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A Hostel Mishap: Uhm… There’s a Bit of a Leak


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I have a lot to say about Barcelona, but I just want to get last night out of the way. This little hostel mishap deserves a story of its own!

I was pleasantly enjoying sleeping at the correct time here where it is 7 hours ahead of back home, when I was awoken to a light coming through the door. I rolled over to see a shadowy male figure in the room.

“Excuse me. Excuse me. We have a bit of a problem,” he whispered.

I stared at him as my eyes strained to adjust to the light and dark in the room.

He continues on (I had no idea who this guy was at the time), “Is this your stuff on the floor?”

I responded with a groggy “yes” just as he picks it up and the sound of dripping water fills the room.

“Uhm… There’s a bit of a leak.”

Oh my goodness! Yes, it was more than just a bit of a leak. The entire room was flooded with an inch or two of water! Luckily the stuff I had on the floor was just clothes, so no real harm, but there was another guy’s guitar on the floor!

It turns out the shadowy guy was the night front-desk guy. He turns the light on and wakes everyone up. We all scurried to pick up our stuff before it was destroyed. Then he delightfully informs us it was toilet water we were all enjoying up to our ankles. Nice.

This was 5am. After we got all of our stuff picked up, he runs off to get help. The room of people all fell back asleep until about 6am when the staff came in, turned on the light, and began furociously sweeping the water out of our room and into the hall. Oh man, it was a long and sleepless night for sure.

Can you believe it?!

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You might enjoy reading some of these crazy Hostel Horror Stories, or check out the better experiences in some of my hostel reviews and experiences. And, if you’re a first timer, check out the Newbie’s Guide to Staying in Hostels over on Her Packing List!


0 Responses to A Hostel Mishap: Uhm… There’s a Bit of a Leak

  1. Brian September 29, 2007 at 7:18 am #

    You should ask for a partial refund.

  2. Bethitwasgoingtorainbutdidn'tsalvon September 30, 2007 at 3:44 pm #

    oh boy….sounds like you are def. on the road to travel….

    I hope you’re having a great time!

  3. Kirsty October 1, 2007 at 4:26 am #

    Oh how I’ve missed hostels! Which one was it? Sounds like an interesting night… poor guitar.

  4. Brooke October 1, 2007 at 10:25 am #

    Barcelona Dream Hostel…. and luckily the guitar was ok. And my pants did get washed for free after that. It was actually pretty funny and we all found ourselves just laughing about it later. Oh travel! 🙂

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