(Closed) Spinoff: I want to hear your worst host stories!

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Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

My ex and I traveled to see friends out of state. We had made hotel reservations and they insisted that we cancel and stay them. We kept declining, but she eventually made me feel quite guilty. So we agreed. 

They put us in their sons room. Who had twin bunk beds. My ex was 6’3″ and 360lbs. He did not fit in a twin. Plus he couldn’t even let his feet hang off because, he obviously, due to a weight scare, had to sleep on the bottom. I also had to sleep on the top bunk. It was awful.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ugh – my Future Mother-In-Law.  My FI’s bedroom at her house has two entrances – one can be locked from the outside, the other you have to walk through the spare bedroom and into his bedroom.  She did that to get our dirty laundry.  Um, no thank you.  Gross, and invasive.  Please let me have my space.  And oh yeah, we were sleeping in the room when she walked in.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

I don’t know if this really fits since I wasn’t a “house guest”, but I went to a baby shower last year where the host/mom-to-be had invited so many people that we couldn’t all fit into the (GIANT) open living room/dining room space.  People couldn’t see the mom-to-be or what she was opening.  Some of the guests ended up helping to transfer the masses of gifts from the room the mom-to-be was in to another room – which got FULL.  It was SO gift grabby.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I once spent the night in a house that had a cat in heat, who everyone had locked out of their rooms. I was staying in the living room with the cat and spent the whole night listening to her yowling. Not fun! Someone said in the morning “I’m surprised you didn’t put her in the garage, that’s what we do”. Umm, why didn’t you tell me that she had a set-up out there? Who assumes that the logical thing to do with a cat is to lock her in a garage if she’s bugging you!?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Oh Lord, I hope this isn’t because I came off as a terrible host in my worst guest post 😛

My absolute worst experience was when I went abroad and was pressured in to staying with a friend at her cousin’s apartment. Said apartment was a studio apt with 1 bathroom that did not work the entire two weeks we were there – and for some reason, the hostess and my former friend continued to use it. I had to keep leaving the apartment to go to a bar on the corner, but they used the toilet so much with it’s non-flushing abilities that they had to call a plumber. I still don’t know why they did, but it made the apartment smell terrible and when I commented on it, our hostess and my friend told me I was being a disrespectful guest.

Beyond that, we slept on an air mattress about 2 feet from the hostess’ bed and after a night of drinking, she invited her new boyfriend home. Not sure if she forgot we were there or didn’t care, but it was loud and SO AWKWARD.

I still cringe when I think of that leg of an otherwise excellent trip.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

when my BIL became engaged they flew to the US to meet her family, he was told he would be staying with them (spare room, no problem) but when he showed up they said nice to meet you, we’ve made a booking at this place (super expensive SF restaurant) and you are taking us out for dinner and then you can drop us off when you go back to your hotel (a hotel he didnt have booked because they told him he was welcome to a spare room)

BIL was unprepared for all the added extra expense so was transferring funds because his future inlaws suddenly saw him as a bank machine – he hasnt visited since and they visited about 2yrs ago and were just as bad im told

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Pinksapphire:  me too. I hate it. I always wonder if it’s time for me to get up, or time for me to go to bed. Are they in their bathroom? Can I turn the tv on? Can I get my own glass of juice it’s awful.

That same trip, they never offered us breakfast either. It was super strange. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

That is why I like to stay in hotels instead of staying with people.  I always feel so uncomfortable staying other people’s houses

yes, me too!  we have 4 nights in the NY soon and even though we’ve had offers to stay with friends i prefer paying $425 per night at a hotel so i dont bother our friends plus we have privacy

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

On choir tour we did ‘homestays’ where 2-4 girls would stay with host families. Most of them were AWESOME, but at one home, they refused to refill the woodstove that heated the entire home! So we go to bed semi-warm, and wake up FREEZING at 2am. All 3 of us fainted at the next performance that evening because we all were sick. The people were nice, but definitely not super-awesome hosts :-/

The worst part was getting on the bus in the AM, where all the choir members shared our ‘homestay stories’ from the night before. We had no heat with 3 girls crammed into one tiny guest room, while these two guys ended up in a legit mansion, with a bowling alley, jacuzzi, basketball court, their own very nice rooms, etc. I just wanted to be warm and fed! LOL.

Post # 13
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5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

‘homestays’

i have a friend and her sister was a foreign exchange student in a eastern europen country and she actually had to pick potatoes and walk 3miles to school each day

we laugh because one day she is going to be a parent that can actually say “when i was your age i had to…” and its true

 

Post # 14
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1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Already decided to delete what I posted here and to email my brother about this to clear the air. I’ll just throw it out here that my one SIL is a bit psycho.

Post # 15
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140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My Mom, my 2 Aunts, and myself were staying with another Aunt and Uncle’s family in PA in February.  My Uncle is a total nutjob-clean freak-rude person-black sheep.  They asked us to take our shoes off when we arrived which is totally fine, but then the Uncle decided he wanted to vacuum the whole house, and he made us stand in the freezing garage while he did it! With no shoes! We also got a tour of the house, but were asked to never touch the walls because they didn’t want to have to repaint.  We were shown the guest bathroom too, but asked not to use it because they didn’t want to have to disinfect it again.  

Then they asked us what we wanted to do for dinner, and all the guests basically had to take them out and foot the bill because they were not offering anything.  After coming back to their house after dinner, all the ladies were sitting in the living room talking and the Uncle came out onto the upstairs landing and told his wife it was bedtime.  He shut off all the lights in the house, so we had to find our way to our bedroom… in the dark… without touching any walls!!! God forbid we touch a wall to feel our way out of there!  Also, it was only 8 pm!

The next morning, we were fed breakfast in shifts on their 2 barstools pulled up to a high counter.  Everyone got 1 Eggo waffle.  Did I mention they laid a tarp down under the counter so nobody could drop crumbs on their kitchen floor? This was like 25 years ago, and its still an infamous story at family gatherings… 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went to visit my Mom after a year of being away for the military. When I arrived she wasn’t home (she was well aware of my arrival time) because she had gone to her vacation home, she put a stopper on the thermostat to ensure that I didn’t turn the A/C on, and she left a note saying that I would need to get my own food (the fridge was totally empty).

ETA: The next morning when she arrived home, she called to ask me if I could make enchiladas for lunch because she didn’t want to cook (which, remember, would require a fair amount of grocery shopping).

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