Several years ago a business trip took to me Pennsylvania. The headquarters of the company I was working for was in State College, PA and so I spent a lot of time in and out of various PA airports (PIT, SCE, MDT) and at different hotels across the state. But this trip was different. I got the full travel horror story treatment!
Travel Horror Story: Dirty Sheets in the Hotel Room (really dirty)
From the outset the trip was a mess and it brought me in late. Very late. My flights were delayed, the drive to the hotel was long, traffic ugly and I still had work to do! We were working on a proposal that needed my edits that night so I had some more work ahead of me.
After I checked into the hotel and got to the room I immediately started to follow my routine (I a normally do; see my 101 Travel Hacks for the Business Traveler for my advice on adopting a routine). I quickly set my clothes out, ironed them, laid out my toiletries, pre-loaded my coffee machine, etc. — all while fighting the urge to crash.
Then, I then fired up my laptop, sat down in my skivvies to do the last bit of work I needed to get done. After 20-30 minutes, the work was done. I folded the laptop and made my way to the bed. I was toast. Absolutely done. It must have been after midnight by now. Sleep was on my mind.
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However, after pulling back the bed cover it became very apparent these sheets had not been changed. Very apparent! SUPER GROSS.
I was in a bit of quandary. On any other night, I’d have just asked to the hotel to switch rooms, and maybe scored something nice like an upgrade. But at this point, I am unpacked, ready for the next day, in my underwear, and dog-tired. And it’s after midnight. There is no way I am packing all of this up.
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So, like a good Marine…I suck it up. Basically, I pulled the spare blanket out of the closet and laid it over the top of bed. Then used my heavy winter coat as a blanket…and passed the heck out. I’ve slept in worse places. But it was still pretty gross.
I can’t remember if I mentioned it to the hotel staff the next day. I am sure I did. Anyway…I didn’t stay at that Hampton Inn anymore. #Nope. Marine or not, that’s gross. What do you think you’d have done?
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