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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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year ago

Dude...run...

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#20

Walked Into My Hotel Room

Walked Into My Hotel Room

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morgan jeffries
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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.

Belinda Crum
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly. We've experienced this at the hotel I work at. Busted pipes in the winter, doesn't mean it's a bad hotel, just bad luck like you said.

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eliana
Community Member
1 year ago

indoor swimming pool

A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Free shared shower included

LychnisFulgens
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a body wrapped in foil fell from the ceiling.

boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

yes. with long hair and the hair is still tied up

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Walter Cheego
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1 year ago

They were filming Titanic

Tara
Community Member
1 year ago

Did you check right back out?

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 year ago

We were flying to Bonaire, a little island off the coast of Venezuela. Took 12 hours to get there..we get to the airport (we were the only ones on the plane with our trunks of camera equipment for underwater filming. The plane landed and dropped us off, and off they went. NO ONE at the airport. We finally got two taxis, and they took us to our resort...and I am being charitable. It had been storming all day. The owner of the resort was so drunk he could not walk. He saw us and said "GO HOME--EVERYTHING IS LOST." Apparently the storm ripped the dock off the side of the sea cliff, so no shore diving. We were beyond pissed. We told him that we were here to work for a Canadian film company who always stayed here, and we were not moving. We went to ones of the casitas, which had about a foot of water in it. We always went prepared and got some mops and brooms and plastic for the windows. It was even worse than this photo. The next day we called our director and he was furious!

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Hopefully the pipe broke right there since it’s the bottom floor lol

Jaybird3939
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks like a dead body wrapped in plastic!

Jeremy Porter
Community Member
1 year ago

The swimming pool might be out of service...

Nico Viola
Community Member
1 year ago

i legit thought someone was sitting there crying on the floor

Aunt Messy
Community Member
1 year ago

You didn't walk right back out the door?

boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

ccoool

Thomas Turnbull
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1 year ago

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Carole Gleed
Community Member
1 year ago

Saves using the shower.

Teri Donovan
Community Member
1 year ago

Hopefully you were staying Upstairs??

Robert Greisberg
Community Member
1 year ago

On the set of Titanic 2

Honey
Community Member
1 year ago

Ya that's just a simple bummer & glad it didn't happen in your room.

Theresa Tzitzira
Community Member
1 year ago

Similar accident occurred to me in Tel-Aviv: a spare water tank located above my room grew a rather large slot during the night and all the 3000 lts. leaked above the ceiling of my room. I woke up because of the dripping on my head, it was dripping right through the light fixture... The floor was already flooded with some 5 cm water and the ceiling had some massive stains of humidity on it.... there was no room available in the entire city (there was a major exhibition being held at that period) so they worked overtime to fix the damage and didn't charge me for that night.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

Do they supply scuba gear???

Magriet Perold
Community Member
1 year ago

Yikes! Reminds me of "that" scene in Breaking Bad... So it COULD be worse. ;)

Matilda Gross
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that a dead body lying on the floor?

KCN
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope the heck out of there.

A message
Community Member
1 year ago

Ghosts.

I'm.in.wonderland
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought that was a body for a sec... lol

Shelley Jennings
Community Member
1 year ago

If it was maintained, it wouldn't have fuckt through the ceiling...

Belinda Crum
Community Member
1 year ago

Being maintained has nothing to do with a busted pipe. I work at a hotel and our pipes ate insulated and still will freeze and bust if it's super cold outside. Doesn't mean it's a bad hotel.

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LRevello
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1 year ago

in the Bahamas?

brandon sat
Community Member
1 year ago

was it during a hurricane?

Aidyn06
Community Member
1 year ago

walk away

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

Did you check right back out?

beloved
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1 year ago

Lol!!!!

Kjorn
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1 year ago

incident could happen

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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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Thomas Turnbull
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1 year ago

at least its not dirty toilet paper (or is it?)

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#36

Do Not Flip Over Your Motel Matress

Do Not Flip Over Your Motel Matress

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FloC
Community Member
1 year ago

Did someone got murdered here ????

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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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Again beer coming out taps WHO CAN COMPLAIN

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