Travel Horror Story Series #2: Dirty sheets! Too tired to change ’em

One trip a few years ago took to me Pennsylvania. The HQ 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 airports (PIT, SCE, MDT) and at a different hotels across the state.

One trip brought me in late. Very late. I checked into the hotel and started to follow my routine like I a normally do (see my 101 Travel Hacks for the Business Traveler for my advice on adopting a routine). I also had some work I needed to get done before the next day. So, exhausted, I set my clothes out, ironed them, laid out my toiletries, pre-loaded my coffee machine, etc. — all while fighting the urge to crash.

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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 minutes, the work was done. I folded the laptop and made my way to the bed.

However, after pulling back the bed cover it became very apparent these sheets had not been changed. 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.

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…we didn’t stay at that Hampton Inn anymore.

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4 comments on “Travel Horror Story Series #2: Dirty sheets! Too tired to change ’em

  1. Tim

    Gross! I was recently in Nashville and had a similar experience. I checked in very late (around midnight). Got the LAST room at the hotel. Checked out the room, the bed wasn’t made, the trash can was full of McDonalds and the toilet had been used, but not even flushed (#2). I go back to the front desk and was told there was nothing they could do, as housekeeping had gone home, but they’d make sure it was cleaned tomorrow. I explained how that wasn’t happening and if they didn’t have a room they could walk me to the Hermitage hotel next door (and they’d pay the additional $500 for the room). Miraculously a beautifully renovated suite opened up – which I was entitled to anyway being a Platinum member. I did a thorough inspection of the room, with the Night Manager before bed. What’s worse….they tried to charge me $1000 for damage / stolen goods from my original room…never staying their again.

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