THE very least you expect from a hotel room is a window – even if it looks out on a car park.
But even that is apparently considered a perk by some establishments.
In the era of TripAdvisor and social media, you’d think most hotels would up their game – but many around the world can still provide some serious accommodation fails.
A new online picture gallery has rounded up some of the funniest hotel disasters in recent years.
Thanks to camera phones and Facebook – a dodgy room doesn’t just mean a bad night’s sleep these days.
Instead, it can provide giggles for millions around the world.
From bedrooms without windows, to penis-shaped swimming pools – there are some real clangers out there.
Not to mention the hotels that think it’s acceptable to put a glass wall between the bedroom and the toilet.
Some of the building problems are so silly that you have to wonder if the architect held a grudge when designing the properties.
Read on to see some of the funniest fails… and what to look out for when booking next year’s summer holidays…
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He first rode the attraction on June 10, 2012, which means that he has ridden it an average of 2,000 times a year.
Jon loved it so much on his first time that he rode it again seven times that day.
He went back a few hundred times and then by the 999th time, the cast members started to wait for him at the gate – even jumping in for the 1,000th ride.
The local ABC News came down for the 2,000th ride and after a while it just grew into a mission to hit the 10,000 mark.
He even set up a blog called jons1000racers so the general public could keep track of his efforts.
He even keeps track of which car he rides each time.
Speaking on his blog after completing his 10,000th ride, he said: “The support [of the cast members] kept me coming back for more rides.
“It was after the 5,000th ride that I knew I wanted to reach 10,000.
“It is a good round number.”
He continued: “This year was the most crowded of all the years of racing – I went on 2,823 times in 2016 but only 1,610 times so far this year.”
He isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon either.
Jon added: “We will see what the rest of the year holds for me.
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Most of the time, hotels don’t chase the offender for payment of stolen items like dressing gowns and coffee mugs.
That’s mainly for two reasons – not only is it very hard to pinpoint which guest stole something, but they also often factor theft into their annual budget.
But, that doesn’t mean it won’t cause you a headache – because hotels are increasingly adding troublesome guests to “no-stay lists”.
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If that is a large chain then things could get tricky, as some companies actually exchange their lists with other hotel companies too.
One former hotel work told the news website: “Get in trouble at a Hilton in Miami, for example, and you may find it hard to get a reservation at a Holiday Inn in Seattle.”
While guests are mainly blacklisted for abusing staff, leaving without settling the bill or causing damage to the property, stealing the towels can also get you banned.
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On hotelier called Richard Gale said on Quora: “Main losses are small value items, like tea spoons.
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