15 Travelers Share Their Worst Bed And Breakfast Experiences So You Don't Make The Same Mistakes

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Travelers: vote up the worst B&B experiences that would have you leave early.

When you think of a Bed and Breakfast, does your mind go directly to a peaceful, comforting and quiet place? Well, these B&B horror stories might change your mind. These Redditors are revealing all in their traveling tales so you can learn from them and avoid repeating these bed and breakfast stories. And if you're planning on staying in a hotel, make sure you check out some terrible hotel stories as well.


  • 1
    98 VOTES

    Found A Two Way Mirror

    From Redditor u/TheLovelyGrimm:

    My mother and I were on a road trip to San Diego and she was always really paranoid about staying in hotels, mostly that someone might be watching through a camera or two-way mirror.

    It was a long drive and we had to stop so we stopped at a local bed and breakfast which I thought was much creepier than a hotel. We check in with this older man and get to the room. My mom is a really paranoid person, she had kind of a routine when we stayed somewhere.

    First, she checks the restroom, looked in the toilet and showed to cameras. Second, she checked the fire detectors for them or any audio recording. Last she would check the mirror by turning off all the lights in the room and turning a flashlight to the mirrors. That's when she saw the small room on the other side, only about the size of a closet. We left immediately before even saying anything to the man. We slept in the car that night.

    98 votes
  • 2
    72 VOTES

    Secret Doors And Sudden Appearances

    From Redditor u/redraymus:

    A friend and I once stayed at a pretty fancy B&B for the night. The lady who owned it was absolutely lovely, but would appear out of nowhere. We’d be sitting alone in a large room with one doorway and suddenly she was in the room with us. Either this joint had secret doors or something really creepy was going on. She seemed to know things that we’d said or done as well. The thing that tripped us out the most was hearing someone trying to open our door during the night. She was super lovely and the building was beautiful, but we were relieved to check out the next morning!

    72 votes
  • 3
    51 VOTES

    "Someone With A Key Let Themselves In"

    From a former Redditor:

    I was staying in an Airbnb apartment in Paris looking for a room to rent somewhere in the city.

    The apartment wasn't very good; creaky floors, crappy bathroom, etc. What made it worse was the apartment next door was being renovated throughout the day from 7AM to 6:30PM. Nonstop drilling and hammering all day, every day. On top of that was the couple upstairs had a newborn baby, and the ceiling was paper-thin so during the early hours of the morning I would hear this screaming child hour after hour.

    So the worst part was after I'd returned to the Airbnb from interviewing for a room to rent that afternoon, I'd noticed that my clothing in my suitcase had been rifled through. Immediately I check my secret compartment where I'd kept my extra cash and of course everything was gone!

    300€ Taken from my belongings

    But here's the thing; my $2000 laptop was on the table right next to it as well as other expensive belongings and nothing else was touched in the apartment. I'd also made sure I locked the apartment every time I left and it was locked when I returned.

    I'm sure by now you've put it together that someone with a key let themselves in.

    Immediately I call the host to discuss the problem and her response was arranged from "That's not possible" to "Maybe you put the money somewhere else". Naturally, I was furious but I restrained myself and didn't accuse. She said she'd come in the morning to inspect the apartment because I'd decided to rent the room I'd found in the city.

    All she did was look around, check the lock on the door and never said she was sorry or offer to refund my money for the stay.

    I left that place so angry I still think about it and clench my fists. At least the people I moved in with after weren't total jerks.

    51 votes
  • 4
    76 VOTES

    Locked In A Basement Overnight

    From Redditor u/ilivedownyourroad:

    I stayed in a b&b once but it was a basement room. I had to be in by 10:30pm and as the tenants were a little 'off' I went down early and said goodnight to the couple.
    As I reached the bottom step I heard a click of a key in a lock.
    I went back up the stairs and checked the door and yep... it was locked tight.

    I knocked quietly and softly called out but no one replied though I could hear movement and what sounded briefly like laughing.
    I then phoned the b&b in the hope of someone answering and someone did... an answering machine. I felt stupid and hung up.

    My prison for the night was very basic and small with a sink, a cot, and a portable heater from a place that time forgot. And lots of frames on the walls but oddly no pictures.
    I went to bed but not before I put a small obstacle course between my single corner bed and the steps.

    In the morning when I awoke the door was slightly ajar. I dressed and went up for breakfast a little annoyed and creeped out.
    I felt like trust had been broken and maybe rights had been infringed.

    The food was already ready so I ate it and no one was around. The landlady was very nonchalant and still a bit odd and when I mentioned the door locking, without looking up she said, 'it was house rules and no one had complained before. She claimed it was, 'for safety, as I might be a serial killer or worse' (what's worse?).

    I tactfully asked what would happen if a fire broke out and she said, 'there were people for that'... presuming she meant firemen who'd rescue me. On a full tummy and on my way out I realized I'd have to take up this issue online via a review and left.

    At the time I didn't freak out but thinking about it all much later I really worried about being locked in a basement without any way out. Just a sealed door with a key controlled by a couple of oddballs.
    Maybe they were harmless but if that door hadn't opened in the morning or the ancient heater had caught fire etc. Who knows...?

    76 votes
  • 5
    71 VOTES

    A Secret Entrance To Their Room

    From Redditor u/Ghost_Farter:

    Stayed in a B&B in Pennsylvania that seemed cute enough. They did have a wall of antique dolls in the main room but otherwise no signs of weirdness.

    That's until we were settled in the room. I noticed some scratches on the floor near a bookcase and after some inspection realized it was a secret door. When I asked the owner if it worked, he said yes and showed me that it opened to their office (which was a cluttered room with a computer and piles of crap). It had a lock on their side and when I asked if there was a lock on my side he smiled and said "no". When I showed some concern that there was an unlockable entrance to my room that was camouflaged that they didn't tell me about he just kept smiling.

    So that night I barricaded the f*cking door and barely slept.

    71 votes
  • 6
    61 VOTES

    Broken Windows, Leaking Ceiling, And Noisy Neighbors

    From Redditor u/Buchiro1:

    Booked a place in Barcelona for 5 nights. The place was well-reviewed and located near the Sagrada Familia:

    Some random friend of the owner picked us up from the airport, he was literally speeding/swerving through traffic and didn't speak a word of English. Got to the apartment and some other guy handed me a phone to talk to the owner - he explained there was water coming through the ceiling and he'll fix it ASAP; found this was pouring onto the boiler and a live power socket; then saw there was a piece of glass in the kitchen window missing, just to top this off.

    We decided to stay one night (we had no other options). Barcelona has more motorbikes than any other city I've been to, so every 5 minutes we were woken up by one going by as the windows had zero soundproofing. We moved the mattress to another room away from the road (it was 3 am at this point), when a large group of drunk women came into the apartment building and were running around the staircase, screaming and laughing. Then at 4am the kids of the neighbor above started running around and playing/screaming too.

    5am we rang Airbnb, received a full refund and booked a 5 star hotel for less than the Airbnb: you can get pretty good deals at that time in the morning!

    Piece of advice: always use the Airbnb chat to talk to the owner, this conversation is recorded then in case they try and grift you in any way or break Airbnb's rules. The whole time the owner was constantly trying to get us to talk over WhatsApp, making promises to make sure we stay then trying to get us out so he could get other tenants in.

    61 votes