Warning: Hostel newbs, these things don’t happen all the time. I’ve been very lucky with my hostel life, but just be warned that the accumulation of random people in one place has a higher tendency for weird experiences.
Not too long ago on Facebook, I mentioned that I had an interesting encounter in a hostel where a female dorm mate decided that sleeping, walking and talking to me while in the nude was an OK thing. She was Australian. This was awkward.
At the same time, I asked my Facebook friends what their most crazy and/or awkward hostel encounters were, and these are the horror stories they came up with!
I don’t think I ever left a hostel as early. . .
Kami (Kami and the rest of the world):
I’ve just written a post about that when I stayed in a really lovely hostel in Chester, UK I shared a room with 3 Welsh guys who came there just to party. One of them didn’t come back at all, one behaved and went straight to sleep but the other one woke me up at 3am as he wanted to talk about Poland and England, cultural differences and eventually the meaning of life. Of course he was extremely drunk that he had huge problems speaking. When I finally got rid of him (all this time he was sitting on my bed) he just simply vomited all over the carpet next to his bed… to make things worse for me the reception was closed at that time so I couldn’t get myself another room… I don’t think I’ve ever left a hostel as early as then, at 8 or so in the morning.
A dude shit himself. . .
Kaylin Elizabeth Stephens (Kaylin Around the World):
A dude shit himself in my hostel and almost got arrested for coming out of the hostel naked from the waist down still covered in shit and banging on the neighbor’s door in Seoul.
A bloke brought home a hooker. . .
Alexandra Pucherelli (Fluent in Frolicking):
A bloke brought home a hooker to a 12 person mixed dorm room at 6:30 am. Stumbled into the bunk beds, turned on the rooms lights, laughed, talked, than climbed up to his upper bunk bed and started to have sex with hooker. Let’s just say the other 11 people sleeping in the room weren’t very happy! Oh, this was in Bangkok! Great hostel though I’ve stayed there three times and this was the only time anything like this happened.
. . .the previous occupant had pissed in the bed.
Ben West (The Red Rucksack):
Very, very tired I jumped into my hostel bed in Rio and curled up to sleep. Just as I was falling asleep my hip started to get cold and it started to dawn on me that the previous occupant had pissed in the bed. The hostel staff just threw new linen over it….not happy!! Then that night the ceiling fan caught on fire and nearly burnt the whole place down, I didn’t hang around after that night
I didn’t expect them to stumble back in with boys. . .
Jade Johnston (Our Oyster):
I was staying in a small hostel room in Mt. Isa Australia with two other girls (who I didn’t know). They were both long termers and it was their last weekend in town. I sort of expected there would be a lot of drinking going on, and that maybe they would stumble back into the room drunk at the wee hours of the morning – but I didn’t expect them to stumble back in… with boys… and turn all the lights on while they started going at it! There were too many naked body parts flying around, and much too close to me and my things – so I ended up grabbing my bag, storming out, and sleeping on the couch in the common room.
. . .and then some other paraphernalia started showing up.
How about some interestingly delicate drug stories, involving Amsterdam? A guy bringing a big bag of weed and starting to roll a joint in late morning… and then some other paraphernalia started showing up, including a smaller bag of white powder. In the early 90s, there actually wasn’t that much open drug use, even in Amsterdam. I, at a very innocent 19 years old, just looked the other way and didn’t want a piece of that action.
I shared a room with a very amorous Dutch couple. . .
Chris Walker-Bush (Aussie on the Road):
I shared a room with a very amorous Dutch couple my first time on the road. They paused to greet us as we came into the room and then went right back to it. And they weren’t particularly quiet.
. . .would sneak men into the dorm room – a female only room
Nicole Blaess-Smith (Bitten by the Travel Bug):
Worst was when I was living in a hostel in London for about three-months. I was one of four people in the dorm that was there ‘long-term’ and one girl in particular, a lovely Russian girl who had been there the longest, would sneak men into the dorm room – a female only room – every night to either watch movies with them (sans headphones), talk loudly, or worst of all have very loud sex at around 3am… every morning.
Unfortunately despite being a well-known and really nice hostel they wouldn’t do anything about the girl so I had to move out.
China made us decide not to sleep in dorms anymore.
Sparrow in Space:
We’ve had a lot of weird experiences in hostels, most of them in China. Apparently when Chinese men go to uni they sleep in an all male dorm for 5 years with little to no privacy so they are used to doing everything out in the open. A hostel dorm is definitely not the same as a student dorm, especially since there are girls there (me). On two separate occasions we had Chinese men jerking off in the bed next to us, they didn’t even wait till we went to sleep. We tried couching, laughing, sighing but they did not care! China made us decide not to sleep in dorms anymore.
I once had to share a room with a bunch of rather aggressive skinheads. . .
I once had to share a room with a bunch of rather aggressive skinheads from Croatia, who weren’t particularly happy that some flaky blond chick is disturbing the peace of their Arian brotherhood. Up to that point I had never really thought about hostel dormitories and random people who get mixed up in there. Worse case scenario in my head so far had been that I get a snoring or loud partying room-mate, I never really even imagined such a clash of cultures. Needless to say I didn’t wait around for too long.
Have any juicy, disgusting, or awkward hostel horror stories of your own to share? Do it in the comments!