You would hope hotel guests would be on their best behavior, but there are always those who ruin it for everybody else. In this case, some guests’ actions have lead to hotels removing their minibars. This is why we can’t have nice things. Most people avoid minibars because of the exorbitant cost of the drinks inside, but sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself.
The next time you’ve got an overnight stay in a hotel and reach for one of those little bottles of booze, however, take note. They might just have been tampered with and filled with another liquid, then had the top screwed back on as if nothing ever happened.
Here’s why you might want to pass on the minibar drink altogether. A recent survey found that one in three tourists admitted to drinking bottles from the minibar and then refilling them with other liquids, including water or urine, all so they could avoid paying for them!
As a result, hotels on Spain’s Costa Blanca have done away with the minibar idea entirely, saying that “mostly British” tourists were refilling the bottles with urine. What is wrong with people?
Hosbec, the hotel association for Costa Blanca and Benidorm, notes that Brits are among the biggest culprits of this sneaky trick, with a spokesman noting, “It may seem ridiculous, but I can assure you it is true. We have had people filling bottles with pee, and thank God that staff have always detected it.”
Since there are recent changes in local laws, Costa Blanca hotels are no longer obligated to provide the minibars in rooms. A 2015 rule change made it an optional service, but previously only smaller hotels of three stars or lower were exempt from providing minibars.
Since many found them to not be cost-effective, 90 percent of hotels in the region stopped providing them and now just offer complimentary water or juice or provide vending machines in the lobby or corridors for refreshments.
It’s probably best not to take any chances with the minibars if people are swapping out other liquids to make it look like the bottles are full of alcohol.
Other bad behavior by guests includes stealing towels from rooms or taking food from a buffet, as well as misreporting the number of guests staying in a room.
A number of years ago, a Swedish hotel worker shared that she’d dealt with this minibar switch in the past. She explained on Reddit: “Check the seals on the things in the minibar. I once had a guest who had drunk the whiskey and then peed in the bottle, closed it, and put it back. I’ve also seen candy three months past the [expiration] date.”
She provided another pro tip as well: “The glasses for toothbrushes are not always washed since the cleaners are in a hurry, often they are just held under the tap and rinsed (if even that). Check for lip prints.”
Another person shared: “Your breakfast food is likely always been handled in an unsanitary manner during set up” and “Bed bugs are more common than you think.”