Graveyard Shift

People Describe the Creepiest Things They've Experienced in Hotels

Depending on who you are, hotels are either incredibly fun or incredibly droll. While kids love them, businessmen can't stand them, and everyone else just kind of tolerates them. But sometimes, hotels can take on a deeper meaning. Maybe it's because you met someone special in one, or it's where you had a great conference, or just maybe a hotel is where you had one of the most horribly creepy experiences of your life. Scary hotel stories are all over the place if you know where to look.

There's just something about hotels that brings us all the creepiest tales. Perhaps it has something to do with the amount of people who pass through them. After a're bound to get someone weird. Here are some truly strange and creepy hotel tales, culled from several Reddit users. Have a read, but be warned: you might not be able to sleep after.
  • Someone Has a Phantom Call and a Break-in at the Same Time

    "Before my family and I moved to another state, my father went and visited the area to check on the progress of our new house which was being built. My father was there for a few days and was staying at some crappy Motel 6 in a shady area of town. His room was the last room at the end of the hallway on the top floor.

    In the middle of the night on the last night he was in town he was woken by the phone ringing in his room. He groggily answers. It was the front desk and they say something along the lines of 'Sorry to wake you, but we've been receiving a couple of reports about rooms being broken into and some stuff being [swiped]. We are calling to make sure you lock your door and are safe.' My father replies that he is fine and hangs up.

    He decides to go double check that he locked the door. As he sits up in bed he notices that the door to his room is ajar. Being spooked, he cautiously checks the room and finds that nothing is missing and no one else is in the room. He creeps to the door and peaks out. Sitting right outside his room on the window sill of the hallway window is his shaving kit. Creeped out of his mind, he quickly grabs it and locks the door.

    After he calms down a bit he calls down to the front desk and says 'Hey, you just called me about the break-ins around the hotel, and I just want to report that my room was broken into when I was sleeping, nothing [taken] and I am fine. Figured you would like to know.'

    The front desk replies, 'You must be mistaken, we never called your room and we haven't received any reports of breaks ins.'"

  • Hotel Security Witnesses the Beginning of a Haunting

    "One of my brothers worked security in one of New York City's most upscale hotels. The security desk received a frantic call during one of his night shifts. A guy was calling, all freaked out that his wife was in the bath and was not breathing. My brother and another security guard rushed upstairs to the room. Sure enough, they found a woman in the tub, and she was unresponsive. My brother and the other guard got her out of the tub and attempted CPR. In the interim, during resuscitation attempts, the NYPD arrived. They told my brother to stop CPR because the lady was obviously dead and in their opinion, had been for a couple of hours. The husband was questioned extensively. He told law enforcement that he and his wife had a fight earlier in the evening. He went out on his own and when he came back, his wife was in the bath. He says he went to bed at that point but later became concerned when his wife didn't come to bed. Privately, among all those present, the general consensus was that the husband had something to do with it but it could not be proven.

    A couple of weeks later, the room was again made available to guests, and of course the incident was not mentioned. A woman who frequently stayed at the hotel, made a reservation for a week and was assigned to that room. She was the first person to stay in the room since the incident. She came to the front desk first thing in the morning, very upset, and with all of her luggage in tow. She said that she was canceling the rest of her reservation and that she would NEVER be staying in the hotel again. She said that she did not sleep the entire night and that the room was haunted. No one at the hotel had mentioned to her what had previously transpired in the room. While my brother worked there, every guest who stayed in the room called about strange goings on and many asked to be switched to another room."
  • A Friendly Guy Goes Insane

    "An older gentleman walks to the front desk at midnight asking for a room. I give him the details and check him in. He seemed normal and quite cordial. The gentleman goes to his room and a few hours later comes down to the front desk and asks me if I knew where to score some ecstasy. I tell him no and he storms off out of the hotel mumbling to himself saying he wants to kill me. Now I don't feel endangered by this guy as I have a weight/height advantage on him and know how to handle myself in a fight thanks to training by my ex-marine brother.

    This guy comes back to the hotel a few hours later in a much better mood. Me on the other hand am scared shitless. He comes strolling in wearing a thick sheriff's officer jacket and a sheriff's hat (a la Carl from The Walking Dead). He asks me if I had a girlfriend and I reply yes. He tells me to dump her cause women are evil. He then tells me his story of heartbreak and his revelation. This guy went to prison for beating his ex-wife in a rage of finding out she cheated on him. He had a revelation while in prison the best experience was making love to a man and that women were the devil. The guy then warns me to dump women and to consider men. I apologize to him about how I am straight and thank him for the story. He then walks away saying to reconsider and not to knock it until I try it.

    Once he left I call 911 and ask if anyone is missing a jacket and a hat. They say that they will check the on-duty officers and will call back. They call back and ask me if the person was staying at the hotel. I confirm with them his details and description. They inform me to keep away from him that he took a brick to a window of a cruiser (the officer was on his lunch at a nearby diner just doing paper work at a table) and stole a taser, jacket, hat and club. A few minutes later the hotel is surrounded, officers ask for his room number and an override key. I provide them all the information and the officers race to his room. There they find him watching adult movies sodomizing himself with the club. They come out with the guy cuffed, he yells to me on the way out to reconsider his beliefs of women. Surprisingly his credit card went through for the charges."
  • A Hotel Clerk Sees His First Brain

    "So, working the night shift at a hotel front desk is an interesting job. You get your drunks, your methheads, and your all around nutbags. One night, our hotel was hosting a college baseball team. The team came back around 11pm and went up to their rooms and to bed. No big deal. Then, around 1am, the coaches came back absolutely HAMMERED. They went up to their rooms, and that was the last I heard from them for about an hour.

    While I was setting up for breakfast, I heard the elevator ding around 2/3am (daylight savings night in the spring). Out of the elevator bursts one of the coaches, and he runs straight out the front door. Odd, but okay, whatever. He comes running back inside shouting, 'He fell! He fell!' I run outside while pulling out my phone and dialing 911 to see one of the coaches who had come back, face down on the ground in a HUGE puddle of blood. I have had a bit of rescue training, so I knew to put him in the rescue position so he wouldn't choke on his own blood.

    The paramedics got there and as they were loading him up, one of them wiped off his forehead, and there it was. The guy had fallen out of a 3rd story window straight on his forehead and split it open so wide and deep, you could see his brain. He was lifeflighted up to the bigger hospital up north. He lived. I got a raise the next day."