Top 5 disturbing things hotel cleaning crews see (Warning: NSFW)

Recently there was a popular thread on Reddit focused on spilling the details of all the disturbing things that have been seen by housekeepers cleaning up hotel rooms. I put on my rubber gloves, adjusted my safety goggles, and held my nose before jumping into the 5300 comments so that I could present you with the TL;DR version of that thread.

So what disgusting things do the hotel cleaning staff have to deal with on a frequent basis? Put on your hazmat suit to read on.

#1 Shit.

Human waste (and sometimes dog and cat waste) was the most commonly reported thing that cleanup crews see. And not just a well placed turd on the nightstand, but feces smeared all over the rooms, walls, ceilings. It’s not possible to read the entire Reddit thread without seriously questioning what is wrong with humanity. Seriously, I could have made items 1 through 5 all about shit, but I’m collapsing them all into this single topic.

#2 Blood.

Blood is another very common sight that disturbs the hardiest of cleaning staff. Sometimes it’s the innocent blood of a woman unexpectedly getting her period, or a guy having a massive nocturnal nosebleed. Or sometimes it’s the grisly aftermath of a fight (or murder… see item 5). Regardless, the story of bloody tampons stashed in the bed is one that will leave your stomach a bit queasy.

#3 Vomit.

Hotel rooms are notoriously good places to throw a party, and with massive consumption of alcohol comes massive expulsion of vomit for some people. One cleaner quit her job when she entered a particularly trashed bathroom that somehow had vomit on the ceiling as well. Non-hotel maids chimed in with stories of their own about how they would go to a client’s home to clean and be faced with day-old vomit that wasn’t cleaned up because they knew the maid was coming the next day. Aren’t people awesome?

#4 Sexual fluids.

One of the other common uses for hotel rooms is to do the dirty deed— either alone, with one partner, or with many. One courteous gentleman told his hotel cleaner that he left her a tip on the mirror… which ended up being covered in semen. There were lots of stories about used condoms littered throughout the rooms, and one tale of inadvertently walking in on an orgy porn shoot.

#5 Dead bodies.

Sadly, hotel rooms are also frequently used as a spot to off oneself, and hotel cleaning crews are the ones to find the suicides and clean up the aftermath. There’s also the occasional murder, and one gruesome discovery of ten severed heads (although that guy was supposedly just defrosting them for the next day’s dissection at a cadaver lab). And sometimes older people check into hotels in order to attend crucial doctor’s appointments that they miss when they die in their sleep.

Other notable mentions

In addition to all the dying, pooping, bleeding, vomiting, and sex people are having in hotels, there were a number of other strange tales that caught our attention because of their sheer weirdness. Some of our favorites:

  • Entire room covered in paper towels. “Everything was covered. The bed, the chairs, the floor. Not horrific, but weird.”
  • Two men so distraught that the hotel maid turned down their generous offer to have sex that they smashed up boxes of Cheez-its and ground them into the carpet.
  • A manila folder with print-outs from DeviantArt of celebrities with their noses morphed to be really large, [and] a single wingtip shoe with tons of cum inside.”
  • Four women in Anchorage gutting a seal in their room
  • A prosthetic leg left behind in an armoire

The posters who were hotel staff mentioned that they enjoyed all the beer, wine, and alcohol that guests leave behind, but they really enjoy cash tips more than anything. After reading this thread and questioning the basic humanity of the world, I’m convinced more than ever that we need to treat these service workers with the utmost respect and kindness. Tip your housekeepers, and don’t do anything in a hotel room that you wouldn’t do at home.

One thought

  1. Oh my, I am glad I am not a hotel maid — imagine the trauma the person who discovered ten severed heads must have gone through! Even if you discovered later that it was for a cadaver lab, that image must stick to your ummm head for a long long time!

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