The money-saving hotel room feature that guests loathe – and how to turn it off without getting in trouble

THE humble fridge in the hotel room has caused quite a stir among vacationers, and many blame it for sleepless nights.

While most guests these days know to avoid expensive minibar prices, the fridges come in handy for guests looking to save on travel money and store groceries and drinks at the supermarket.

TikTok user Rexford "hates" noisy refrigerators in hotel rooms


TikTok user Rexford “hates” noisy refrigerators in hotel rooms
The TikTok user recommended unplugging the fridge and stuffing it with a towel to prevent ice on the floor from melting


The TikTok user recommended unplugging the fridge and stuffing it with a towel to prevent ice on the floor from melting

But when it comes to budget versus sleep quality, many prefer the latter, as guests complain that the device’s constant buzz keeps them awake.

Refrigerators make a low humming sound when the compressor inside the unit starts to work.

Tiktok user Rexford, known as @Rexfordwagner said on the social media platform, “I hate noisy mini-fridges in hotel rooms.”

“The problem is big Mini Refrigerators have a small ice box where ice can form [metal component].

“And when you unplug the fridge, it melts and leaves a mess on your floor.”

He showed other users how to “properly” turn off fridges in hotel rooms by unplugging the fridge and stuffing the bottom drawer with a towel.

He said: “As an extra precaution, put another towel or bath mat right in front of the fridge in case there’s a spill.”

“This way you can turn off the noisy rattling mini-fridge without making a mess.”

Noisy hotel refrigerators have prompted complaints on TikTok, Twitter and Instagram, on Tiktoker (@terri..snyder) claimed that her noise sounded like it was “snoring.”

Another person added on Twitter, “I hate sleeping in hotels, the air conditioner and fridge are always so noisy for no reason.”

Another added: “My fridge in my hotel room is making a really loud noise and I haven’t slept because of it. I hate being a light sleeper.”

Noise isn’t the only thing putting people off hotel fridges – recently a hotel guest was fined £41 just for opening one in their room.

A notice posted in the room said the person would have to pay the fee if they wanted to put their own stuff in the fridge during their stay.

It said: “The refreshment center is connected to a sensor. There is an automatic fee of $50 (£41) for use of the refreshment center for personal storage.”

And fridges aren’t the only hotel feature people hate.

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In the meantime, this simple hotel mistake could result in you losing your room to someone else.

Some vacationers "to hate" the loud noise while others use it to fall asleep


Some vacationers “hate” the loud noise, others use it to fall asleepPhoto credit: Getty

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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