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If you've traveled for business or pleasure, you've probably spent time in a hotel. If you're a fan of horror stories, you've seen plenty that involve hotels too.

So which is it: home away from home or den of iniquity? According to these behind the scenes stories from hotel employees, maybe a little of both.

What's a Coverlet and Why Can't I Touch It?

i worked at a hotel before. depending on the hotel, they don't wash the coverlets very often so i never let them touch my face. hotels are kind of gross when you think about it....

...I know many people are grossed out that they aren't always changed but again they are not meant to be used as a blanket. There is a large warm blanket underneath with the sheets that is supposed to be used. Every single person who travels knows the horror stories accompanied with bed covers, so the right thing to do is to fold it and place is on the floor or chair....

...Two things I just learned: 1. Don't touch the coverlet. 2. It's called a coverlet.

What's a Coverlet and Why Can't I Touch It?
You Don't Want to Know

If you book a jacuzzi, be warned, the jet system is often completely clogged up with really nasty gunk.

...You don't wanna know what they do with the showers. Or don't do, rather

You Don't Want to Know
Maybe Stick With the Disposable Cups

...The glasses... are not always washed since the cleaners are in a hurry, often they are just held under the tap and rinsed (if even that). Check for lip prints....

...As an ex housekeeper we used to wash the glasses in the bathroom sink and dry them with a clean pillow case.
If they looked unused they wouldn't get washed.

Well my aunt used to be a maid and she said the grossest thing they would do that she was like WTF? Was:" Do you know the water glasses that are next to the ice chest? They never really take those back to a place to get washed. They just have a rag that they carry to wipe them out with".

Maybe Stick With the Disposable Cups
$20 Can Get a Lot

I'm a bellman and valet at a three-star resort Hilton in Arizona. I can give you free water bottles, tampons, valet parking, tours, shuttle rides, reservations, dry cleaning, hell even an upgrade to a better room if you just ASK ME. Butttt no one ever does cuz they think I'm just a doorman...

Bellmen... have good connections with housekeeping, room service, the kitchen etc. I will say befriending the bellman will only be beneficial for you. If you give me a $20, I promise I'll remember you and hook you up. TO APPROACH ME GIVE ME MONEY. Consider it like an investment....

...Always tip your housekeeper on multiple night stays, they will remember you and they will pay more attention to your room until you leave.

$20 Can Get a Lot
Maybe You CAN Get Those Sexual Favors

I work in a 5-star hotel located in central Hong Kong. Yes, we have to comply with any request if the guest is considered a VIP. Not sure if this is interesting to you guys but we do have contact with locals when prostitution is needed.

We simply make a phone call and girls will be delivered faster than pizza. No, I ain't sh--ting you.

Maybe You CAN Get Those Sexual Favors
Beware the Minibar, and Not Just the Prices

Check the seals on the things in the minibar. I once had a guest who had drunk the whiskey and then peed in the bottle, closed it, and put it back.

Beware the Minibar, and Not Just the Prices
As Clean as It Can Get, in the Time Allowed

I've worked as a chambermaid and the job itself I don't mind (although I've seen some disgusting things) but you have a time limit for each room. I hated leaving a room not fully cleaned but there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. I tried explaining this to the manager there and he basically said if I needed x amount of time on a room I had 2 options: work through my break to spend longer on each room or be replaced by someone else. So I stopped bothering to check under the beds or mattresses and only cleaned what you could see....
Edit: thought it might be interesting to mention that I also worked in a youth hostel for a while; time limits were NEVER even brought up there and that was by far the cleanest place I've chambermaided in.

As Clean as It Can Get, in the Time Allowed
There's a Reason What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

I worked at the MGM in Las Vegas for 7 or so years. There are A LOT of people who make Vegas their last wish. There are many, many deaths weekly throughout the 5000 room hotel.

There's a Reason What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas
You Never Know What Horrors Await the Chambermaid

Currently a night auditor for a large hotel chain. Recently (about a month ago) a lady had a miscarriage in one of our bath tubs. She didn't say anything and left us to find it on our own...

You Never Know What Horrors Await the Chambermaid
Well, It IS a Bed

Little would you know how many people had sex on your bed....

...But....they're always cleaned after? Right? Right!?

Well, It IS a Bed
No Sexual Favors, But You Can Get a Cookie

I stayed on the "club" level of the Ritz once and the butler guys in the club would say yes to just about anything I'd ask (it was all free in there). Can I have 2 redbull vodkas, a jack and coke and a warm chocolate chip cookie?
My pleasure sir.
I asked if they ever said no. His response was "We aren't allowed to perform sexual favors and we can't sell you drugs but what you do in your room is your business."

No Sexual Favors, But You Can Get a Cookie
Never Judge a Guest by Their Appearance

A guest in a central hotel in Stockholm showed up in a suit and with a briefcase, very proper. Paid in cash up front. Said bye the next day when he checked out. When the cleaners later came into the room the walls where smeared with feces. Top to bottom.

Never Judge a Guest by Their Appearance
Clothing Optional

Use a towel or sheet on the chairs or sofa, a LOT of people sit on them naked.

Clothing Optional
Celebrities Can be Demanding?

I worked at a 5 star hotel for a few years... I did get to meet a lot of really famous people (Sandra Bullock, Jesse James, Mariah Carey, George W. Bush, Jamie Fox, etc.).

You know Mariah Carey made us empty 5 rooms for her hair and make up to be done in, she had ten rooms rented for her hair and make up people to stay in, another 10 rooms for her security, and 5 rooms just to hold all her clothes and stuff. Also, we had to black out all her windows, install a door with no peep hole and put 15 humidifiers in her room....

Celebrities Can be Demanding?
Read the Fine Print

Read the fine print when you book a room. 95% of the time, you are only guaranteed A ROOM and you may not end up getting the king or double you booked. Don't be the last of the scheduled arrivals and pissed off when your room isn't exactly what you booked. Show up early and you'll get the room you wanted though. Because of this, I've always made it a habit to show up before 6PM at any other hotel that I have booked.

Read the Fine Print
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