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You'll Never Drink From A Hotel Glass Again.  
User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2440 times:

Ordinarily I'm wary of the hidden camera journalism but just seeing this happen once has made an impression on me. Guess I'll be packing my own drinking cups from now on.


http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/22250/39039

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User currently offlineSkySurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

And would you believe that alot of hotels do not actually change your sheets every time housekeeping comes in, your sheets can be on the bed up to a WEEK depending on how 'bad' they look! Makes you all warm inside to realize that 3-4 people might have been there before you doesn't it  Wink

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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Much as I have always suspected.

Pay attention to the maid's carts when they're making their rounds: If they're putting out clean glasses, wouldn't they have a tray or two of them on the cart and a bus pan for the dirty glasses?

(Fortunately the one hotel I stay at with any regularity uses the wrapped single-use plastic glasses. Also, I know they change the sheets regularly because I'm in and out of my room all through the day and I've seen them do it.)



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

The topic sums it up. I will never drink from their classes when I can save my health by buying plastic ones for a buck or two at the dollar store.

Hunter



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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9032 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2304 times:
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well, thats no news to me! I never drink from any glass in a hotel room and I spend a lot of nights in those rooms. Either I drink from the bottle I brought with me OR I use a cup I have in my bag...
Well, about the sheets... What can I do?! I havent had any diseases yet and I am spending A LOT nights in hotels...
Ah well... Lifes a bitch Big grin

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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12251 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2188 times:
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Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 4):
Either I drink from the bottle I brought with me

Exactly. Beer doesn't need a glass  Smile



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User currently offlineAlfa75 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2086 times:

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!  vomit 


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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Disgusting yet not surprising. Now everyone knows why most airline crews peel back the covers on the bed almost as soon as they get to the hotel. If there's hair in the bed, the front desk gets a call with a request to either send the maid up to change the sheets or move me to a new room.


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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

RJdxer,

My dad sends his thank you as him and his wife are about to go on vacation. This is very interesting as I have always thought they cleaned them but what a dirty surprise.

Hunter



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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

I can't play that video, but I avoid using glasses in hotel rooms.

An airline crew member once told me she boiled her knickers in the kettle and others do that too. I was rather disgusted by it to say the least.


User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

Considering some of the things I've done in hotel rooms, drinking out of a dirty glass is about as significant as an ant in a picnic basket. Get over yerselves folks...you can't catch much from a dirty glass, except perhaps paranoia.

User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

"Lucky I didn't tell him about the dirty knife"....

Seriously, that is disgusting. I hope those health inspectors go after those hotels.



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User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1988 times:



Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 10):
Considering some of the things I've done in hotel rooms

I lifted this pic from one of CastleIslands archive TR's. I believe this was his stay at a Motel 5 in Orlando.




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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

I've seen this practice myself, and from that point on I haven't been able to drink out of hotel room glasses either. I also stay at good hotels, so it's not even a case of you get what you pay for.

Then again, I avoid drinking coffee or tea on airplanes. If you knew the condition of the water pipes on the aircraft, and how the water is stored both on the aircraft and at airports, you'd be surprised. That and the fact that the coffee pots don't get cleaned is another issue. Basically cabin crew wipe down the coffee pots with the same stuff they use to wipe down the galleys as they rush to put everything away. The coffee pots are also used to warm up baby bottles. I could go on.

There really are some practices that need to be reconsidered.



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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Not that I'm in a huge hurry to touch anything in my hotel room, but one thing that drove me crazy about this peice of "journalism" (funny thing is I saw it watching the local news at three different hotels in three states withing the past few months) is that they don't clarify at what part of the guest's stay the video was shot at. Presumably, this video was shot in the middle of a "stay" rather than at check-out ("Excuse me, I just checked out of room 314, and I think I left my hidden camera behind, can someone let me into the room to I get it?"). It's a fact of life that rooms aren't cleaned as thoroughly for a guest holding over as they are for guests checking out.

I would hope (and yeah, there's a good chance I'm beeing optimistic here) that the glasses are exchanged on check-out. I have seen small stacks of glasses on maids carts.

[Funny thing is first -- and only -- time I've used a glass in a hotel room was after I saw this story the first time.

Quoting SkySurfer (Reply 1):
And would you believe that alot of hotels do not actually change your sheets every time housekeeping comes in, your sheets can be on the bed up to a WEEK depending on how 'bad' they look! Makes you all warm inside to realize that 3-4 people might have been there before you doesn't it

I would be shocked and somewhat appalled by the environmental impact if a fresh set of sheets were put on the bed every day. For example Hampton Inn's brand standards call for a fresh set of sheets to be put on the bed when a guest checks out, after 4 consecutive days of the same guest in the same room, or if there is coffee/lipstick/other visible dirt. I know the upper end brands change sheets more frequently.

(It's also worth noting Hampton's Brand Standards prohibit glass or ceramic cups in the room and require pre-bagged plastic and styrofoam cups -- I have a feeling the other brands in the Hilton family are reluctant to implement something that has teh potential to feel 'cheap')

Lincoln
(So far with 68 hotel room nights in 2007, with 62 of them in Hilton family hotels [Hampton, Embassy, Double Tree, Homewood, and Hilton)



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User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1866 times:



Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 10):
Considering some of the things I've done in hotel rooms,

Yeah, I hear there's one in LAS that's still undergoing renovation!  duck 


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1827 times:



Quoting SkySurfer (Reply 1):
And would you believe that alot of hotels do not actually change your sheets every time housekeeping comes in,

In general, sheet changes will always happen between guests unless you're in a dodgy motel. It is, however, quite common for there not to be a daily sheet change for the same guest staying more than 1 night. 5 star hotels will always change daily but even 4 star hotels maybe on every 2nd or 3rd day for occupied rooms.

Quoting TSS (Reply 2):
wouldn't they have a tray or two of them on the cart and a bus pan for the dirty glasses?

Make sure you look underneath the trolley. That's where the glass rack usually is.


User currently offlineNcfc99 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 740 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

I work in the hotel industry and have heard about a house keepers cleaning a coffee cup with licked fingers.

I took my wife to a castle hotel that looked superb for our 1st anniversary, booked a four poster bedroom etc. We went out to dinner on our anniversary, went back to the hotel room, my wife got into bed and put her foot in some SEAMEN left by the previous guest. We left that room to move to another, pulled back the duvet, hairs on creased sheets. The 3rd room that night was ok. What a nightmare anniversary that was.


User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1734 times:



Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 12):
I lifted this pic from one of CastleIslands archive TR's. I believe this was his stay at a Motel 5 in Orlando.

NIce, only that's not me, it's my alter-ego; you know, what I aspire to be.  Wink

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 14):
I would be shocked and somewhat appalled by the environmental impact if a fresh set of sheets were put on the bed every day.

Spot on. EVERY time I've stayed in a hotel or even motel, I've found fresh linens. But there's this crazy notion that they think I need them changed every day. Hell no. I always put the "Do not disturb" sign on the door, and without fail, when I get back to the room, I have a voicemail saying that housekeeping couldn't get in to change linens or provide fresh towels. If I'm there for up to a week, I DON'T NEED THEM.

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 15):
Yeah, I hear there's one in LAS that's still undergoing renovation!

Just wait 'til they break out the UV lamp.  Wink


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1670 times:



Quoting Ncfc99 (Reply 17):
my wife got into bed and put her foot in some SEAMEN left by the previous guest

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13602 posts, RR: 61
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1625 times:
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Y'know, it's funny - I was thinking about this issue about a week ago while staying at a hotel in SEA and walked by the maid cart. Ever take a good look at those things?

I did - saw lots of towels, washcloths, etc.

But no glasses. Not one. I immediately thought, "Wait - that doesn't make sense. They'd need an entirely separate cart fully stocked with nothing but clean glasses to handle changing them out for this floor."

And that's when it dawned on me that the housekeeping staff didn't replace them - they just cleaned them in the sink somehow!



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User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1600 times:



Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 20):
Frigate or Submarine?

Pretty inconsiderate leaving your crew behind!!

Look on the bright side, she didn't wash the glass in the toilet. That was my biggest fear when I clicked on the video.

Rather than glasses though, it's ICE you should be more worried about. Clear solid ice = better quality water. White/crumbly ice = leave alone.



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1550 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Thread starter):
drinking cups

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I canNOT open the link about the glass but the link about the little animals in the beds and toilets. I actually, when travelling, always have a spray-can of anti-insecticide with me and routinely check bed and toilet etc and in case of doubt go ahead in fighting down any potential hazard. In case of such glasses, if location and hotel have acceptable water, I simply always wash such glasses before using them. In case of locations with inappropriate water, I clean the glass with a towel of my own, possibly using a bit of a "spirit".
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Heavily into the 1980ies, most middle-class hotels from Casablanca to Aqaba harboured some animal-life and so, a full application of chemical warfare in hotel rooms was the normal thing to do.


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