When it comes to bad celebrity behavior, trashing hotel rooms is surprisingly common. Some rich and famous guests party too hard. Others specifically want to exact revenge on a hotel chain. Occasionally, the destruction is an unfortunate byproduct of a star’s personal troubles. Whatever the reason, the following celebs racked up some massive bills and spawned many stories after reportedly wreaking havoc on their homes away from home.
Find out who spent more than 50K for one reckless night in Prague and which famous moms could be in the running for parents of the year. Have you heard the one about the carpet soaked in shark’s blood or the car in the swimming pool? And let’s be honest: It’s never a good sign when a star with a rough reputation turns down maid service … for two weeks. Find out who’s been banned for life and who has since made amends as we examine some of the most outrageous and noteworthy stories of celebrities trashing hotel rooms.
What’s bugging Johnny Depp?
Johnny Depp is one of the most famous actors in the world, but when this incident happened in 1994, he was just starting to make a big splash in films such Edward Scissorhands and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. A month before Depp’s titular turn in Ed Wood opened in theaters, he was arrested at The Mark hotel in New York City. According to People, Depp « used his fists and combat-boot-clad feet to smash a glass coffee-table top, a lamp stand, a china pot and some antique picture frames in his more-than-$l,200-a-night suite. » Depp’s lawyer suggested that the actor was frustrated because his usual NYC hotel, the Carlyle, had no availability. Others suggested he was having a lovers’ quarrel with model Kate Moss.
People also interviewed neighboring guest Roger Daltry, formerly of The Who, who bragged about his rock band being better at trashing hotel rooms than Depp. « It took him so bloody long, » Daltry said. « The Who could have done the job in one minute flat. » Depp later claimed he was trying to kill a cockroach, but in 2009, he finally came clean to Esquire about his shady past: « I was in a bad mood and I assaulted a hotel room. I broke a lot of stuff and it felt good. I felt better afterwards. I can’t say that I would recommend it, but you just do what you have to do in the moment that you have to do it. »
Kate Moss’ bikini supposedly triggered a hotel room tantrum
Supermodel Kate Moss dated the aforementioned Johnny Depp while he was in his hotel trashing phase, so maybe he gave her some pointers in the art of ransacking one’s accommodations. As the face (and very thin body) of Calvin Klein, Moss had a controversial reputation. Her party-girl image was entangled in Hollywood, and it was at the Cannes Film Festival that this next story goes south (of France).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moss was thrown out of the Hotel du Cap in 1998 after trashing her room. What prompted her to allegedly destroy a $12,000-per-night room and get banned from the celebrity hot spot for life? The joint supposedly asked her not to wear a bikini in the public hallways. That incident occurred during a tumultuous year for Moss, who eventually checked herself into a treatment facility. « I’ve been doing a lot of work and too much partying, » she told the Mirror (via People). « I wasn’t happy with the way my life was going. So I decided to step back and assess my life and future. »
Keith Richards got his satisfaction trashing hotel rooms
Now renamed and remodeled, the Andaz West Hollywood is a respectable destination, but back when it was known as the Hyatt House, folks called it the « Riot House » because of all the rock stars who left their mark there. The Rolling Stones guitarist, singer, and songwriter Keith Richards is among the hotel’s legendary guests. Filmmaker Robert Frank captured Richards throwing the television off the balcony of room 1015 in his 1972 documentary C***sucker Blues. Let’s just hope he got some « Satisfaction » out of that stunt. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.) Needless to say, the hotel enclosed all its balconies in glass in 2008.
The Stones frontman Mick Jagger mocked the band’s bad reputation in 2012, when he recited late night host David Letterman’s « Top 10 Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years in Rock n’ Roll. » One noteworthy item: « Be considerate of other hotel guests — trash your room by 10 p.m. »
Britney Spears may have paid the price for her kids’ hotel room shenanigans
The showbiz career of Britney Spears has included no shortage of tabloid dirt, but the rumors about her trashing a hotel room in 2009 may not be the product of a crazy Hollywood lifestyle. Instead, this one just sounds like an unfortunate day-in-the-life-of-a-mom moment.
While staying at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut, where she performed in 2009, the tabloids alleged that her tykes, Sean Preston and Jayden James, racked up a big hotel bill for their mom by ruining curtains, drawing on walls in crayon, and going potty in the pool. The good news: According to MassLive, Spears’ « Circus Tour » was a big hit, described as « a stunning comeback for an artist who nearly crashed and burned just one short year ago. » We hope she still turned a profit after paying for the damages, but considering the Mohegan Sun has welcomed her back since that rumored ruckus, all seems to be forgiven.
Rod Stewart just wanted some ‘respect’ from the Holiday Inn
The Holiday Inn hotel chain reportedly banned Rod Stewart for throwing wild parties with too many girls in his room while touring with Faces in the ’80s. Stewart hasn’t denied it. In fact, he detailed his antics years later, per the Mirror: « We’d empty rooms, stick furniture in the lift and send it to the lobby. » Why go to all that trouble trashing the place? « It seems foolish now, but we did it because, especially in the Holiday Inns, we’d get no respect, » Stewart said. « They didn’t want to serve us so we took our revenge. »
They say time heals all wounds, and that seems to be the case between Stewart and the hotel chain. After Stewart talked about the ban on The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Holiday Inn tweeted: « We’re not one to hold a grudge. You’re welcome back any time. » The rocker reportedly took them up on that and stayed in Holiday Inns during his 2016 U.K. tour. However, he couldn’t resist teasing the hotel on Twitter: « Careful what you wish for. After parties @holidayinn on tour this summer. »
Nirvana pits a hotel room TV against a coat stand … and nobody wins
Sadly, Kurt Cobain is no longer here to tell the story of Nirvana’s wild days, but Kurt Loder is. The MTV reporter interviewed the band in St. Paul, Minn. in December 1993, and years later, he told MTV News what happened after that infamous interview. Loder reportedly drank with Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Novoselic supposedly broke a photo on the wall. Security got wind of it, but Loder covered for the band, earning him infinite cool points in grunge history. « It’s, like, 4 in the morning, and we hear that hotel security is coming up, so I said, ‘Well, it’s really time for me to leave,' » Loder recalled. « So I’m leaving, going to the elevator, they’re behind me, because they want to go down to my room; they don’t want to get in trouble either. »
Alas, Loder had apparently jumped from the frying pan into the fire, because the band allegedly proceeded to trash his hotel room instead, breaking tables and chairs and really working on the TV to the tune of $19,000 in damages. « It was hard, you know, to use a coat stand [to break a TV set], » Loder said. « You’d figure it would go right through it — but you had to continue doing it before it finally works. They were just out of their minds; it was fabulous in a way and yet wrong. »
Courtney Love wreaked ‘havoc’ on a snazzy hotel room
Rocker Kurt Cobain’s widow experienced her own wild rock star days as frontwoman for Hole, and in 2009, she reportedly trashed a fancy hotel room at The Inn on Irving Place. According to a Page Six insider, « She caused so much damage in eight hours and wreaked so much havoc. It was actually kind of funny … minus the $5,000 in repairs. » What was some of the damage? « Dirty needles and used feminine hygiene products [left] behind. » We don’t know about you, but that… doesn’t sound all that hilarious to us.
Not to mention, Love’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, was reportedly with her mom during that infamous stay. In 2019, Frances Bean, who is also pursuing music, joined RuPaul’s What’s the Tee podcast to discuss her relationship with her mom. She said Love is « so deeply empathetic and so intelligent » that it’s difficult for her mom to « sit with herself, » noting that Love is « highly self-destructive as a result of not knowing what to do with all that information and feeling. »
Hotel rooms were no match for Aerosmith in the ’70s
Aerosmith has remained a force in rock n’ roll since its debut in the ’70s. Wayne’s World introduced the rockers to a new generation in the ’90s and helped launch their highly-acclaimed Get a Grip album — the one that gave us tracks such as « Livin’ on the Edge » and « Cryin' » and introduced us to Alicia Silverstone. The rockers continue to tour and record, and lead singer Steven Tyler was a judge on American Idol – so clearly, his reputation survived the band’s rambunctious antics in the ’70s. That’s when « Dream On » and « Sweet Emotion » were climbing the charts and when Tyler, Joe Perry, and the rest of the band were chopping up hotel furniture, literally.
According to CBS News, Aerosmith used to « bring a chainsaw on tour so they could use it on hotel room furniture, and extension cords so they could drop TVs into swimming pools. According to the band’s Walk This Way documentary, the rockers’ tour manager enacted a 24-hour-rule. « If we didn’t see a band member for 24 hours, we broke down the hotel room door to see if they were still alive, » he said (via The Guardian.) These days, Aerosmith performances are much more orderly affairs. The band launched a Las Vegas residency in 2019, and Sin City hotels have not reported any sawdust in their suites.
Amy Winehouse unleashes ‘carnage’ on her hotel room
The late Amy Winehouse sang openly about her addictions and tragically died from fatal levels of alcohol in her blood in 2011. One of the « Rehab » singer’s most infamous hotel room trashings occurred in 2008, following one of her stints in a treatment facility. Winehouse reportedly stayed at the Park Plaza London Riverbank hotel for about two weeks, but that was two weeks too long, according to hotel sources who described the « carnage. »
According to Marie Claire, she refused to let cleaners do their jobs during her stay, and when she finally checked out, the scene was less than ideal. « The bed hadn’t been changed since she arrived and most of the room had been used as an ashtray, » a source claimed.« There was dirty underwear everywhere and the place smelt incredibly stale. She had taken a mirror off the wall and laid it on the floor. One can only guess what for. The bath had to be scrubbed and unblocked from balls of matted hair. »
In 2009, Winehouse allegedly smeared the walls of her hotel room with spaghetti and tore up some carpet prior to the MTV Europe Music Awards. Rapper Snoop Dogg supposedly witnessed the whole thing. « Snoop was just standing there open-mouthed, » a source told MTV News. « He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. »
Ozzy Osbourne is the Prince of Darkness … and hotel destruction
Ozzy Osbourne became famous as the lead singer of Black Sabbath and infamous for biting the head off a bat on stage, but even that controversial chomp doesn’t seem as weird as Osbourne’s hotel room antics. When bandmate Tony Iommi published his 2012 autobiography, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, he shared a story about the Prince of Darkness defacing a room at the Edgewater hotel in Seattle.
« The hotel was built on stilts and leaned over the water…you could fish out the window, » Iommi wrote. « Ozzy was fishing out of the window once and caught a shark, which he put in the bath while we did the gig. Of course it died … Ozzy then proceeded to cut it up. Blood and s**t everywhere … I don’t know what he was doing. » The band also tied a lamp to some fishing line and left. Needless to say, it wasn’t there when the group returned. « So we picked up the bill for that one. »
Osbourne trashing hotels allegedly continued when he went solo. Guitarist Zakk Wylde waxed poetic about one night in Prague that supposedly cost more than $51,000! « They said the room couldn’t be used for 41 days, » Wylde told Birmingham Live. « Hey, you and I could’ve cleaned the place up in two hours — with the right kind of equipment, something chemical, maybe biological. »
Amanda Bynes’ reputation went up in smoke at the Ritz-Carlton
Amanda Bynes was another promising talent whose personal challenges got in the way of her acting career. The star of Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show and All That, Bynes had a gift for characters and voices, which she put to good use in movies such as What a Girl Wants, She’s the Man and Hairspray. The actress stopped acting around 2010, but in 2013, she made headlines for getting kicked out of the Ritz-Carlton in New York City for allegedly smoking marijuana in her room. Bynes denied the allegations, but TMZ obtained pictures of the trashy scene, which reportedly included « piles of garbage, ashes, cosmetics, and even a destroyed smoke alarm. » The tab said Bynes « ran up a $9,000 bill over 9 days » and that was before the hotel finished tallying up the damages.
On the bright side: Bynes appears to have put those dark days behind her. By 2018, she was sober, studying fashion at FIDM, and prepared to discuss her controversial past with Paper magazine. « The mixture of marijuana and whatever other drugs and sometimes drinking really messed up my brain. It really made me a completely different person, » she said. « I actually am a nice person. I would never feel, say or do any of the things that I did and said to the people I hurt. »
Keith Moon’s hotel birthday party became the stuff of legend
The Who opened for Herman’s Hermits In Flint, Mich. the day after drummer Keith Moon’s 21st birthday. When the band returned to the Holiday Inn, Moon’s birthday party became the stuff of legends. Rumor has it that when the dust settled, all the fire extinguishers were empty; Moon’s drum-shaped birthday cake had been used as ammo in a food fight; and whatever allegedly made a toilet explode probably required some remodeling.
Oh, by the way, Moon supposedly drove a luxury car into the hotel pool. Details are hazy, but he apparently remembers the joy ride: « I ran out, jumped into the first car I came to, which was a brand new Lincoln Continental. When I took the handbrake off it started to roll, and it smashed straight through this pool-surround fence, and the whole Lincoln Continental went into the swimming pool — with me in it, » he said (via Louder).
Hermits drummer Barry Whitwam and Blues Magoos guitarist Peppey Castro both insist the car fiasco is a tall tale. « There was no car in the pool, only all the pool tables and chairs… » said Whitwam, though he claims he did see the bill for the hotel trashing. « We were hit with a $25,000 bill for new carpets, wallpaper and ceilings. »
Multiple hotels blacklisted Lindsay Lohan for trashing rooms
Lindsay Lohan was on top of Hollywood from about 1998 to 2005. Her dual role in The Parent Trap made her a young box office behemoth, and she went on to star hits such as Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, but her party-girl image and a slew of legal troubles eventually overshadowed her professional life. In 2013, the struggling starlet showed up in Scary Movie V, which is not exactly a benchmark of cinematic success. The year before that saw her headlining the misguided prestige projects The Canyons and Liz & Dick. In the midst of it all, Lohan apparently didn’t even know that she’d been banned by the Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, Calif.
According to TMZ, Lohan and her mom tried to check in late one night in 2013 and were « unceremoniously turned away » because the actress had been put « on a blacklist after she allegedly trashed one of their rooms in 2007. » CBS Los Angeles reported that « the cleaning crew discovered the room littered with cigarette butts, dirty towels and trash, then claimed a bloody syringe was found. » Earlier that same year, the famed W hotel in New York City reportedly banned Lohan for allegedly causing $50,000 in damage to a single room. A source told Us Weekly, « Her suite had so many cigarette burns, they had to change all the carpets. »