From smashed TVs, to drug abuse, to hard-partying armadillos, it seems there’s nothing some stars love more than laying waste to a nice hotel room. In the below list we take a look at twenty of the worst celebrity hotel guests. And it isn’t just bands – actors show they can abuse hotel staff just as well as rock stars! From the usual suspects (Charlie Sheen) to the more surprising perpetrators (John Travolta?) we explore the many creative ways actors, musicians, and artists misbehave while away from home.
20. Michael Jackson
Might as well kick off this list with one of the weirder ways to get barred from a hotel: dressing as a Disney character. It’s said that Michael Jackson was banned from staying at London’s Dorchester Hotel due to the “circus” he always brought along with him. In one particularly odd incident in 2005, he terrified a maid when he greeted her dressed like Mickey Mouse.
19. Nicki Minaj
The Dorchester doesn’t play around. In yet another incident at the hotel, Nicki Minaj fans stormed the premises, fighting and spraying graffiti on the walls. Ms. Minaj was asked to leave, though she didn’t seem too bothered, as she later tweeted: “We’ve officially been kicked out of the hotel! Lmaoooooooo.”
18. John Travolta
John Travolta supposedly lost his spa privileges at the New York Peninsula Hotel after the male employees expressed dismay over his “creepy” overtures during massages. One worker at the hotel says he behaved badly in the spa, and that was enough to see him excluded.
17. Christian Bale
Yet again, trouble at the Dorchester! This time with Batman himself, Christian Bale. Bale, who isn’t exactly known for his even temper, caused a stir back in 2008 when he was accused of shoving both his mother and sister while inside his suite. He wasn’t charged, but news of the incident didn’t do wonders for his reputation.
16. Keith Moon
One could say Keith Moon is the godfather of hotel trashing. The drummer for The Who really took it to a new level back in 1967, when he laid waste to a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan. He quite literally blew up the toilets, drove a car into the pool (naked) and somehow managed to lose a tooth during the whole ordeal.
15. Led Zeppelin
In their ’70s heyday, Led Zeppelin were notorious for their wild hotel antics. Whether they were throwing televisions out of windows, or revving motorcycles through the halls of the Chateau Marmont or the Continental Hyatt House, their tours left a trail of wreckage in their wake.
14. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen isn’t exactly known for his level-headed demeanor. His wild temperament was on full display at New York City’s Plaza Hotel, where he became furious over a lost wallet and phone and proceeded to destroy the room. He caused $7,000-plus in damages, and the woman staying with him reportedly hid in the closet to escape his rage.
13. Lindsay Lohan
It sounds like Lindsay Lohan could write a book on how to trash a hotel room. The actress is reportedly banned from multiple hotels, including the W chain, where she destroyed the room with cigarette burns, the Chateau Marmont, where she ran up a $46,000 bill that she didn’t pay, and Shutters on the Beach, where she threw wild parties.
What is it about rock stars and destroying TVs? Even members of Nirvana once indulged in the activity. According to rock journalist Kurt Loder, back in 1993 he watched a very drunk Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic trash not one, but two hotel rooms, including televisions. The bill the next day? A mere $19,000.
11. Scott Disick
Reality star villain Scott Disick lived up to his entitled reputation during a stay at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. Disick and his rowdy entourage proceeded to guzzle drinks and blaze marijuana in a non-smoking room. One member of his party actually leapt over a bar at one point to nab another bottle of booze.
10. Amanda Bynes
Back in 2013, Bynes was reportedly booted from the Ritz Carlton for her rude and erratic behavior. The piles of dirt and garbage she left in her room resulted in a $9,000 bill. Hotel staff believed she was abusing drugs during her stay, and sadly, the actress was later hospitalized for mental illness.
9. Florence Welch
Singer Florence Welch almost went up in flames – literally, after a night of partying with Kanye West. As Welch told Q magazine, partying with Kanye involved multiple martinis, and she awoke to find that her dress was ripped, she’d chipped her tooth, and she’d almost set her room on fire with a forgotten cinnamon tea light.
8. Johnny Depp
Don’t you just hate it when placental mammals cause up to $10,000 in damages to your room? Yes, that is what Johnny Depp claimed happened back in 1994. When his room at the Mark Hotel was found destroyed, the actor claimed it was done by an armadillo. The armadillo was never found.
7. Russell Crowe
The Gladiator star was most definitely not entertained during a stay at New York’s Mercer Hotel back in 2005. Russell Crowe became furious when he couldn’t place a call home to Australia, and threw the phone at the concierge, who later pressed charges against the actor.
6. Britney Spears
Oops, she did it again! The tabloids had a field day when Britney Spears was snapped having a topless makeout session in the Standard Hotel’s rooftop pool. The guy in question with an extra from Spears’ video shoot, and in a super classy move, he sold his story to Us Weekly.
5. Axl Rose
Back in 2006, Axl Rose bit off more than he could chew during a dispute with a hotel security guard in Stockholm. The Guns N’ Roses frontman quite literally sank his teeth into the guard’s leg. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he then proceeded to go on a mirror smashing spree. An appetite for destruction, indeed!
4. The Rolling Stones
It may stun readers to hear that a young Keith Richards wasn’t an extremely considerate hotel guest. But yes, it’s true! In fact, the rocker’s penchant for tossing TV’s into the street (a full ten stories up) resulted in the Hyatt in West Hollywood sealing off the windows to the balconies.
3. Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse was well known for her wild ways and self-destructive behavior. The singer was once spotted by Snoop Dog throwing a plate of spaghetti at the wall of a hotel room, and in London’s Sanderson Hotel, a special firm had to be brought in to clean blood from the walls after she stayed with her abusive husband.
2. Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell made headlines back in 1998 after hitting her personal assistant with a phone during a stay at a Toronto Hotel. She was ordered to take anger management classes, but alas, her anger was not well managed, for in 2005 she was accused of punching her friend at the Eden Hotel in Rome.
1. Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali was known for his wild imagination and eccentric behavior, so of course he used to bring two ocelots to stay at the Le Meurice in Paris. The animals behaved like a couple of mini-rock stars, urinating and destroying. Another time, the painter apparently once attempted to order a horse from room service. Alas, it’s reported the staff said, “Nay.”