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Dirty Hotels: A Survival Guide

Dirty Hotels: A Survival Guide

Originally posted on on 2/28/11:

I’ll never forget my hotel horror story…

In 2009, my girlfriends and I spent a nearly perfect week in Italy, staying in a beautifully modern apartment on Florence’s artisanal Oltrarno. From there we flew to London to meet up with a few more friends for one epic night of international fun before flying home.

In London, we ended up at one of those characterless über hotels where every tour group either starts or ends their journey, and little did I know that it would turn out to be the grossest hotel experience I’ve ever had.

The bedding had long strands of hair on it, everything seemed coated with a layer of grime, the toilet seat was on the bathroom floor (evidently placed there intentionally by housekeeping) and I could have sworn there was blood on the walls.

It was bad.

It happens to everyone at some point in their travels. Sometimes, despite carefully planning and vetting of lodging, things just don’t live up to expectations (or common cleanliness).

Sure, you can always switch to a different hotel or hostel, but you probably won’t be able to get your money back. Also it’s often just not worth it to haul your bags somewhere else if you’re only someplace for a short amount of time.

When traveling, maximizing time is key.

With the latest release of Trip Advisor’s 2011 dirtiest hotels list, you now know at least a few places that you should avoid at all costs. However, here are a few tips on how to make it through the night if you simply must stay someplace that’s less than ideal:

1.) Try not to touch anything
This may sound simple, but it’s harder than it seems when faced with TV remotes, door knobs, faucets, light switches… the list goes on and on.

While this may seem like an excessive step, just remember that while housekeepers routinely clean things like showers and toilets and change the sheets, many of the smaller items go untouched… except by the hundreds of people who stay in that room and use them.

And don’t, I repeat, do not use the glass cups provided in the room. Whether at a straight up gross hotel or the Ritz, bring a bottle of water instead and forgo the cups completely.

2.) Don’t use the covers

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