Our 10 most awkward hostel experiences

Welcome again to the Wanderlust & Life diaries. A place where we document our own personal travel experiences. Today I wanted to talk about our worse hostel experiences.  In my early 20s I used to always stay in hostels, scouring the internet for good and bad hostel reviews. Now I am nearly in my 30s things have changed a bit especially with regards to my accommodation preferences. Don’t get me wrong, staying in a hostel can be amazing. I have met some of my best friends in hostels. In fact Dave and I met in a hostel in Toronto. However, there are some things about staying in hostels that I definitely do not miss. Here are my 10 most awkward hostel experiences. Feel free to add your own in the comments section.

1. Naked roommates

At a hostel I stayed in when I was in Toronto I had a roommate the next bunk over who would sit for hours on her bed naked. She had to be in her fifties at least and she would sit there and try to hold conversations with the rest of us in the room. It was often quite awkward as you wouldn’t know where to look. I was also conscious that I didn’t want to draw attention to it so I would sit there pretending everything was normal whilst talking about the weather. Eventually she changed rooms and needless to say her new roommates were not impressed either.

2. The awkward sex

I’m sure most people who have stayed in a hostel have encountered this. A couple come stumbling into the room drunk and giggling. Everyone else ignores it and has to pretend to be asleep whilst listening to the gentle rocking of the beds. In one room that I shared in a hostel in New York this happened. Luckily one of my roommates was not standing for it. She got up turned all the lights on and started screaming at them to go elsewhere. A naked guy then fell off the top bunk for all to see in a panic. He quickly grabbed his clothes and legged it out of the room. We all secretly applauded in our heads.

3. The vomiters

In a hostel in London I had to share a room with someone who drank way too much. That’s fine you say. That is what being young is all about. And I agreed until she projectile vomited all over the room. The worse bit was that she got sick over other peoples backpacks. After apologising she spent the rest of the night crying loudly in the middle of the room. We also had to put up with a putrid smell of sick which never really seemed to leave even after it was cleaned.

4. Unwanted guests

One time in Vancouver I woke up to the shuffling of a random person making themselves comfortable in my bed. I did my best to get rid of them but they had well and truly passed out. So I decided to sleep in one of the spare empty beds instead, because I literally had to leave to catch a flight in about 2 hours. I really wish I had of been there when they woke up though to see the confusion on their face.

5. Argumentative roommates

In Toronto in the middle of winter I had a roommate who turned all the heating off in the middle of the night. The heater was right next to her bed and all her bags were blocking access to the switch. Myself and my other roommates would wake up with bits of our drool frozen into the pillow. We complained about her several times but the staff did nothing, except provide us with extra blankets. We even raised it with the woman who told us to **** off. After about a week we ended up sleeping with 5 blankets and a coat each night. Eventually she moved on.

6. Bedbugs

I cannot say where but one of the hostels I was staying at had an infestation of bedbugs. We all had to move out and find alternative accommodation while it was treated. To this day I start scratching manically even when I think about it.

7. Mould issues

In a hostel in London the bathrooms had serious mould issues. Every time you walked in there you would be hit with a strong smell of damp. The walls were peeling off and I am not exaggerating they were completely black. It was hard not to throw up every time you needed a wee. I checked out out after 1 night.

8. The fighting roommates

In a hostel in Washington DC I shared a room with a couple who would fight constantly. It was mostly over him looking at other girls. It was an all girls dorm we had but he would sneak in in the night. One night we all awoke to the two of them screaming their heads off. Things were being thrown across the room like suitcases (not just theirs). No one else wanted to get involved so we just pretended to be asleep.

9. The druggies

At a hostel in the US I shared a bunk with a guy from the UK. He seemed really nice and I would exchange pleasantries if I ran into him. One day he told me that he would be taking heroin so if I saw anything not to rat him out. Needless to say I asked to be moved immediately.

10. The poo in the shower

My absolute worst experience was when I stayed in a hostel and went to have a shower. Every shower cubicle had what looked like a human poo in it. Even after it had been cleaned I still refused to shower in there knowing what had been.

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    July 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Also happened to me. I’m allergic to dust and bedbugs so my hostel experiences are quite a suffering most of the time. Sex, vomits … yeah too. And soooo tiny room that I didn’t have an option to put the bag on the floor, actually slept with it for a night!

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      July 8, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Haha looks like everyone has some horrible hostel stories. Thats so bad you had to sleep with your bag!!!!!

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    July 24, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Haha this post brings back some memories! I worked cleaning duty in a hostel in Edinburgh for a while, that put me right off hostel bathrooms lol

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      July 24, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Oh dear! I can only imagine!!!!!

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