Naked guests running through hotel lobbies, a guest confusing a safe with a microwave and another's cat giving birth to seven kittens in a Barcelona hotel (that doesn't allow pets) are just a few of the hilarious events that have taken place in hotels around the world.
With the holiday season in full swing, hoteliers from Istanbul to Las Vegas are experiencing the funny, awkward and peculiar, as they remember moments of debauchery and scandal that have already taken centre stage in their hotels.
lastminute.com's Top Secret Hotel partners have seen it all - from celebrities meeting their secret lovers in bedrooms to a housekeeper making the acquaintance of the Secret Service after setting fire to the laundry of a presidential candidate.
If walls could talk – especially hotel walls! But as they don't, lastminute.com asked its hotel partners for some of their top secret hotel stories and they didn't hold back. The hotels gave an incredible sneak peek into the unbelievable events that have unfolded behind the closed doors of hotels.
Have a read of some of the most bizarre stories below and don't forget to leave a comment to tell us if you have witnessed anything weirder at a hotel.
Weird and funny hotel stories
Weird hotel stories: Yes, these really happened
A guest at a hotel in Edinburgh called reception from inside the room as he couldn't find the door to get out. The receptionist explained that there was only one door, to which the guest replied, “yes, but is has a do not disturb sign on it”.
At a four-star hotel in Milan, a couple arrived with a booking for a double room for two. A few minutes after checking in, the hotel staff were amazed to see the rest of the family trying to climb into the room over the balcony.
On the terrace of their room at a four-star hotel in New York, a loved-up couple got slightly too amorous, in full view of a board meeting that was being held in the opposite office block. One participant called the reception to complain about the passionate distraction. This clearly wasn’t on the meeting's agenda.
A four-star hotel in Las Vegas reported that a shark had managed to get into the swimming pool of the resort. Hotel staff snapped into action to ensure no gamblers had to play with their lives: a true story that was even on the news.
A guest at a hotel in Barcelona came to reception holding the TV remote control and asked hotel staff how a call could be made with this weird ‘telephone’
Staff of a hotel in Hamburg found a naked, drunk man on the floor of the lobby and put him in an empty room so he could recover. Thirty minutes later another naked, drunk man was found and put in the same room. It later turned out that they were father and son.
A hotel in Spain once had a super-important group of international generals as guests who accidentally left behind a case with an even more important communications device inside. Amazingly, it took a whole month for them to notice it was missing and call the hotel to locate their ‘lost luggage’.
The hotel director of a four-star hotel in Istanbul once had his brother staying in his hotel. He entered his room with a master key to hang out with his brother but found he wasn't there. While he waited for him he helped himself to the contents of the minibar, had a shower and a shave. It was only when the hotel room's occupant returned that the man realised It was not his brother. He was mortified at clearly getting the wrong room!
One early morning a hotel reception in Madrid got a call from a newly married man whose wedding was the previous night. When he woke up there was a man lying next to his wife in bed but neither of them knew who it was and they could not wake him up. It turned out it was a guest returning to the hotel after a night out, who was so drunk he went to what he thought was his room but was actually the unlocked door of the happily married couple.
In a four-star hotel in Dresden the restaurant manager, dressed in black, and the chef, clothed in white, knocked on the door of a room. The guest, an elderly gentleman, opened the door, looked at them saying “Oh, it’s not my time yet to die” and closed the door.
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Weird hotel stories: Yes, these really happened
One hotel guest was horrified to find that there appeared to be an all-out gang war outside the hotel she had booked in San Francisco. "The hotel wasn't in a very nice area," Ellie tells us. "We were warned to only head out one way when we left the hotel, and get a cab if we came back late at night. We only stayed two nights - that was enough!"
AJ says he once found cockroaches in a hotel bed. Nice.
While on a family holiday in Crete, Sarah said she experienced a "nightmare" of a kids' club."There was only one staff member. One day they dressed up the children as pirates - they had black eye patches and scars painted on their face - but to our horror it was done in permanent black marker pen! For the rest of the holiday (such as it was) we knew which children had been at the kids' club as they all had the remains of black eye patches and scars in varying stages of fading!"
Jill says: "ending up in A&E and getting my head glued and leg stitched when bricks fell out of the wall seven floors above" was her worst hotel experience.
The last thing you expect when checking into a hotel after a long day travelling is to be told you can't have a wash. But that's what happened to Jacqueline. "We were asked to stop using the shower as it was flooding reception," she tells us.
"My wife and I booked a lovely four-poster room all singing and dancing for the night of our wedding, only to be told on arrival they had double booked and we ended up in a grotty room in the new section with cars at eye level. We were not impressed but happily 10 years on this year and we're still married" - Pete
When Garry left his credit card details as a deposit at a hotel near Disneyland Paris, he didn't expect his bank to phone and question his overseas spending when he returned to the UK. "The only thing we purchased using our card were duty free cigarettes but there was a £1,500 bill," he said. "The reception staff had used our details to book flights to Nice..."
"A hotel in Glasgow had bare wires, badly fitted doors with a space at the bottom, black mould in the shower and too many other issues to mention," says Angela. "And to top it off, there was screaming and shouting, and someone loudly having sex at the back of the hotel. Despite the hotel's great location we never ever went back there."
Mark says his worst hotel experience was "being basically accused of nicking a 'butterfly print' from the walls of a five-star Paris hotel."
"No window, dirty, bed bugs and apparently I could book by the hour," Joan tells us of a hotel she once checked in to in Manchester.