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10 Things Everyone Does in a Hotel Room But Won’t Admit

June 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (19)

Let's just get it all out there in the open today. Here are 10 Things Everyone Does in a Hotel Room But Won’t Admit. Confessing our sins to one another will cleanse us from all unrighteousness, right? Eh, whatever. You paid for the room, go wild!

1. Steals the toiletries, even the no-name ones: Because what if you run out of shampoo or conditioner at home and can't get to the drugstore before your next shower? Also, because deep down you're a hoarder.

2. Pays $4 for a candy bar: Especially after long flights. Damn you, Snickers. And Kit Kat, too.

3. Walks around naked: Why not? So long as we're not doing sex acts in front of the High Line, it's more than ok to walk around naked in our room. And so long as the curtains are closed.

4. Stiffs the housekeeper: Whether you forgot, didn't have enough cash on you or simply didn't even know this was a common practice, everyone stiffs the housekeeper sometimes. We say just double-up the next time for good karma's sake.

5. Uses towels only once: Like we said yesterday, we re-use our towels at home. Can't we take a break from this once in a while?

6. Leaves the room service table in the hallway without calling housekeeping: "Oh that's weird. We called housekeeping hours ago to remove the tray." Suuuuurreee you did.

7. Wrecks the furniture: Hopefully, the hotel won't notice the sneaker prints. Or the broken vase stashed in the closet. Or the red wine stain on the desk chair.

8. Throttles the hotel's WiFi network: Because you just had to download episodes of Game of Thrones (in HD!) during your stay, didn't you?

9. Leaves without checking out: We used to have a clear conscience about this one but some commenters have made us rethink the hotel version of the "Irish Goodbye."

10. Paid $16.99 + tax to watch a movie: You probably should have just streamed it from Netflix instead. Unless it was an adult movie. Heh. Don't worry, the checkout out bill usually doesn't list the movie title, so you're in the clear.

What else do you do in a hotel room but are afraid to admit? Tell us in comments below! You're secret is safe with us...and a few hundred thousand readers.

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Another one--wasting water

A commenter on HotelChatter's Facebook page mentioned this one: Waste water with multiple bathtub soaks and showers.

Furniture Walking !!

I definitely dance on the bed sometimes. And I've totally walked on the couch! :)

okay okay

I admit to all EXCEPT 9 & 10. Never ever.

#3 is hard in NYC

Every damned window faces someone else's living room 5ft away or office space and sometimes/most times you forget to close the curtains. There's no naked freedom in these here hotels! Luckily giving birth with strange people around me means I don't give a monkey's uncle about it anymore.


If hotels want me to stop by the front desk while checking out, then stop putting the receipt under the door.

#6 is gonna happen if it takes days to pick up

I confess I am a bit of a neat freak, but I also try to be patient when it comes to removing my room service tray. A few hours or even through morning, I can handle staring at the dirty tray in my room. But on more than one occasion, housekeeping has come and gone only to leave the tray behind FOR DAYS. That requires drastic measures, hence the act of #6: leaving the tray in the hall.

#6 is not housekeeping's job

Room service is the place to call to have your tray picked up (they delivered the food!).  If you've been calling housekeeping, that might explain why the tray doesn't get picked up...

Room service v. Housekeeping

That's true, room service is usually responsible for picking up the tray. But I often find housekeeping picks it up faster. But if room service tells you to call them to remove the tray, then that's probably who you should call.

I have a valid excuse

I used to do #1 every time - but only because my (now retired) boss was involved with an organization that collected them to send to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Just because you're defending freedom doesn't mean your hair can't be styling AND profiling while you're at it.

As for #4, I used to leave a lump sum amount when I left - until somebody pointed out that the crew that works the last day I'm there isn't the one that was there when I first arrived.

I freely admit to #s....

....1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10.

Variation on #1

For many years I have tried to schedule multi-week cross-count(ries) motorcycle road trips each summer that would see me in a new room almost every night.

Although I freely confess to taking the toiletries, I would always leave last night's score neatly set out in my next hotel room, so that Vancouver's were left in Banff, and Banff's were left in Glacier and Glacier's were left in Jackson Hole and so on.

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11. Left the tap water open in the night and the room floor was completely filled with water in the morning. So when I was sure that there will be a fight  with the hotel management so I broke the water pipe in the washroom & told the management that how would I know that this was broken?

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I admit #1,3,4,5,6,7 and 8. I also do rolls on the bed. <a href="http://www.els.eu">http://www.els.eu</a>

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I love to poop in the upper tank. And not flush.


Some of the customers just do not have the conscience and others are just ignorant about how hotel as a customer works out. - M Citi Suites Cebu

All true

Great post-  I'm just curious why the calendar in the picture for no. 9 says April 35th.

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I walked out of the room once with the tv remote in my sweatshirt pocket.. luck wise I noticed this before leaving the casino and gave it to one of the maid's.. I wouldn't wanna guess how much the casino would have a field day with my wallet when it came up missing during cleaning lol..

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