Funny Things Guests Leave Behind And Remove From Hotel Rooms

15th January 2014
“Flat-screen TVs are great in hotels because they take up less space in the room, but their dimensions also make them much easier to transport,” says Nicholas. “And it takes tenacity to remove one; TVs are bolted to walls or cabinets.”

A missing bed was definitely a stand-out. “The bed vanished from a room in Cape Town occupied by members of a sports team who thought it’d be a great prank after returning very much the worse for wear after a night out. We did get the bed back two days later, along with a very sheepish apology.”

Things got decidedly weird when staff found a neat little box containing vampire fangs. “Not the sort of fangs you’d buy in a novelty shop, but ones that were clearly made by a dentist to fit a specific person’s mouth. That guy did call to collect them, and no – we didn’t ask the obvious question!”

An unusual item was found by housekeeping after someone who was clearly a good artist had checked out. “His room had a great view, and propped up on the work desk he left behind a canvas of the scene from his window,” says Nicholas. “We called him about it, and he told us he’d left it there for hotel staff to enjoy. It was a beautiful painting, so after a little deliberation we donated it to a charity the hotel supports, for one of their fundraising events.”

Other items that made the 2013 ‘odd list’ were a hookah, the back end of a pantomime horse and a Batman suit – complete with mask.

Perhaps one of the strangest of all, says Nicholas, is the mystery of the Victorian dress. After a guest checked out, a very beautiful Victorian-style dress was found hanging in the cupboard. “We called the guest to tell him that a dress had been left behind, but he swore blind that there was no dress in the room when he’d stayed there.”

The stand-out winner of the year has to be the ‘item’ found in a hotel room in KZN. “This wasn’t so much a case of something lost, but someone lost. A stag party that had spent the weekend in a hotel in KZN left us a little souvenir – the groom passed out tied to a chair. All good and well, you might think, but the poor guy was stark naked and painted Smurf blue from top to toe.

It’s two months later and I strongly doubt housekeeping has stopped laughing yet!”


Sourced from Tourism Update + written by David Marsh
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