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20 Hotel Workers Describe The Creepiest Things They've Seen

Updated April 27, 2020 1.4m views20 items

Just about everyone has a creepy, scary, or horrifying hotel story, but if you ask the average hotel worker (night audit clerks, housekeeping staff, managers, etc.) you'll likely hear stories beyond your wildest imagination. As proof, consider these 20 tales from hotel workers around the world. You won't be the same afterward.

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  • Holiday Inn Ghosts

    From a Former Redditor:

    "I worked at a Holiday Inn years ago and only can recall a few weird cases.

    One was that every now and then we would get complaints that a young girl was screaming in the pool area. When checking it out, you would find that nobody was around. Management reported that a young girl drowned in the pool years earlier.  

    One night, I was working the front desk and received a call from a room complaining that the room above them was stomping around and being noisy. Nobody was checked into that room and nobody was there when I checked it out. Guess a wife [slayed] her husband in the room. Also, after [that] .... the room was turned into storage, and despite it being empty, the front desk would get random calls from that room.  

    I'm sure all of it is explainable, but sh*t was weird to me"

  • Seeing Doubles

    From Redditor /u/infinitygirl:

    "Not my story, but I am involved in a way. Several years ago, my college roommate, let's call her E, worked as the night manager for a newly built hotel. As was par for the course, I would often bring coffee in around 1 to 2 am and chat for awhile. One night, I showed up to my find E sitting at the front desk shaking her head looking completely perplexed. Allegedly, she had just checked-in what could only be described as the doppelgänger of our other roommate, M, who was alike down to the same height, hair style, eye color and southern accent (odd as we live in the north). E tried to speak with the new guest and show her a picture of M on her phone, but was rebuffed several times. We both chalked it up to coincidence, as we knew M was visiting her parents, and we went on to enjoy our coffee. Shortly after 2, I decided to head home. It wasn't until a around 2:30 when I pulled into our garage, that I checked my phone to see a series of texts from E to M and me at 2:17 am. 'Stop...' 'Not funny' 'You guys suck' 'What the hell'. Naturally I was confused and called her back. This is when things got weird, and E sounded hysterical on the phone. Apparently M and I, in the same clothes I wore earlier, had been standing at the end of the main hallway, staring at her. E thought this was a joke and kept calling out to no response. Eventually the front desk phone rang, and in the time it took to answer it, we both had disappeared. I calmed her down over the phone, and the next morning we talked through the possibilities, trying to rationalize what she 'saw.' The guest who looked like M did come back to the front desk later that morning to inquire about some services, and much to E's surprise, looked only vaguely similar to our roommate. The only thing that scares me to this day, and that I never told, her is that when I got into our house, the kitchen clock was stuck on 2:17, and directly next to it sat a photo of M and I smiling that I had only developed that afternoon. Still no explanations and nothing ever weird happened at the hotel again, but it still makes me uneasy to this day."

  • Room #8

    From Redditor /u/Vicerine:

    "Before I was born, my parents decided to move to the coast and open their own little seaside hotel. The first thing to do when they moved in was to clean all the rooms, so they took half each to speed things up. My mum told me this story when I was little: She was in room #8 doing some vacuuming when the whole carpet started 'rippling'. When I was little, I didn't think this sounded scary at all, as I just thought that maybe the carpet had got caught on the vacuum or something, and so I never really thought about it again. Fast forward to about a month ago: I remembered this old story and made fun of my mum a bit for thinking it was creepy, when it was obviously explainable. She looked confused and told me I must have not understood her when I was little... Apparently what had actually happened was that the entire carpet had rippled in a constant fluid wave-type motion, and all the furniture AND HERSELF had been lifted up and down off of the floor for about 10 seconds. She then screamed bloody murder at my dad down the hallway and told him they were selling the place before it had even opened... He managed to convince her otherwise, but she never went back in that room. 

    It scares me more because my mum doesn't believe in the supernatural or anything like that, and she doesn't have any other creepy stories at all, just this one that she doesn't like to talk about often..."

  • Room 303

    From Redditor /u/RainSoaked:

    "My wife used to work night audit at a hotel on the Oregon coast. She experienced quite a bit there with guests and the unexplained. 

    Mostly room 303 was there least rented room. Whenever she walked past it at night, the alarm clock in the room would go off. House keeping would claim that it was unplugged.  

    The front desk has a log book of guest complaints, and most of those complaints were about room 303. Some examples are: pounding on the walls, feeling watched, seeing people, phone or alarm going off, TV turning on or off, bathroom light going on or off, hearing whispers or breathing, and many more.

    Not of the unexplainable, but she had creepy guests try and pull her into their rooms, invite her to parties, call her at all hours of the night. I can't imagine how stressful it would be to be there alone at night."