To celebrate 100 years, the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, DC, recently launched an amnesty program, encouraging guests to send back items taken through the years and share the story behind it, with hopes of winning a grand prize from the hotel company. One of the best they’ve received was a hotel folio from one couple’s 1944 honeymoon, says Mark Indre, market director of public relations for Marriott Mid-Atlantic. “The newlyweds paid $6 per night and had $3.65 in restaurant charges, which would be roughly $51 in today’s prices,” he says. If you think these stolen hotel items are crazy, wait until you see these outrageous real hotel amenities.
A decade ago, one room number kept mysteriously missing from Washington, DC’s, Mayflower Hotel: room 871, the alleged site where former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer had a tryst with a prostitute he’d flown in from his home state. The 2008 scandal that occurred in the room led to the end of Spitzer’s career. “The hotel had to eventually nail the plaque to the wall to stop it from walking off,” says Indre. Here are 17 more of the weirdest things ever stolen.
When the Mayflower Hotel ran its own amnesty program in 2008, one of the most mind-boggling stories came from someone who’d stolen an entire bathtub. A workman had apparently been hired to break it up while the hotel was being renovated, so he snuck it into the presidential suite’s elevator and took it home. You’ll want to visit some of the world’s strangest and most unique hotels.