Whether it’s because you’re on a business trip or taking time off for some R&R, hotels are meant to act as a quiet refuge from the outside world. Serving as a home away from home, your hotel room is where you come to when you need to get away from it all.
Sadly, sometimes, some hotel rooms are the exact opposite. These hotel rooms are such spectacular hospitality failures that there’s nothing left to do but laugh – even if the people staying in them didn’t exactly have the time of their lives there.
A Bold Design
If you spend enough time going from one hotel to another, you start to notice that some things have a way of repeating themselves. And you know what? That makes sense.
If you’re trying to build a space that would fit the needs of multiple people as they temporarily make it their home, there are only a few constellations in which that would work. There’s no room for strange layouts or weird ideas; you usually stick to the basics.
Still, every once in a while, you do encounter a hotel room with some… innovative design ideas. Or one that’s just designed for people with really, really long hands.
Who Can You Trust?
It seems that whoever designed this hotel had safety in mind. Placing two red “EXIT” signs so close to each other means they really, really wanted their guests to know where to go in case of an emergency – it’s just too bad that they both point to a corner with no door in it.
At first we thought they might be pointing towards a secret passage hidden behind the wallpaper, but then again, marking a secret passage with two big, red signs kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
Jump In Head First
You’ve booked your stay at the hotel, hoping you’ll finally be able to catch up on your reading while the kids play in the pool – when, upon arrival, you see… well. You see this.
Sure, a lawn is just as good for playing outside as a pool is, plus, you can run next to it – but we guess that this made for quite a few disappointed guests.
This Isn’t How This Works
There’s no shame in serving salt and pepper packets at your hotel’s restaurant. Sure, glass shakers might be more “classy,” but packets are completely acceptable, and no one would notice you’re using them over the more traditional glass containers.
That is, as long as you don’t put your packets inside shakers, of course.
This is so inexplicable, on so many levels, that we honestly just don’t know where to start.
A Room With a View
Balcony access from your hotel room is always a plus, especially if your hotel is situated in a beautiful, lush, tropical location.
Well, almost always.
Any access to the balcony from your room is nice… as long as it’s not directly from the shower.
Imagine accidentally opening up the wrong door as you’re getting changed!
Why anyone would design a room like this is entirely beyond us.
Coming Up Short
Take a long, hard look at this photo.
Give it a minute.
Now ask yourself – “how does something like this happen?”
In all fairness, when you’re a plumber working on hundreds of identical rooms in a row, mistakes sometimes happen. But keeping it like this and renting the room out as if everything’s normal… well. Let’s just say this hotel probably didn’t get a five-star review online.
We’re All Friends Here
Some vacation destinations are bolder than others – but usually, the hotel itself tries to not be too much of a challenge for the people staying in it.
Not this hotel, though!
Making the bathroom door see-through was definitely a bold choice, but we have to wonder; who is the target audience here?
Is this a room for a single person? For a couple with oddly specific tastes? Or is this a room meant to house friends? Really, really, really good friends?
A Public Service Announcement
When you visit hotels often, you start to wonder about certain things. “Do they really vaccuum the rug between stays?”
“Do they really switch out that glass cup in the bathroom?”
And, of course, the age old question: “Do they really change sheets between guests?”
While the guests who left this note may never know, they’ve decided to do the altruistic thing and at least give the next occupants of their room a fighting chance at hygene.
While they get an “A+” for being good neighbors, the hotel gets a big “F” for… well, for everything, really.
DIY Room Service
You’re on vacation, and were told the hotel offers room service. You feel like having something modest – you don’t want to splurge just yet – but still want to have it delivered to your room.
When the tray arrives, it has everything you hoped for; cereal, milk, and apple, some butter and spreads, a few slices of bread… and a toaster.
Maybe the way from the kitchen to the room is very long, and they were worried the toast would cool down by the time it reached its destination? And if it came on a tray, are the guests allowed to take it home when they leave?
Staying at Hogwarts
At first, it may seem like this door has been closed off by the railing – but if you take a closer look, the railing has a hinge that allows it to open and gain access to the room.
What kind of architect designs a building where there’s no easy access to the room at the top of the stairs?
Well, possibly – no architect at all. If this is a Hogwarts type situation, like in the classic Harry Potter book series, the stairs may move on their own, and block off or open access to rooms at will.
If You Wanted Hot Water, You Should Have Told Us
Different cultures have different standards for what they consider “basic” amenities. But usually, even in the most remote locations, hot water in your hotel is generally considered “basic.”
It seems that in this hotel that is true as well – but that they might not have thought very thoroughly about how their guests will get at them.
This is a “water, water, all around” type scenario; but we guess it takes all sorts. Some people might even find this appealing!
Slipping in the shower is a dangerous business. Many a broken hip has been attained through un-careful slippage over the years, but perhaps those sad cases could have been averted if people would have just bothered putting up signs.
Of course, this could just be a case of bad translation, or even a cultural misunderstanding – but it’s much more fun to think that it’s intentional, isn’t it?
Tulation, Our Dear Friend
This hotel obviously tried to go above and beyond by making one couple’s evening very special. Unfortunately, the concierge they dispatched to write “congratulations” with rose petals didn’t exactly think things through. They did manage to turn the towels into a swan though, which is nice.
Of course, we could be totally missing the point. For all we know, the person staying in this hotel might be named ‘Tulation,’ and we might be making fun of them for no reason at all.
But we doubt it.
Not a Reading Library
A lot of people walk into a hotel and think that absolutely everything there is for them to use. Everything in your room is complimentary so why wouldn’t these books be, right? These books are obviously just there to make the Hilton look much fancier than they actually are.
I bet the only reason this sign exists is because there was a string of people taking home books like this is a public library.
A Room to Remember
This might not seem like a problem when you check into the hotel at 3 pm. But it’s going to be a massive problem later on after you have a few drinks at dinner, a few drinks at the party, a few drinks in the cab ride home, and a few drinks while in the elevator up to your room.
Looks like you’re either waking up everyone on the floor by knocking on their doors, or you’re sleeping in the hallway tonight.
A Matter of Perspective
Most people nowadays are pretty good at not believing everything they hear or see. Still, you can’t blame these hotel guests for believing there would be a big, luxurious pool in their hotel based on the photos they’ve seen online.
We do have to commend the photographer here though! They didn’t have a lot to work with, but they still managed to shoot some pretty amazing promotional photos! Even if they don’t really represent the guest experience as advertised.
What A Beautiful, Personalized Message
Hotels love to make sure your stay is memorable and personal. They’ll leave you little notes, upgrade your suites, and even send up champagne or flowers if you’re celebrating a special occasion! There’s nothing they won’t do to make sure your stay is tailored to you.
Considering the fact they love personalizing other things, the least they could do is remember to change out “your sample text here” on the artwork over the bed.
Art Imitates Life
If we’ve learned anything, it’s that hotels really struggle when it comes to appropriate decorations and designs. Somewhere, someone thought this art piece was just abstract enough to not draw too much attention. Then someone else though it would be absolutely hilarious to put it over the toilet.
Hey, maybe they’re just trying to spark a guest’s inspiration. Hopefully, this plan doesn’t backfire. I can picture a drunken guest trying to make their own art piece.
No Smoking Ashtray
Well, this is just confusing. Can we smoke? Can we not smoke? If this little glass thing isn’t an ashtray, then what is it? We hope the guest complained. They probably asked for a smoking friendly room and now have no idea where to put the ashes.
From now on we’re traveling with our own ashtrays. No hotel will make us feel guilty while we fight off the stress of the day. Who’s with us?
For The Couple That’s Too Comfortable With Each Other
There’s nothing more romantic in the morning that waking up to the site of your significant other going to the bathroom. That’s what this hotel is betting on, anyways. Actually, maybe not considering these are twin beds.
Let’s try this again. There is nothing better than waking up in a shared hotel room on a business trip and seeing your roommate going to the bathroom. That’s better, but we would prefer a Motel 6 to this.
The Curtains Are Just For Show
When this hotel room was booked, but do you think was said about the view? Maybe there was a window behind these curtains at one point, but that’s clearly not the case anymore.
When this happens, you either laugh it off and continue your vacation, or you ask for a new room. Honestly, though, if you got a good price, this isn’t the worst problem in the world. How much time are you actually going to spend in your hotel room, anyway?
What’s The Third Temperature For?
This hotel has quite the confusing sink setup. There are three separate faucets, and we don’t know why. Random speculation points to one being for hot water and another being for cold water. But then what’s the third one for?
Also why is one of them gold. More importantly, why there two shower heads. Okay, we now realize that there are too many faucets for all of them to work. How do we know which one does? This is not the game want to play right now!
No Cabinet. No Problem
This looks like it was probably an Air BnB, but we’re counting it anyway. Whether this is under a sink, and island, or a stove top, there should be storage space underneath.
Cabinet doors should never be just for show. The second this happens, it is time to see yourself out the door and ask for a refund. Hopefully the place didn’t cost that much to begin or you only booked it for one night.
First of all, this wall map with world times included is a great idea. Even on vacation, this is just a really cool thing to see. Unfortunately, this map is not an accurate depiction of the world we live in.
Whoever made this map must not have made it very far in school. This is either a really bad representation of Pangea, or someone has a very wrong view of how much of the world belongs to China. Or both.
Why deal with having to get out of bed and walk to the bathroom when you can literally stay here and stumble to it in the dark? This might be the world’s perfect hotel room.
Then again, if you prefer privacy when you do your business, then you’ll need to ask for a room change. If you’re staying yourself though, go ahead and enjoy the freedom of this amazing, all inclusive, and stress free hotel room.
Not Paying It
This patron couldn’t believe when they left their hotel and saw the cost of parking! That is several years worth of paychecks and there’s no way it can be the real price.
The good news is it is not. If you look closer at the details, the parking meter read this ticket as being from 1996. And now you know how much it costs to live at a hotels for a few decades and never move your car!
Is That Legal?
Everything about this sign was designed to be inclusive to people with disabilities except for one. The glass covers the braille that reads “SO NOT USE ELEVATORS.” That’s not helpful at all!
With any luck, someone reported this gaff to the appropriate hotel staff. This needs to be fixed ASAP. Knowing this, we wonder what else could be set up incorrectly at this hotel. Perhaps the sink comes equipped with several confusing faucets or something like that?
Not As Promised
According to this guy, when he booked the hotel, the gym in the picture looked huge. It was probably one of the reasons he booked the place to begin with. Then he gets there and sees this!
The gym only looked so big in pictures of the mirrors. All the walls are just giants floor to ceiling mirrors. From his picture, the gym is clearly tiny, with only a few pieces of equipment. Good thing he got there early to beat the rush!
What Number Is This?
We’re going to go ahead an assume that this is just a temporary number. Like a previous slide, if it is not, then this hotel has a serious problem on their hands.
It’s one thing to cut costs to stay open. It’s another thing entirely to refuse to replace number plates when you have a legal right to be able to serve everyone. Again, this is probably just temporary, but will be looked at as a fail until it is fixed.
Water Is Essential
Is this a hotel for pirates? This sign sure seems to indicate it is. Moreover, if there are themed bars like this around the world, can we please get a listing of them?
Of course, this probably isn’t a pirate bar. The sign was just lost in translation. At the very least, it’s good to know that the water at the hotel is safe for drinking. That can’t be said for every hotel in every country. And then you get charged an arm and a leg for bottled water.
Coco What Now?
That is definitely not what we were planning to eat for breakfast! Coco Pops are delicious. What this hotel is offering is better left flushed down the toilet. Have some decency people!
Someone, please report this to the health inspector. That A grade this establishment is so proud of would easily drop to a B. In all honesty, though, we kid. We know this hotel is not serving Coco Poops for breakfast. At least we hope…
Forget Weight Limits
This elevator doesn’t have your traditional weight limits. It’s so small it has a occupancy limit, and from the looks of it, the maximum is two people. Maybe. At least you get a little privacy or your journey.
What’s really inconvenient about elevators like these is that you have to wait forever for it to finally be your turn. You never know when people are getting off our on and when you’ll get a chance. You might as well grab a ticket and wait for your number to be called.
Just Vacuuming The Sidewalk
You know the hotel you’re staying at is fancy when the hotel staff vacuums the sidewalk. Normally, the staff might sweep the sidewalk, or wash the dirt away with a hose.
This level of dedication is something we’ve never seen before! How much does it cost to stay at this hotel? It’s clearly worth every penny. The truth is, this isn’t a hotel fail at all; it’s more just an oddity and we’re looking up airfare right now.
The Great Flood
Don’t you hate when this happens? You think you found the perfect hotel and then you go to a shower and what happens? That’s right, the entire bathroom floods. This wheelchair-accessible shower must have a clogged or faulty drain because the water went everywhere and all the bath towels were used to mop up the floor.
What a shame. At least this person was still able to enjoy a hot shower. They just had the unfortunate pleasure of having to air dry afterwards.
Big Screen TV
They say that the farther away you are from the TV while watching it, the better your viewing experience will be for your eyes.
Now, we’d like to believe that this hotel room is so huge, that from the bed, the TV looks smaller than the laptop screen – but if we’re being real, it’s probably just very, very small.
Oh well – at least we hope the bed’s comfortable.
We Didn’t Promise to Make You Happy
Now, this really is rubbing salt into the wound – and we’re not talking bath salts!
The first rule of customer satisfaction is to not remind them of what it is they’re not getting from your product.
Then again, this could be a very creative way of convincing your guests to upgrade to the more expensive suite – although we doubt it’s a very successful strategy.
Oh well – you can always take a bath when you get home.
Savior of the Toilet
Toilet paper never seems to get enough credit.
We always take it for granted, but really, where would we be without it?
These hotel owners seem to have decided to make it their mission to change all that.
Look at that dramatic lighting and that central, prminent location.
That roll of toilet paper is finally getting the respect it deserves – and if you ask us, it’s about time.
What possible situation could necessitate a bench right next to the toilet seat?
Maybe if you get too tired and need a break? We hope that’s not a regular occurence with the food at this hotel.
But maybe it’s nothing that bad, and the hotel owners just happen to be very social people who assume their guests just like to have the option to continue hanging out with their friends, even in the most private of situations.
It looks like this hotel is only interested in giving its guests access to very slim food. Mind you, we’re not talking about slimming food or diet sodas, but rather, about foods that can go through the fridge door when it’s barely cracked open.
The options here are pretty varried, actually; pancakes, waffles and slices of pizza all make the cut – although honestly, when it’s this much hassle, we’d just rather go out instead.
Good for the Energy Flow in the Room
Talk about Feng Shui!
You know, energy flows in mysterious ways, and sometimes, if you want your hotel room’s Feng Shui to be just right, you have to get creative.
Placing all of the room’s appliances on top of each other may seem odd, but trust us – you’ll sleep like a baby and wake up energized and well rested.
Just as long as you don’t heat up a pizza pocket right next to your bed just before you go to sleep, that is.
A Scenic Window
This hotel apparently boasts rooms with unforgettable views.
But what do you do when a room’s window doesn’t look out at anything particularly interesting?
Well, if you don’t want to mislead your guests, you go out of your way to open up a window from the bedroom that will definitely look out at something unforgettable – even if that something is inside the hotel room itself.
Just remember – if the view isn’t to your liking, you can always close the blinds.
No One’s Getting Away With OUR Rolls
As we’ve said before, toilet paper is a precious commodity that doesn’t get nearly enough credit as it should.
But it seems that hotel owners are wising up; if you’re used to nicking rolls of toilet paper from your hotel room so that you’d have something to wipe your nose with during your travels – well, think again, buster!
This hotel has decided they’ve had enough of that, and have taken some pretty severe measures to curb your TP stealing ways.
State of the Art
According to the person who posted this photo, this hotel boasted a “state of the art fitness center, relaxing communal lounge and an award winning food and beverage menu.”
If this is what their fitness center looks like, we can only imagine what the communal lounge is like, and would probably recommend not getting anything from their food and beverage menu. We’ll hazard a guess and say the only award it’s received was the “Darwin.”
Keeping You on Your Toes
“Hello sir! Have you come to check in?”
“Why, yes I have, my good man! Here is my reservation number, and I will be paying by card.”
“Very good, sir. Very good. Well, you’re at Red One, just take your key from the rack there and enjoy your stay.”
“… Red One? Which… which one is that?”
“Well, obviously, the one that says ‘Red One’ on it, sir!”
“You mean the blue card with the number two?”
“No, no – that one’s for Green Two.”
Top of the Line Security
One of the most important – and most basic – aspects of hospitality is to make your guests feel safe.
A guest should be able to lock their room from the inside, safe and secure in the knowledge that they’re, well – safe and secure.
It seems that this hotel was aware of this, but only went part of the way towards making it happen.
Oh well – it’s the thought that counts, at least when it comes to personal security. Right?
It seems that this hotel realized they should bring some gym equipment in only after they’ve advertised they have a fitness center.
Still, this has everything you need for your workout; a bike to work up a sweat with, and a mirror to take a selfie with and upload online.
Sure, conditions may be cramped, and the mirror may not be “on brand” for a top of the line gym, but when you’re traveling you sometimes have to make do.
Conveniently Placed Mirror
Have you ever walked past a hotel room and wondered who’s inside and what they’re doing?
Usually, hotel rooms have thick, heavy curtains to keep prying eyes away, but in this case the designers chose to be considerate of inquisitive passers-by, and placed a huge mirror at an angle that allows anyone walking by to peep in and make sure everything’s alright.
What can we say? These guys thought of everything!
A Shining Homage
When you set out to design a hotel, the one comparison you’d usually like to avoid is to the hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror film, The Shining.
In one of the film’s most memorable – and horrifying – scenes, the hotel’s corridors are flooded with blood.
Now, we’re not ones to judge, but this carpet makes it look like they just finished re-shooting that scene – if we’re being optimistic. This does not inspire confidence in the hotel, but we do have to admire the bold design choice.
Please Read Carefully
The person who posted this hotel fail said their kids were very upset the pool was closed. It didn’t help when their parents were laughing the whole back to the room either.
If you read the sign carefully, you’ll notice one big mistake. Isn’t it supposed to say “inconvenience?” Of course, spell check wouldn’t catch this mistake. Then again, there’s always the chance this sign says exactly what it’s supposed to. In that case, what a refreshingly honest establishment!
Just Out Of Reach
This might be the worst hotel fail we’ve seen so far. When you’re stuck in the bathroom, the last thing you need is to not be able to reach the toilet paper. It’s basically the world’s scariest horror film.
Look, the last thing anyone wants to do in the bathroom is stand up and walk to the toilet paper when it’s time to wipe. Not only is it uncomfortable, it’s not sanitary and would lead to some kind of awful mess.
Here’s another unusable pool, only this one will likely never get fixed. The hotel must have gotten tired of people partying in their pool too late in to the night and responded by filling it with gravel.
At the very least, rooms at this hotel should now come at a steep discount. Pools are considered a part of the experience, and we don’t want to be charged full price if we’re not getting the full experience.
That Doesn’t Make Things Easier
Oh, you thought going to a hotel was supposed to make things easier? Not at this hotel, which apparently has hired the world’s laziest hotel staff. You asked for salt and pepper in shakers; well that’s exactly what you got!
The only problem now is that you need to open the salt and pepper shakers, then open however many packets you need to make your room service dinner taste just right. So, what’s on the menu?