posted on Nov, 4 2008 @ 04:54 AM
It was 1 am today when we received a phone call in reception from room ...3. My colleague answered it, but I did not pay much attention to it because
we get many room service orders during the night....
Before I continue I need to tell few things:
1. I do not have any photo evidence, so proof seekers can turn the page
2. I will not disclose full details about where it happened, in which room number and what are the names of the people involved because I am intending
to continue my employment there for a while.
3. The event happened in England, in nearly 200 bedroom hotel I work nights full time.
4. I will tell what happened, then I will give some background information and then my thoughts.
...and I thought it is one of those.
My colleague listened and then asked for the name, looked in the system and said "If you could just stay where you are and we'll be there for you in
a moment". He looked at me and said - there is a man naked on the second floor. He stays in room ...5, but he is ringing from room ...3. I grabbed a
key and rushed upstairs. As I entered the corridor I saw a naked male standing at the end of the corridor at one of the door openings, possibly trying
to hide himself in it, but corridor wall was too thin to allow it and could see his back.
I walked towards him and stopped behind him. He was standing still facing room ...5 (the room he was registered in the system). I said: "I'll need
you to step way from the door so I can open it for you". He did move a little and I opened the door and let him in the room. I looked at him as he
walked in his dark room. He had no clothes on him and his hands were wrapped around his shoulders (to stay warm I guess).
I said "You will need your room key to get your lights on". He turned back. Looked into my eyes as he took the key way from me and said "thank you
very much". His eyes were very deep and dark, he turned his back and door closed behind him.
I rushed back to reception to talk it over with my colleague, because it did not make any sense. I mean, we there are a lot of people sleepwalking and
they end up in corridors or reception eventually, but it was first time a sleepwalker would end up in another room.
I asked my colleague what exactly did he say on the phone. He said he did not say much - he asked where he is and that he does not know how did he get
there, that he is naked and asked for help. My colleague asked his name, checked it in the system and found that he is ringing from the neighbouring
I went upstairs one more time to check the room ...3 (the one he was ringing from). The door was closed and locked. There was nothing moved in the
room - the bed had not been touched, the bathroom was not used, there were no items left anywhere in the room. The only thing that had been moved was
chair near the phone as if somebody have been sitting in it.
In the morning the gentlemen came down and apologized about the inconveniences he had caused and said it sometimes happens to him. I asked if he
remembers how did he get into the room, he said he doesn't. I made a joke and asked him he can walk through walls, but he just laughed.
1. Room ...3 is situated next to room ...5. We have even numbers on one side and odd numbers on the other.
2. We do multiple floor checks every night and I did one just before midnight. On our floor checks we check room handles for early breakfast orders. I
would have noticed the open door because it stays open if it is left on a latch, but it was not. If room is not on the latch it closes automatically.
3. To open the door in a guest rooms you need a plastic card. The gentlemen did not have anything on him when I found him.
4. In order to get the light on you need to insert the plastic card in the socket - otherwise light would not work at all. That means that at the
moment of phone call he was in a complete darkness.
5. The windows do not fully open - just a bit on the top and there are no interconnecting doors from room ...3.
6. You have to dial "0" to ring reception
I tried first with reasonable explanations. The only one I could come up with that explains everything is this:
The guy was sleepwalking. On his way back he thought he is going into his room but entered just one before. Unluckily (and very unlikely) for him the
door was left on the latch (and therefore open - and I strangely enough did not notice it on my floor walk) and he walked in. Even though it was
absolutely dark he couldn't recognise it because his bed was not on the right, but on the left (those room have different set ups). He was touching
things around him like a blind person would, until he recognised a telephone on the desk. Because it was dark and he could not see the instructions he
tried all buttons until he finally dialed "0" which luckily for him went through to reception.
The open door theory is possible but very unlikely. There are 3 reasons why:
1. Housekeeping chambermaids do check all the rooms are closed, the supervisor checks that room are done up to the standard and would be first
precedent when the door is left open on the latch by housekeeping in my 6 years experience in hospitality
2. I checked all doors and I would have noticed it because it leaves a big gap.
3. What are the chances that the door that was left open by chambermaids and I did not notice it and was left open on the day there is a sleepwalking
guest staying with us. What are the chances that the door that was left open was next to the room the sleepwalking guest is staying in?
[edit on 4-11-2008 by FIFIGI]
[edit on 4-11-2008 by FIFIGI]