Hotels can provide a sense of luxury and familiarity, operating as a home away from home for travellers around the world. For the hotel staff, their job is often to accommodate these travellers – however, some do not make it easy.
In a recent Reddit thread, hotel workers revealed some of the worst things they’ve found in a hotel room after a traveller’s stay.
One worker shared a story of a family who left their room in a complete mess.
“I was working for a hotel and a family stayed in the presidential suite. They had a family retreat/kids birthday party.”
They explained that the adults had been having a lot of alcohol to drink, meanwhile the children were in the presidential suite – during which time chaos seemed to unfold.
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“They had decided to have a fully stocked ice cream bar and allowed the kids to do what they wanted with it.”
The worker said that the room was left in a complete mess, with food left all over the suite.
“M&Ms [were] crushed into the carpet, chocolate footprints on the walls, whipped cream everywhere.
“Fruit punch spilled on the bed. In total we had to charge them about $ 7k in damages, which they took to court, because they thought the cleanup would be included, that’s why we [they] did it at a hotel,” they added.
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“They also smashed glass all over our dog hiking trail, which I had to clean up.”
Another hotel worker revealed she discovered something terrifying upon entering a hotel room.
“Three guys in one room left all of their windows open and lights on overnight in the summer.
“I have never seen so many different types of bug flying around the room, it was terrifying,” she said.
Hotel staff revealed some of the worst things they’ve discovered in hotel rooms
“We ran in spraying bug killer like our lives depended on it, then ran out and left the room for an hour. We can go back to a floor that was almost black with dead bugs. I can still hear the crunching.”
A third user shared a rather disgusting hotel story, involving a traveller who had mysophobia, which is described as a fear of germs.
“We had a woman with mysophobia (fear of germs) stay with us.
“She never let the cleaning ladies into the room as she preferred to clean it herself. One day she leaves to go out and removes the do [not] disturb sign.
“Maid calls down and says the room has a strong chemical odor and we found bags of pee and poop in the drawers.”
Cleanliness is an important aspect of the hotel experience – and for many Britons, they prefer to take this into their own hands.
A recent survey from End of Tenancy Cleaning Company, found Britons are extremely particular when checking into the hotel, and over half of them bring cleaning products with them to a hotel.
The survey, which was completed by 3,446 participants, found 79 percent of people check hotel bed linens on arrival, followed by bathtub/shower (68 percent) and glasses and mugs (63 percent).
The survey also discovered 37 percent of Britons clean a hotel room before using it while 32 percent do a sweep or dust test of a hotel room before using it.
Some of the key cleaning products British holidaymakers bring with them to hotels include:
1. Wet wipes (56 percent)
2. Bleach or sanitiser (44 percent)
3. Fragrance spray or candles (33 percent)
4. Own glass or mug (33 percent)
5. Own fresh sheets and towels (11 percent)