Hotels can be fantastic places that inspire you and help you forget about all your problems. That’s what happens when hoteliers and the staff all work in sync to provide the best possible service to their guests. However, this isn’t a guarantee.

There are plenty of horrid hotels out there that make Stephen King’s hotel in ‘The Shining’ seem like a picnic near the Seine in comparison. Some hotels are so bad that they’ll have you screaming, running away and thanking the heavens that you’re safe in your own bed. Bored Panda brings you this list of the creepiest, most horrible, most disgusting hotels ever that are a shining example of what not to do. Upvote the worst hotel pictures, and share your thoughts in the comments, and check out our other posts about the worst hotel fails here and here. And scroll down for our interview with Dr. Gabor Forgacs from Ryerson University as we talk to him about the hotel industry and what makes hotels stand out from the crowd.

#1

And This Is Why You Check The Hotel Coffee Maker Before You Use It

And This Is Why You Check The Hotel Coffee Maker Before You Use It

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Pamela24
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5 months ago

This is #1 now, I'm not sure I wanna scroll further. Ugh.

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#2

We Have A Really Nice Hotel Room

We Have A Really Nice Hotel Room

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Giovanni
Community Member
5 months ago

Snacks

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#3

Don't Stay In A Hotel With Bedbugs

Don't Stay In A Hotel With Bedbugs

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
5 months ago

Even worse thing is that you can bring them to your home.

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Hotels that scare away their customers often have a problem with cleanliness, elementary hygiene, while staff members don’t understand the rules of hospitality. These are just the basics that hotels need to get right, though. What makes hotels more than average, quality-wise, is a mix of small and large things that create a wholesome atmosphere.

#4

The Pool At My Hotel In Birmingham, Alabama. Yes, Those Are Toilets

The Pool At My Hotel In Birmingham, Alabama. Yes, Those Are Toilets

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
5 months ago

A real shit hole

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#5

After A Beautiful Day At The Beach In Hawaii, My Cousin Went Back To Her Hotel Room To A Pleasant Surprise

After A Beautiful Day At The Beach In Hawaii, My Cousin Went Back To Her Hotel Room To A Pleasant Surprise

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Cyla Stephansen
Community Member
5 months ago

Did they have an exorcism in the bathroom?

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#6

Airbnb Description Said "View Of The Main Church From The Bedroom Window". Technically It Was Not A Lie

Airbnb Description Said "View Of The Main Church From The Bedroom Window". Technically It Was Not A Lie

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Neon Petra
Community Member
5 months ago

How short IS that ceiling?

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Dr. Forgacs from Ryerson University talked to Bored Panda about hotels, hoteliers, and analyzed what hotels can do to seem unique: “It's pretty complex and one has to master a lot of moving parts in order to achieve that distinction.”

#7

My Hotel Room Has Such A Nice View! Wait A Minute

My Hotel Room Has Such A Nice View! Wait A Minute

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Martti Laurson
Community Member
5 months ago

At least they tried to make it better

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#8

I Generally Gauge The Quality Of The Hotel I'm Staying At Based On The Number Of Bite Marks On The Toilet Flusher

I Generally Gauge The Quality Of The Hotel I'm Staying At Based On The Number Of Bite Marks On The Toilet Flusher

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G4dg3tG4l
Community Member
5 months ago

the question is: WHY?

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#9

Shower At The Hostel My Brother Is Staying At In China

Shower At The Hostel My Brother Is Staying At In China

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Mark
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah the shower is a bit wonky, so what ;)

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“On top of the physical parts (e.g. location, size, architecture, design and furniture), the intangibles need to fall into place seamlessly and that is a tall order.”

#10

Saw This In An Elevator Today In A Hotel. Took The Stairs Back Down

Saw This In An Elevator Today In A Hotel. Took The Stairs Back Down

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EHops
Community Member
5 months ago

Wait... Is that even legal??

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#11

Found This Under The Sheets While Crawling Into Bed... Used Hair Extensions?

Found This Under The Sheets While Crawling Into Bed... Used Hair Extensions?

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Kaisu
Community Member
5 months ago

Well this shows that they did not change the sheets and did not even look through the bed

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#12

Ah, Thanks For The Remark!

Ah, Thanks For The Remark!

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Sofia Gunn
Community Member
5 months ago

do they though? do they really?

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“The colors, sounds, scents plus the ambiance are all perfectly lined up: what background music is playing, what designer aroma is in the air and have toiletries scented with; the choice of fabric for carpet, curtains and upholstery; the tone and level of voice of staff as they greet guests and communicate without judging requests or behaviors, etc.,” the professor highlighted the hundred-and-one things that need to all come together to form the perfect whole.

#13

Heat Lamp Vs. Bathroom Door In My Hotel Room

Heat Lamp Vs. Bathroom Door In My Hotel Room

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Neon Petra
Community Member
5 months ago

That's actually very dangerous.

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#14

The Fitness Room At The Hotel I Stayed At

The Fitness Room At The Hotel I Stayed At

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Guglielmo Marconi
Community Member
5 months ago

It fits.

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#15

Found This Under The Mattress In A Hotel

Found This Under The Mattress In A Hotel

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Magpie
Community Member
5 months ago

Arrrrrrrg!

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“Great hotels provide intuitive and highly personalized service, which cannot be done over 250 rooms capacity. If a guest meets 3-5 different faces behind the front desk each time versus always the same two, that makes a huge difference. You can only do this if your hotel is not larger than that.”

#16

It's So Humid In Nola, These Little Guys Are Growing In My Hotel Room

It's So Humid In Nola, These Little Guys Are Growing In My Hotel Room

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Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago

In touch with nature. ♥

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#17

"Quality" Hotel Room. Moscow, A Month Ago

"Quality" Hotel Room. Moscow, A Month Ago

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Foxxy
Community Member
5 months ago

This is possibly caused by rusting of the pipes. We get this in our laundry and after a couple of minutes the water is clear, only does it when the hot tap is on.

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#18

Found This Waiting In The Bathroom Of My New Hotel Room

Found This Waiting In The Bathroom Of My New Hotel Room

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Neon Petra
Community Member
5 months ago

Did the people who were supposed to clean it even notice?

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Dear Pandas, let us know what your worst memories from hotels you’ve stayed at are. Have you ever experienced anything similar to what’s shown in this list? What do you think of Dr. Forgacs’ analysis of the hotel industry? Let us know!

#19

Stayed At A Hotel For Cheap This Weekend. Wasn't Quite Prepared For This Level Of Sketch

Stayed At A Hotel For Cheap This Weekend. Wasn't Quite Prepared For This Level Of Sketch

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EHops
Community Member
5 months ago

Dude...run...

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#20

Walked Into My Hotel Room

Walked Into My Hotel Room

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morgan jeffries
Community Member
5 months ago

...and walked back out again

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#21

Checked In To A Hotel And Promptly Checked Out

Checked In To A Hotel And Promptly Checked Out

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Soupcat
Community Member
5 months ago

Jesus that's fucking horrid...

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#22

My Hotel's TV

My Hotel's TV

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Sofia Gunn
Community Member
5 months ago

Michael Scott's plasma tv

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#23

My Hotel Offers A Kettle And Glasses To Use, But Has A Folder In A Drawer With Rules. One Of Them Says You Have To Pay A Fine If You Use The Kettle

My Hotel Offers A Kettle And Glasses To Use, But Has A Folder In A Drawer With Rules. One Of Them Says You Have To Pay A Fine If You Use The Kettle

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morgan jeffries
Community Member
5 months ago

What is the point of providing one if you can't use it? They obviously want to catch people out and put the fine in their bill. Shifty buggers.

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#24

In A Fancy Hotel Restaurant And Found This In The Mixed Nuts They Bring To Your Table While You Wait For Your Food

In A Fancy Hotel Restaurant And Found This In The Mixed Nuts They Bring To Your Table While You Wait For Your Food

It's a Nexium 40 mg tablet.

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Sian Edwards
Community Member
5 months ago

Nexium tablets are used to treat acid reflux and similar conditions, if anybody was wondering.

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#25

Flat Screen TV Mounted To An Old Box TV With Packing Tape In A Flea Bag Motel

Flat Screen TV Mounted To An Old Box TV With Packing Tape In A Flea Bag Motel

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Baba Caine
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey least they upgraded the TV for u

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#26

Sinkhole Just Developed In My Hotel Room

Sinkhole Just Developed In My Hotel Room

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Monday
Community Member
5 months ago

Saw the opportunity...took the pun...respect.

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#27

The Jacuzzi At My Hotel

The Jacuzzi At My Hotel

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morgan jeffries
Community Member
5 months ago

Nice slime to play with

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#28

This Is In My Hostel, Next To My Bed. Thanks For The Warning, I Guess

This Is In My Hostel, Next To My Bed. Thanks For The Warning, I Guess

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
5 months ago

Has to be friable at least to get into your lungs. So don’t mess with it

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#29

This Toilet Wand My Friend Saw At A Hotel

This Toilet Wand My Friend Saw At A Hotel

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Incognito
Community Member
5 months ago

*gag* why did I click on this link......

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#30

Apparently The Sheets In My Hotel Room Weren't Changed

Apparently The Sheets In My Hotel Room Weren't Changed

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Foxxy
Community Member
5 months ago

That’s nasty, it makes you wonder what else they haven’t cleaned and how often things get done.

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#31

I Was Settling Into My Hotel Room When I Saw This Growing Out Of The Carpet

I Was Settling Into My Hotel Room When I Saw This Growing Out Of The Carpet

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Lotte
Community Member
5 months ago

They might not be the best hotel but they for sure offer mushroom

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#32

I Was Told I Didn't Have Roommates In My Hotel

I Was Told I Didn't Have Roommates In My Hotel

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Tara
Community Member
5 months ago

Makes me itchy

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#33

My Hotel's Treatment Of Their Fish

My Hotel's Treatment Of Their Fish

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
5 months ago

In their defense it looks like they have those plants that are suppose to live off the sediment in the water. Their systems are delicate especially if disturbed causing the water to cloud up until settled. But natural filtration blah blah

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#34

This Is What I Saw When I Checked Into My Hotel Last Night

This Is What I Saw When I Checked Into My Hotel Last Night

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Kai
Community Member
5 months ago

This is badluck, not something that the hotel owner left there or didn't care about. Pipe break is a common issues on my country.

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#35

Nothing Screams Quality Hotel Room Like A Hole In The Ceiling With A Napkin Jammed In It

Nothing Screams Quality Hotel Room Like A Hole In The Ceiling With A Napkin Jammed In It

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Hope Floats
Community Member
5 months ago

It wasn't the Bates Motel by any chance.. Was it? ( Run by tall guy.. Looks like a 50 year old mummy's boy and eager to show you his 'dead bird collection?..)

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#36

Do Not Flip Over Your Motel Matress

Do Not Flip Over Your Motel Matress

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Hope Floats
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Doesn't this one image, of what really happens on a hotels 'much used' mattress, put you off ever checking in one???

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#37

This Motel 6 We Are Staying At Tonight. Needless To Say I’ll Never Book Here Again

This Motel 6 We Are Staying At Tonight. Needless To Say I’ll Never Book Here Again

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Pittsburgh rare
Community Member
5 months ago

*Needles to say I'll never book here again

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#38

Got Excited From Far Away About The Motel Having A Swimming Pool

Got Excited From Far Away About The Motel Having A Swimming Pool

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
5 months ago

Kind of impressive honestly. If they really filled it in and kept it up after the dirt settled what I have to imagine a bit

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#39

My Hotel Apparently Has Complimentary Dirty Underwear Service

My Hotel Apparently Has Complimentary Dirty Underwear Service

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
5 months ago

It's a bit niche, but expensive in Japan!

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#40

Mushrooms Growing Out Of A Door At The Hotel I Work At

Mushrooms Growing Out Of A Door At The Hotel I Work At

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Mark
Community Member
5 months ago

If you work there then doing something about it rather than just take pictures. Let me guess, that isn't part of your job?

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#41

My Buddy Went On A Trip To Atlantic City, NJ For The Weekend And This Is What He Found Underneath The Mattress In His Room

My Buddy Went On A Trip To Atlantic City, NJ For The Weekend And This Is What He Found Underneath The Mattress In His Room

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Mark
Community Member
5 months ago

Complimentary syringes?

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#42

Walked Into My Hotel, And There Happened To Be A Weird Toy Hanging From The Sprinkler

Walked Into My Hotel, And There Happened To Be A Weird Toy Hanging From The Sprinkler

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
5 months ago

how do you get up-there...?

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#43

This Hypodermic Needle Found In The Toilet Paper Holder At My Hotel

This Hypodermic Needle Found In The Toilet Paper Holder At My Hotel

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Aidyn06
Community Member
5 months ago

um... walk away bro

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#44

This Is The Pool At My Hotel

This Is The Pool At My Hotel

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
5 months ago

it fits with the surrounding! how nice : )!

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#45

My Hotel's Water

My Hotel's Water

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Baba Caine
Community Member
5 months ago

Again beer coming out taps WHO CAN COMPLAIN

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#46

Scumbag Sheraton Hotel Trying To Trick Me Into Paying $6 For Water. The Tag In The Front Says In Fine Print Free And The One In The Back Says In Fine Print $6

Scumbag Sheraton Hotel Trying To Trick Me Into Paying $6 For Water. The Tag In The Front Says In Fine Print Free And The One In The Back Says In Fine Print $6

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Incognito
Community Member
5 months ago

once i went to hotel with legit a whole freezer full of drinks and food. the sign said 'we have too many pls take'

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#47

This Is The Fire Exit At My Hotel

This Is The Fire Exit At My Hotel

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Magpie
Community Member
5 months ago

In Australia I could report that to local fire service.

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#48

My Lovely Motel. In Case Of Fire, You're Dead

My Lovely Motel. In Case Of Fire, You're Dead

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
5 months ago

THis looks like there was a fire here, and this did not help. It just burned. I would leave.

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#49

Breath Taking View Out Of My Hotel Window In Denver

Breath Taking View Out Of My Hotel Window In Denver

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Falkone
Community Member
5 months ago

Comfortable view

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#50

Really Regretting Looking Under The "Accent Rug" In The Hotel Room I've Been Staying At For The Last Week

Really Regretting Looking Under The "Accent Rug" In The Hotel Room I've Been Staying At For The Last Week

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Magpie
Community Member
5 months ago

? dog with anal glands problem?

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#51

Hotels' Shower Heads...

Hotels' Shower Heads...

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Neon Petra
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm sorry but this happens everywhere for me.

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#52

Trashcan In A Hotel In Sweden

Trashcan In A Hotel In Sweden

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Incognito
Community Member
5 months ago

"we need to be more eco-friendly for the customers" "ok, job's done boss"

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#53

Flight Delayed Another Day In Little Rock. My Shower Curtain At Hotel Near Airport

Flight Delayed Another Day In Little Rock. My Shower Curtain At Hotel Near Airport

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm shocked he was barefoot in that bathroom. I always bring a pair of flip flops or other sandals to wear in the bathroom/shower.

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#54

Just Arrived At My Hotel In My "Sea-Facing Room"

Just Arrived At My Hotel In My "Sea-Facing Room"

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Dee Hunter
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5 months ago

Sea facing is not "you can see water". It just means "water is in roughly that direction".

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#55

Hard Boiled Eggs From The Hotel’s Continental Breakfast That I Was Staying At

Hard Boiled Eggs From The Hotel’s Continental Breakfast That I Was Staying At

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Ana J
Community Member
5 months ago

That's dough.

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#56

On A Conference At My New Workplace. About To Share A Room With A Guy I've Never Met Before. Here's The View From The Beds To The Bathroom

On A Conference At My New Workplace. About To Share A Room With A Guy I've Never Met Before. Here's The View From The Beds To The Bathroom

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
5 months ago

There’s a roller blind at the top of that window there. Nothing to worry about.

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#57

The Water At My Hotel, Exactly How It Came Out Of The Tap

The Water At My Hotel, Exactly How It Came Out Of The Tap

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Beatrice Alighieri
Community Member
5 months ago

Complimentary jaundice water

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#58

Hotel In North Carolina, And The Shower Gave Your Skin A Nice Bronze Coloring

Hotel In North Carolina, And The Shower Gave Your Skin A Nice Bronze Coloring

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Mark
Community Member
5 months ago

Did they not advertise the free "tanning water"

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#59

A "Quality" Resort In Guyana

A "Quality" Resort In Guyana

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
5 months ago

i love it! : ) i honestly do! and, i can imagine myself using this against fire, but i cant imagine myself using the usual red thing against fire. although we had a course on how to do that

#60

Signed Mattress At A Motel, Which We Promptly Left After Finding This. Nope

Signed Mattress At A Motel, Which We Promptly Left After Finding This. Nope

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
Community Member
5 months ago

Everyone does this. Use sheets instead of raw matress

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#61

I’m 6’3 And This Is The Bath In My Hotel Room

I’m 6’3 And This Is The Bath In My Hotel Room

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Baba Caine
Community Member
5 months ago

Japan?

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#62

I Dropped My Phone In This Hotel Bathroom And Looked Over, Saw This Under The Sink. I Can’t Even Think Why Someone Would Hide These

I Dropped My Phone In This Hotel Bathroom And Looked Over, Saw This Under The Sink. I Can’t Even Think Why Someone Would Hide These

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Max L.
Community Member
5 months ago

I would investigate no further.

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#63

The Toilet In My Hotel

The Toilet In My Hotel

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Rowlie
Community Member
5 months ago

Why even bother?

#64

The Bathroom In My Hotel Room Is The Public Bathroom For The Entire Floor

The Bathroom In My Hotel Room Is The Public Bathroom For The Entire Floor

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Mark
Community Member
5 months ago

So do they have to come into your room to use the bathroom?

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#65

The Hotel's Steam Iron Spat Rust On My Shirt

The Hotel's Steam Iron Spat Rust On My Shirt

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
5 months ago

Shit! I hate when that happens. Always use the iron on a hotel towel before using it on your own clothes.

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#66

Does This Belong Here? The TV In My Friend's Hotel Room (And You Have To Pay 10€ Deposit For The Remote)

Does This Belong Here? The TV In My Friend's Hotel Room (And You Have To Pay 10€ Deposit For The Remote)

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Linda Something
Community Member
5 months ago

Note to self: Bring binoculars on trip.

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#67

Not Sure Where To Put This, But My Hotel Room Came With A Mirror That Doubles As A Table For Other Activities That I Guess The Previous Guest Used

Not Sure Where To Put This, But My Hotel Room Came With A Mirror That Doubles As A Table For Other Activities That I Guess The Previous Guest Used

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Max L.
Community Member
5 months ago

I happened to find the same looking substance in an office I was part time. Not sure how to handle the matter without conseguences, I just covered it with a cup used as pen holder and left. Not my problem.

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#68

Walked Into My Hotel Room

Walked Into My Hotel Room

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Walter Cheego
Community Member
5 months ago

Not sure what I'm looking at

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#69

I’m Staying In A Hotel In Los Vegas And This Is What I Found In The Closet I Hope The Sheets Are Clean

I’m Staying In A Hotel In Los Vegas And This Is What I Found In The Closet I Hope The Sheets Are Clean

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Monday
Community Member
5 months ago

Those seem sealed...in which case they're probably just complimentary.

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#70

These Pancakes At My Hotel This Morning

These Pancakes At My Hotel This Morning

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Monday
Community Member
5 months ago

I'd still eat it.

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#71

Moved The Couch In My Hotel Room And This Was Underneath

Moved The Couch In My Hotel Room And This Was Underneath