Obviously, the “Horror Stories” part of the title here is mostly tongue in cheek, but only mostly. A few of these feel straight out of a horror film (though, no flat-out “Bates Motel” style stories to be found here).
The bathroom locked from the outside. If you accidentally shut the door all the way, you had to have someone in the room open the door for you when you were done. If you were by yourself, you were SOL until someone came back, or you called the front desk from the bathroom to send someone up. This was pre-mainstream cell phone usage, so you may not have had your phone on you at all times.
Needless to say, we got our stay comped.
Motel 6 in El Paso had a software problem, lost track of occupied rooms. Rather than checking, they issued keys to possibly occupied rooms and waited to see if anyone complained!
I twice opened my new hotel room door to find other guests in there. Jesus.
I stayed at a Travel Lodge a few years back. Went to get into bed and there was a blood stain on the sheet right in the middle of the bed. Pulled the sheet back and there was a HUGE puddle of it on the mattress, still wet. Not nice!
The toilet overflowed so exuberantly I leaped up to the edge of the bathtub to escape the flow. Then there was the tricky matter of getting from the bathtub to anywhere else without stepping in Lake Toilet.
That floor flooded so quickly there wasn’t even time to walk directly out the door. I wasn’t going to stand in a filthy puddle looking for the angle valve.
…People asked how this predicament ended. In Hollywood adventure movies heroes swing from tree to tree by clinging to vines while avoiding lurking crocodiles in the swamp below.
My escape was sort of like that except it involved grabbing the top edge of a hotel bathroom door and leveraging that for extra distance in a leap that barely avoided a floating wad of used toilet
Not really a ‘bad’ experience, but once I stayed in a hotel where the hot and cold water feeds for the room were plumbed the wrong way round. The water in the toilet bowl was boiling hot and kind of steamed your butt when you used it…
The hotel had mandatory valet parking for guests. (Guests couldn’t park their own cars in the hotel’s garage.)
Visitors had to use numbered parking spots assigned by the attendant.
When Dad retrieved his car from valet parking, several things had been stolen (including his golf clubs from the trunk), even though the hotel maintained that the car had been locked and was “secure” in their parking garage.
The air conditioner was SPITTING OUT ICE while I was sleeping. Woke up thinking I wet myself but then realized half the bed was soaked. Other than that it was fine.
My dad went to a hotel once and checked in to a first floor room. He went in the room, put his stuff down, opened the curtains…and a man was hiding there.
My dad went “excuse me”, closed the curtains, got his stuff and left. Went to the front desk to explain that a man was hiding in his room. Turns out the guy had just robbed a place and somehow got into the room with an open window.
Drove halfway across Florida and collapsed into bed in an Econo Lodge in Crystal River. Noticed a funky smell coming from around the headboard. I lifted the mattress and found a used condom.
Happened over Christmas time in China. Came back to the hotel after dropping my boyfriend off at the airport so was clearly not in the best mood only to find a lot of my belongings moved around the room and items missing… including my passport…
There was food that she moved into the bathroom, my deodorant was in the shower and my shower gel was on the tv cabinet, things were taken out of my suitcase and other items were put into my suitcase, jewellery was on the floor etc. Just really random stuff had been moved.
I had to go to reception and try to speak Mandarin (I was studying) and explain the situation. My passport was the main issue and I managed to get it back but I had gifts from my mum that were thrown out.
Turns out the cleaner had taken my passport with the sheets to the laundry room which is crazy as it was actually in a cupboard (no safe available). Checked out 2 weeks early and got a refund for all the missing items as she admitted to throwing them away but she wouldn’t say anything about why she had gone through my things or why she had moved anything.
A few years ago I was staying at a hotel on the Las Vegas strip and they had construction going on. Construction related faulty wiring or something kept causing the alarm to go off (false alarm) and periodically a recorded voice would say there was some kind of incident and to stay in your room until otherwise notified.
All. Night. Long.
Couldn’t get any sleep and o had to get up early and work all day. I was dragging.
I caught an Uber to my AirBnb, which was a little guest house next to the host’s main house in Florida. I guess they were confused about hearing a car pull up but seeing an empty driveway.
I was confused because they forgot to put toilet paper in the bathroom. We were both confused when they walked into the guest house to see me butt naked walking across the living room to get some paper napkins from the kitchen.
We, of course, both rated each other 5/5 stars.
At the peak of Comdex’s popularity in Las Vegas, I got stuck at the Tropicana. In those days, the infrastructure in Vegas couldn’t handle the Comdex influx. My flight landed at midnight, but it took me until 4:00 AM to get to the hotel and wait through a 300 person line at the front desk.
When I finally collapsed in my bed and entered that hazy almost asleep state, it occurred to me that I was wet. Why should I be wet, I thought hazily. Then my eyes snapped open – I should not be wet. I jumped out of bed and pulled the covers back to see that piss had soaked out of the mattress, and the sheets were soaked and yellow with it. Clearly the maids had realized that the previous guest had pissed the bed, as they had placed a towel under the fitted sheet.
So, yeah, I had been lying in someone else’s piss.
BTW this was my second room, as the 1st room they gave me a key to was occupied by a startled man in his tighty whities.
As customer service manager of central reservation in a resort town, a booking called our office because the kids staying in town for a soccer tournament all ran out to the pool and jumped in. They quickly realized that a dead Man was floating in the pool. According to the medical examiner, he’d drowned about 8 hours previously. My office refunded our 10% commission.
I needed to find a hotel in Dayton, OH because of my daughter’s gymnastics competition. I read online reviews and the Travel Lodge there got good reviews. The price was good too, so I booked it.
I had difficulty finding it because it was dark and their sign wasn’t lit. Parking lot was pitch black. Just outside the entrance there were 2 sketchy guys that looked like they were negotiating a drug deal.
Inside the motel lobby was dimly lit with flickering lights. The room was no better. Stained sheets, holes in the bedspread and hair in the shower. The fitness room consisted of a stair stepper that was broken and an old tv on the ground that was also broken.
I told the front desk that I wanted to cancel our reservation. She said, “I don’t blame you. This place is gross. I had an I interview at Kohl’s & hope they hire me so I can quit this place.”
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