shouting and refusing to leave. She was wearing a dressing gown and wasn’t making a whole lot of sense. The manager finally calmed her down and managed to escort her to the reception.
While she was sat in the reception area and the manager was trying to ascertain whether she was a guest or not, she started making strange moaning sounds. The manager asked her if she was okay and she replied very matter of factly, “Oh yes, I’m just having an orgasm.” She proceeded to piss herself and was escorted away by police. What a fun day.
15. It Was About to Go Down
I work in a country club restaurant that delivers room service to an attached hotel. Once, I was let into a room in which a lady in her underwear was lying on the bed. Not too strange, actually.
What made me pause was the seven underwear-clad men standing around the room. Our staff didn’t get over that story for years after it happened.
14. Letting It All Go
I worked front desk at a pretty nice hotel for a couple of years. It was a nice job, but sometimes, guests did the weirdest things.
I had a lady come in after being at the bars in town. She was dancing around, sat on one of our nice lobby chairs right in front of the desk and proceeded to pull down her pants and pee all over it.
13. “I’m Watching You”
I had a guest come down at 4 am telling me when he woke up to put his glasses on he noticed on the wall the words “I’m watching you” written.
I went with him to take a look and it seemed like someone had written it with some invisible glow in the dark pen. He wanted to switch rooms.
12. 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.
11. Like A Bunny
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.
10. About to Cross the Border
I worked in a cheap hotel in northern Mexico 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.
9. 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.
8. Does Anyone Like Lime?
I used to work in the laundry 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.
7. Real Popcorn Ceilings
The worst thing to clean up, not because it was gross, but because it was annoying and time-consuming, was popcorn. A baseball team stayed in a couple of rooms and I guess they had those like caramel popcorn balls.
They decided to throw it all over the room- at the walls, the ceilings and furniture. It stuck to the carpet and was almost impossible to vacuum.
6. Ashes and An Urn
There was a bag with a motorcycle helmet hidden behind the bushes. Patrol turned it in and I logged it in our system. If no one claims their item after 30 days, we have to go through the item and determine if it can be donated.
So while doing so, I came across a box and when I opened it, I found the urn, which is incredibly unusual. We then had to contact the coroner’s office to try and locate the owner and the urn was then returned to the family.
5. Cookies and Bananas
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 some stuff. 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.
4. “Why I Love Salad”
As the owner of a bed and breakfast place for the last eight years, the craziest thing I ever found was an old battered notebook with “Why I love salad” written on the front and about 40-80 written pages on why salad was amazing.
There’d be the occasional suggestion that the author believed salad to be alive in some sense. It looked like it had been written on and off over the course of several years.
3. Soaking the Floor
A 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
2. Blueberry Stains
My fiancé was completing her daily workload when she came across a room that smelled like a tropical air freshener. Apparently, the person staying in the room attempted to make a smoothie in their bathtub.
The kicker is that she used every single cleaning product in her arsenal and still couldn’t remove the blueberry stains from the tub.
1. In the Nude
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.