Reddit user BlundeRuss asked: 'What’s the first thing you do when you get into a hotel room?'
My family went on a lot trips when I was young, and we always stayed in hotel rooms. Around the time my brother and I were old enough to stay in a room by ourselves (our parents would stay in another one, usually across the hall), he also became a bit of a germaphobe.
At the time, I actually believed hotels changed the sheets on the beds daily, so when my brother fretted about the cleanliness of the hotels, I reassured him they were fine. He believed me at first, since I was his big sister, but by the time he was 12, he got suspicious.
During one of our trips, he decided to test this by making a mark on his pillow cover with a pen and turning the pillow cover inside out before we left for sightseeing the next morning. When we returned, he turned the pillow cover back, and his mark was still there, proving that the sheets hadn't been changed. He only had to do this one more time, during our next trip, for me to realize this wasn't a one-off.
Ever since, and even now in adulthood, my brother and I always intentionally spill something on our sheets during our first night in order to get clean sheets, at least for the duration of our stay. This, in fact, is the first thing we do.
I'm not the only person who does something a bit quirky like this when they first enter a hotel rooms. Plenty or Redditors have stories about this and are ready to share.
It all started when Redditor BlundeRuss asked:
"What’s the first thing you do when you get into a hotel room?"
Preparing For Sights
"Go to the balcony to see if it's going to be public nudity or private nudity during my morning coffee."
"I love that this doesn’t change your plans, just prepares your mind. Excellence."
Show Me The Truth
"Put my bags up on something and check the mattress. I also bought a UV flashlight but after using it at home I’ve decided that bringing it to a hotel would be unnecessary torture. Nothing is clean when you shine the thing on it. And I mean nothing."
"One of my close friends travels a ton for business. She also loves to sleep in a f**king ice box."
"She has found some resource for how to basically jailbreak hotel thermostats. Each hotel thermostat has a specific key sequence that unlocks the lower temps that the hotel normally doesn’t allow guests to set because, you know, money."
"I do this in every hotel."
"Set bags down."
"Look at room for cleanliness."
"Take a dump."
"I showed up early to a hotel after 12 hours straight of driving. Took forever for them to get me in the room (really it was probably only 30 minutes and they were super accommodating)."
"Anyways, I had been feeling the tyrannical gouging of a sh*t demon trying to claw it's way out for about half an hour beforehand. I ran down the hall, opened the door, threw my bag at something, and was kinda hovering over the toilet just in time. Hadn't put cheek to rim yet and my darling baby began his exit."
"It wasn't until after I looked up that I realized neither door was the self-closing kind and you could see all the way in from the hallway."
"You’ve unlocked a childhood memory. I stayed in a lot of hotels while growing up and I saw someone in your position once, trail of belongings leading to the toilet. So I went and shut the door for him."
"Find the bible and flip through it. When my sister and I were kids, we went to Disney, and I think she asked why is there always a bible in the drawer, waved it by the spine and 20 bucks fell out. So I always check now."
"I found $100 that way. 5 crisp 20's,. I was pretty broke at the time too."
"First, I look at the area between the mattress and headboard for any signs of bed bugs, then under the sheets. I’ve never encountered them, but I’ve heard so many horror stories that I’m paranoid about them."
"As someone who worked in hotels, I always double check the door locks and then inspect for bed bugs."
"Look for cameras. I'm a paranoid f**k."
"If anyone wants to see an overweight guy in his mid-40s eat pringles in his underwear while reading Stephen King novels, then they have my flabby white blessing."
"They sell surprisingly easy to use scanners on Amazon. I found a camera in an air bb bedroom alarm clock, threw a towel over it and got the whole stay for free. Some will detect signals but the best way is there’s a looking glass that’s red and it emits a light and you turn off all the lights and look around the room. Any active camera will shine like a cats eyes when you skim over it."
The Things We Find
"I check in odd places to see if anyone stashed drugs or money. You would be surprised at all the sh*t I’ve found over the years!"
"We found an axe under the bed once."
"Yank the comforter off the bed and throw it in the corner. they rarely wash those things."
"I discovered this recently while calling home to say good night to everyone. Dried food stuck to the comforter. Threw that bad boy off the bed."
"I cleaned an air BnB for a little while and I was so disturbed when they told me they didn't wash the comforter because hotels don't.... Like I guess I get it because they're heavy and they're trying to save water on the washes but yuck dude... Cleaning that air Bnb made me NEVER want to book one because of the sh*t the owners wouldn't LET me clean... I don't think I'd ever survive as a maid for a hotel, I could never travel again lol."
It's A Process
"Make a condom for the TV remote control. Take the ice bag from the ice bucket and put the remote in it. Now I never have to touch the remote."
"I'm sure disinfectant wipes could do the job."
Check For Monsters...People Monsters
"Make sure no one is hiding under the bed or in the bathroom 😂😅"
"I travel a lot for work…and I’m shocked no one else mentioned this. First I check the closet, under the bed, the bathroom for a hiding serial killer…then check the mattress for bedbugs…"
Today I Learned
"Check for cleanliness and then take pictures Traffickcam."
"Traffickcam is an app where you take specific pictures of your room and then upload them to their database. They use these pictures to check on the location of human trafficking victims."
"Take a picture of the room and post it on the Trafickcam app so if the room or similar has been used by human traffickers maybe it will help find someone."
And thanks to those last two stories, I'm a little scared to stay in another hotel.
I love staying in hotels.
There is such a freedom to act in any foolish way you want.
We shouldn't. Just because we're in a hotel the rules of basic human decency still apply.
But we tend to ignore that fact.
No wonder hotel rooms are so expensive.
Redditor HarryHolmes68 wanted to hear some confessions about our behvior when not at home. They asked:
"What something you do in a hotel room you’d never do at home?"
As soon as I enter a hotel room, I put the air on basically 0. I have no electric bill there and I like it freezing.
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"As a former housekeeper at a resort hotel, I’m dying inside at some of you savages."
"Inspect the sheets thoroughly."
"Last time I was in a hotel, I didn’t do this and by the time I got into bed at midnight I started freaking out because thought I felt bugs crawling on me."
"Turned on the light, inspected the sheets. Nope. Pubic hairs and crumbs. Too tired to find a new hotel, I went downstairs and asked for a clean set of sheets, remade the bed, and slept like crap. Was gonna shower but the bathroom made me feel like I’d end up dirtier. I still don’t like ya Indiana."
"Use that white hand towel as a bath mat."
"I make a trail of towels from the door to the shower if I'm anywhere near a beach. I don't like tracking sand everywhere. Also the carpet is filthy."
"Usually there’s a towel on the side of the tub or on a towel rack, specifically meant to be laid down as a shower rug. Even at the cheap hotels. I traveled for work, and wasn’t given much for hotels. So I had to stretch them Pennies."
"Eat pizza in bed naked while watching cable tv."
"TIPS: when traveling solo, always pick a room with two beds. That way you have an eating bed and a sleeping bed. It’s the closest we’ll get to royalty, folks."
"Your tip is also valid when traveling with a sexual partner. One bed for clean activities, one bed for dirty activities."
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"Fill up the sink with ice and beers."
"Fridge is never cold enough!"
People really do live it up with the towels don't they? It's towelpalooza!
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"Throw my towels on the floor without fear of reprisal."
"You cover the entire bathroom floor with towels. It's great."
"Tolerate a bunch of loud strangers galloping down the halls at 3 am."
"God forbid there's a hockey tournament. The parents let their kids set up mini sticks and nets and play in the hallways. It's really nice when you're working nights. Hockey parents can go to hell."
"It's me, the loud stranger. Had someone open their door once and do the loudest 'shhhhh' whisper I've ever heard in my life."
"I don't typically steal my own soap."
"I have a travel kit that has like a dozen different soaps and mini shampoos in it from hotels over the past decade. I never actually use them because every time I go somewhere they have stuff there, which I also steal."
"The cost of the soaps are included in your rate. So technically when you check out, you're paying for them."
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"Worry that someone peed in:"
"The coffee maker, The Iron, The Bed, The Refigerator... I have trust issues."
"Use all the towels."
"Fresh towel for every thing. It's so wasteful but I figure they usually throw them all in the laundry anyway whether used or not after you stay."
"Also take super long showers because they don't run out of warm water (according to a friend who uses the actual shower in his hotel room as a sound machine)."
"Eat in bed."
"Yup especially if I have 2 queen beds- one for eating, one for sleeping. So luxurious. Also, stack all the pillows around me like a fort for sleeping."
"Hubs and I have discovered the joy of the bed picnic while on holiday. We go to the grocery and get snacky type food like hummus, pretzels, dips, berries, carrot chips, cheese and whatever else looks good. Then we take the comforter off the bed, undress, and have a naked bed picnic, usually while watching a movie we've seen a few times. Soooo nice and unlike home, I don't care if I get berry juice or hummus on my sheets."
"Enjoy the view of a foreign downtown skyline."
"This is one of the few things that I can do from home! Big sailboat is my home; last week was Miami. Definitely a foreign downtown skyline to me, seen from my home."
"Mr. Moneybags over here with a downtown view."
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"Watch TV. I don't have cable at home so sometimes I'll flip on cartoon network and just watch it the whole time while doing other stuff."
"I've put on Cartoon Network in a hotel room as background noise to fall asleep to, only to wake up at 5 am to Inuyasha as I go to take a leak."
"I used to stay at a downtown Four Seasons hotel 60-90 days per year, for work. Every day, like a ritual, I would collect the high end soaps, lotion, q-tips, sewing kit, and unused shampoo & conditioner. By the end of the stay, I would have a huge box of high end L’occitane toiletries, which I would donate to the local Women’s shelter."
Be a Kid
"Jump on the bed. I am 40 years old and I launch myself onto every bed at every hotel room I stay at."
"When he walked into his first hotel room, I told my 3 year old 'the first rule of hotels is, you are allowed to jump on the bed.' One of the brightest smiles I've ever seen."
"My mom told me the exact same thing once. 30 seconds later I broke the light hanging from the ceiling with my head. I was not allowed to jump on the beds anymore."
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"Leave dirty towels on the floor."
"Don’t make the bed."
"Take forever in the shower."
"Never take out the trash."
"You know… hooligan crap."
In the Buff
"Walk around naked and leave the tv on in the background (I don't have cable at home)."
"YES!!! Lounging around naked not a care in the world is one perk of being in a hotel!"
Sounds like we all love hotels. We certainly live it up.