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1. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y

I realised after the dorm post that i am secretly quite interested in the places people have stayed in while travelling (especially the horror stories) (Call it catharsis)

So whats the most "interesting" you've stayed in? Was it just an unexpected, once in a lifetime experience, haunted, or was there some pyschopath in your dorm?

Mine:

My haunted room in Luang Prabang where every night at 3 i would wake up suddenly and stare at some freaky painting right in front of the bed. And hear dogs howling...

And the rooftop at Varanasi where we slept on thin mouldy mattresses for free (if we ate breakfast there...) - i was almost broke then, but it was great fun, and really interesting too, looking out into the ancient city, the Ganges in the night...

Also the village, population 86 on the Lao China border, where there was no electricity and the night is just filled with millions of stars and little meteor showers.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

What a great post! I don't think my stories are quite so interesting, but they're memorable for me... In fact, just the other day I was remembering our B&B in New Orleans. In the middle of a HUGE rainstorm in the middle of the night, the roof started to leak--onto the bed next to my foot. It took me a sec to realize it wasn't some ghost in to haunt us, but it was weird trying to sleep up against one side of the bed while the leak kept up a steady stream...

Then there was the weird hotel in Marseilles with the mini bathtub. It was about 3-feet long and 4 feet deep, with only a very short shower hose. I actually have a pic of Neal squished in there, trying to get the soap off his back.

And the little hut just outside Kruger park, where I bug hunted in near panic every night, making sure there wasn't a spitting cobra or scorpion or 12-inch millipede hiding in some corner. The geckos watches us all night and something big crawled across the roof near dawn. The night we arrived, there was barely any electricity--so we had to make out way in the near pitch dark and, when the guide left us to get to bed, I was ready to run back to sleep on the bus. But I got over it (eventually!).

Plus the weird room in Maputo that had a window in the bathroom that looked out into a closet. What the designer had in mind I have no idea.

3. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

I stayed in a log-cabin on the banks of the frozen river Volga in Russia. In the morning I took a skidoo out on the ice and was the only living thing - or so I thought - until I came across a moose crossing the ice. He stopped to examine me, I stopped to examine him and all around us the world was white and quiet. I hope I never forget that place and that moment, ever.

4. Posted by martenia (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

hmmmm.. people having a shag on the bed next to mine could be classed as a horror story :)

5. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

the palms in sydney.

that place just brings people together. it's just pure chaotic fun.

6. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 7y

Though I'm not sure if this counts as a place I stayed at, my Grandpa often asks me to recount this story . . . . In Germany some of my friends and I were travelling back to school for the winter semester after Christmas break and we were all, naturally, broke.

We were coming in from Amsterdam, and even though we went nice and early to the train station (meaning days, not hours), the only ticket we could get was one that nearly none of us could afford. So we decided to take the Eurolines bus into Germany, and then catch the train to school (located in the small town of Fischbach, near Stuttgart). (Back then you could still get a "weekend ticket" for five people for only about 25-30 euros split between five people.) So we dutifuly hopped on our train, thinking we would be back in time.

However, the trains in Stuttgart stopped running at midnight, when we arrived, so we had to find a place to stay for the night (paying for a hostel, especially at that time of the night, was not an option). After wandering around taking shelter at a local late-night restuarant until 3 in the morning, we decided not to overstay our welcome and moved on.

So we wandered around the train station and finally found a heated stairwell. There we sat, leaning against our bags on the cement floor. . .. It would have to do. .. However, one of the German guards heard us, or saw my friends stealing a drag off of a midnight cigarette, and came over to us. He began yelling at us in German, of which I only remember (and will never forget), "Raus!!! Bahnhof!!!" He was angrily pointing at the train station. Some of us had left to go find a public washroom, and we tried to explain it to him but didn't speak enough German to even begin to communicate.

So off we went, shooed into the Bahnhof (our friends soon found us), where there was a heated room with many people sitting in it (this is what we thought he meant). We had passed by it on our search for somewhere to stay because it resembled what I can only imagine a drunk tank in Canada would resemble. It reeked of sweat, vomit, and booze, and everyone inside looked like they were drunk, passed out, or pitifully homeless. Just sitting in there for a couple minutes made my stomach turn. We just couldn't stay there. .. .

We ended up begging a hotel receptionist for the right to sit in their hotel lobby, which was partially open-air, until the wee hours of the morning when the ticket agent would open for the day. What a night!

7. Posted by mylesaway (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

wow! that's an amazing post... thanks to your grandparolleyesrolleyesrolleyesrolleyesrolleyesrolleyesrolleyes:[quote]

8. Posted by mylesaway (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

What a great post! I don't think my stories are quite so interesting, but they're memorable for me... In fact, just the other day I was remembering our B&B in New Orleans. In the middle of a HUGE rainstorm in the middle of the night, the roof started to leak--onto the bed next to my foot. It took me a sec to realize it wasn't some ghost in to haunt us, but it was weird trying to sleep up against one side of the bed while the leak kept up a steady stream...

Then there was the weird hotel in Marseilles with the mini bathtub. It was about 3-feet long and 4 feet deep, with only a very short shower hose. I actually have a pic of Neal squished in there, trying to get the soap off his back.

And the little hut just outside Kruger park, where I bug hunted in near panic every night, making sure there wasn't a spitting cobra or scorpion or 12-inch millipede hiding in some corner. The geckos watches us all night and something big crawled across the roof near dawn. The night we arrived, there was barely any electricity--so we had to make out way in the near pitch dark and, when the guide left us to get to bed, I was ready to run back to sleep on the bus. But I got over it (eventually!).

Plus the weird room in Maputo that had a window in the bathroom that looked out into a closet. What the designer had in mind I have no idea.

9. Posted by 3rdmonky (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Nothing super interesting yet, but a couple of things come to mind:

Stayed at a place in Athens where the shower had no walls, no curtains and was on a piece of flooring that was raised about a foot above the rest of the floor. Obviously the water went everywhere.

Also liked the overnight ferry from Italy to Greece - I just slept on the floor but some passengers actually pitched tents on the deck, only a couple of metres from the railings. Obviously thought ahead

10. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

We have stayed at so many strange places over the last 2 and a half years, but the one that springs to mind is a guesthouse in Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia.

The room was very strangely decorated to begin with - there were pan pipes, a big disused fire place, furniture made from big bits of tree branches, there was a full size canoe in the room and a shower which we can only describe as being downright dangerous. It was an electric heating element that fed the water through it so everytime we switched the shower on there were huge blue sparks - neither of us would go in without our rubber flip flops on!

The weirdest thing about the place was the family that ran it - an old guy and his two grown up daughters (think late 30's) who still called him 'Papi' and followed him around like young children would. Whenever we asked for anything (like the breakfast that was included) they would look at us really strangely and run away shouting 'Papi, Papi'! Oh and they locked us out after 8:30pm as they went to bed...one of the other guests had to run down and let us in the gate.

We also spent the night on a mini-roundabout in Tupiza, Bolivia, but that's a whole other story!