Hotel workers share grim job secrets – from bed bugs to gross glasses in rooms

Many of us have become more concerned about hygiene during the coronavirus pandemic.

So if you’re thinking of booking a trip away, you should probably know that hotels aren’t always as clean as they seem.

In an eye-opening Reddit thread posted earlier this month, hospitality workers dished up stomach-churning things they’d seen at work.

On the forum, a commenter asked: “People who work at 5 Star Hotels: what type of s*** goes on that management doesn’t want people to know?”

More than 13,800 people responded to the question – and many had wild stories to tell.

Here are the most jaw-dropping confessions – from bed bugs to dirty glasses…

Think before you drink

Always wash glasses in your room before drinking from them.

A Redditor said: "Never trust glass in rooms.

"Cleaning staff are so stretched thin on time that they will clean the glasses with the same rags they clean the bathroom, after all their goal is to make the room look clean.

"I worked as a cleaner in a five star for years and there was over a year period that went by where we didn’t get a clean glass delivery.

"We didn’t have dishwashers in the room, so management was complicit. This was in a five diamond, one of the top resorts in the world."

Choc horror

You may want to avoid chocolate fountains too!

A commenter said: "Picture this: it’s an expensive Sunday brunch.

“Well little Timmy just fisted strawberries directly into that chocolate, bit into both strawberries then triple dipped into the chocolate again.

“Some old rich lady just sneezed on it, and somebody else just dropped their snack into it.

"The best part: that chocolate gets strained and saved for the next weeks brunch.

“Chocolate is way too expensive to throw away. Chocolate also does this thing where it’ll seize if it has the wrong moisture content, from people dipping fruit, and the juices going into the chocolate.

"So it’ll get so thick it won’t run through the machine. Wanna know how they fix that? They add canola oil until it’s smooth again."

Bug off

According to a hospitality worker, bed bugs are more common than you think.

But if you’re cautious, you can catch them before coming into contact with them.

They said: "Tip about bedbugs: when you arrive NEVER put your luggage on the bed.

"When you arrive, keep lights off, put luggage in bathroom, and then at the head of the mattress peel back the sheets and mattress pad.

“Bedbugs tend to congregate there, but scatter when there is light. If you find bedbugs, you can request another room."

Dead gross

Try not to think about who has stayed in the same room as you – it may give you chills.

A Redditor revealed: “Dead people.

“In some places there's a reasonable chance somebody has died in your bed.

“Obviously it varies with the type of hotel and its clientele, but some places you get deaths weekly (not that the hotel is unsafe but unfit old people over exerting themselves).

“One place I worked maybe 40% of the beds had been died in.”

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Buzz kill

Another commenter said: “We don’t want you to know that the people who stayed in the room before you were nasty.

“Housekeeping gets the brunt of it. I’ve seen them carry out bags of used sex toys, peel used condoms off of every surface, and scrub s*** – actual human (presumably) s*** – off places there’s no reason for human s*** to be.”


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