When a traveler climbed into their hotel bed after a long day, they certainly got more than they bargained for. In fact, as the tourist in question peeled back their bed sheets, they were in for a shock. There was a note hidden between the linen – and it has gone on to cause quite a stir.
Hygiene in hotels can be a real bugbear, with so many people coming and going through their doors. Nevertheless, what this person discovered was enough to make any visitor’s skin crawl. Indeed, the note may have prompted people on the internet to think twice about where they rest their heads.
And not only has the note taken the web by storm, but it has also caused more disturbing revelations to emerge. In fact, the simple message, just 12 words long, caused alarm and disgust to ripple through the internet.
The note in question had been written by hand on the hotel’s own headed notepaper. Furthermore, the now-notorious message was subsequently discovered between the sheets of a bed that was freshly made. Or so the traveler had thought, at least.
The sheet of paper displayed the following words, “If you’re reading this, then housekeeping did not change your sheets!” It had clearly been left by the previous person to stay there and provided an equally straightforward message. This room appeared not to have been cleaned even to the most basic standards.
There is still a degree of mystery surrounding the note, as it was shared anonymously and the identity of the hotel in question has yet to be revealed. In addition, after their Reddit post featuring the note went viral, the user subsequently deleted their account on the website.
Nevertheless, the notion that basic standards of hygiene had been neglected in the hotel seemed to provoke quite the response from fellow Redditors. In particular, they shared their own experiences of dirty hotel rooms, perhaps proving as a result that the original poster’s experience hadn’t been a one-off moment of neglect.
What’s more, guests weren’t the only ones sharing their most disturbing stories on the site; hotel workers also joined in. In addition, maids and cleaners have disclosed some of their worst work secrets on the app Whisper – anonymously, of course.
One person wrote in a post on Whisper, “I’m a maid at a hotel, and sometimes when I’m lazy I reuse the sheets on the bed and make them look nice. I always feel bad for the next people.” Idleness and time-saving seemed to be behind this maid’s shortcuts. Still, at least they admitted to feeling bad.
And, rather disturbingly, that hotel worker was not alone in revealing their dirty secret. Another poster on the app, for instance, confessed that the hotel they worked at washed blankets just once a year. Meanwhile, a cleaner also admitted that they just remade used beds in order to cut their workload in half.
Hairs that might have given future visitors a clue about these shortcuts were apparently brushed away with a lint roller by the offending employee. So, what else was being hidden within hotel rooms? Well, Redditors confirmed what could be some people’s worst hygiene nightmares.
One poster on the site revealed, for example, that once their hotel room had not only contained an unmade bed, but also a TV that was blaring as the guest entered the room. No one was staying there – housekeeping had simply neglected to clean any part of their new room or even switch the TV set off.
And even though some Redditors questioned the authenticity of the original note, these confessions and stories still made for shocking and entertaining reading. From discovering condoms to finding half-empty bottles of alcohol, each post conjured up an appalling image.
One poster revealed that a loved one had even found feces in a rubbish bin; others, meanwhile, said that they had discovered used underwear upon entering their new hotel room. What’s more, when a Redditor who had found underwear in their room brought the matter to the hotel staff’s attention, they subsequently refused to admit that mistakes had been made.
And, seemingly inspired by the original image, Reddit users also pledged to write and hide their own notes within hotel sheets. Keen to add a personal touch, some imaginative endings were posted online. One Redditor commented, “Be sure to add, ‘and I mean, there is just semen everywhere. Everywhere.’”
On Whisper, meanwhile, hotel employees have admitted to even more tricks of the trade – again, sometimes rather repulsive ones. “I work at a hotel and sometimes work room service. We never bring or buy lunch because we pick off of the plates before they go up,” one said. Another added, “I work at a hotel, and when people are being obnoxious late at night, we replace their sheets with the most repulsive person’s sheets.”
The discovery of the original note, however, is sure to stay in that person’s memory for a long time. What’s more, hundreds of people subsequently wrote about their experiences and many more have since read the post – several of whom, perhaps, will be that little bit warier before checking in the next time.
Still, the revelations on Reddit and Whisper have also made another thing clear – being polite to hotel workers is key to having a happy stay. In fact, it appears that if you’re going to be rude to staff in the hospitality sector, then you may come across some unpleasant surprises. Even worse, you may not even know they’re there.
Even if you’re perfectly pleasant to hotel workers, though, there’s still the possibility that your room is grubbier than you’d like to think. And it’s certainly disconcerting to know that your hotel room might not even conform to basic levels of cleanliness.
Indeed, while people’s online confessions about what they’ve found in hotels, or what they do to cut corners, are entertaining, they also show the many ways in which hotel rooms can become messy and unsanitary places. They might even give you pause for thought before you book that next trip away from home.