How to Smoke Weed in a Hotel

How to Smoke Weed in a Hotel

How to Smoke Weed in a Hotel

Discreet weed-smoking all boils down to being well-prepared, vigilant, and smart. First of all, you need to ensure that the smoke won’t escape from the room during the toking session. You can even minimize or eliminate odor production with a few nifty tricks. Once done, make sure to clean up and get rid of every single evidence. Finally, consider ditching your doobie for slightly more inconspicuous inhalation methods, including vape pens, bongs, and bowls.

A word of caution. Before toking, understand that there are risks, especially if you’re in an area where recreational marijuana use remains illegal. If the hotel staff catches you in the act, you can expect them to snitch on the cops. On top of that, you’ll have to pay a hefty fine, too. So, proceed with extreme caution. We don’t condone illegal drug activity, but we do understand that there are times when you just need a good smoke. That’s why we’ve laid out some harm reduction principles to help you get started.

What many of us don’t know is that the cleaning crew is not just sniffing for evidence but looking for it in the trash receptacles and they are smart enough to look for more than the very typical signs of pot smoking.

There are a few techniques and devices used to promote the illusion of a smoke-free environment that might help in this situation. And at least three of these can be used if you have a strict landlord or are living with the parents.

Does The Towel Trick Really Work?

Be careful with the towel trick because every hotel employee knows about this. The wet towel won’t eliminate all the smell, but if you ask me, it’s better than nothing/One thing though, when staff puts your fine under the door, and it’s blocked by a towel, they already know what’s up.

Eliminate All The Evidence

Make sure not to leave behind any butts, ash, papers, filters or any other smoking material whatever. It’s best if you have something like a Tupperware where you can put all your stuff in.

Use A Smokebuddy

When comedian Doug Benson saw that some hotels were using the AirGuard device to detect anyone smoking tobacco or weed in their hotel room, he declared a boycott on those hotels. To keep toking without the expense, he uses a Smokebuddy to filter the air he exhales into it.

Make A Sploof

How to Smoke Weed in a Hotel

Make a sploof—the poor man’s Smokebuddy—with a plastic bottle, dryer sheets, and scissors. Rinse the bottle out, puncture the base several times and stuff it with dryer sheets until full but not packed. Poke a hole into the cap and add a final dryer sheet under the cap as you screw it back on. Exhale your weed-filled lungs into the bottle and turn skunky smoke into Mountain Fresh Linen Breeze.

Do not throw this out in your trash can in case it reeks or the cleaning crew cotton on to what it is.


Joints and blunts leave behind the most offensive and detectable odor. Use a vaporizer or a vape pen to produce less smell.

Smoke By The Window

We know that this won’t solve all your problems but if we are on the road with the crew we just sit by the window and exhale through the windows. Preferrably, you should use a pipe or bong instead of a joint because you will need less hits and therefore produce less smell.

If you combine this method with the towel trick you should have a decent chance to get away with it.


If there are no windows, close the bathroom door and run the shower as hot as possible until the room is very steamy.

Once your bathroom is sufficiently steamy, spark up and enjoy. The steam will knock down smoke and absorb the smell.

Throw some of the hotel shampoos in there too, and soon your room will smell like a flowery bath, and you can relax without the paranoia of someone interrupting your high time.

Take Care Of The Cleaning Crew

Last but not least, make sure to tip the cleaning crew daily and be super nice to them (you should be nice anyway. Also, make sure not to leave a mess behind if you’re out of the room.

Smoking Weed Discreetly Is Attainable

How to Smoke Weed in a Hotel

For regular marijuana smokers, traveling can be a real nightmare. This rings especially true if you’re going to states where cannabis remains illegal and strongly stigmatized. The very idea of going weed-free for long periods, after all, is enough to make your stress and anxiety spiral out of control.

Here’s the good news: there’s no need to go down that dark path. With quick thinking and a few crafty ways, you can get away with smoking weed in a non-smoking hotel room. And don’t forget: being polite and nice can go a long way, too.

In any case, remember to exercise good judgment before lighting up that joint or bowl. Is the hotel staff too observant? Are there cops prowling about? If it seems too risky, then you don’t have a choice but to resist the temptation. If caught, after all, you never know if you’ll just be fined – or reported straight to the authorities.

Do hotels in legal recreational weed states allow smoking in hotel rooms?

Yes, some hotels do allow it. But others don’t. Here’s what you really need to know: most hotels basically look the other way and tolerate it (if not officially) as long as you get the right type of room and do it discreetly. The “right type of room” means getting a smoking room or a room with a private balcony, so you can step out on the balcony and enjoy your weed legally.

While it’s not a legal issue, the last thing you want is to be stuck in a 100% non-smoking hotel, in a room with no private balcony. Having to go all the way downstairs and outside to find a hidden smoking spot (and break the law by smoking in public) sure takes the fun and enjoyment out of being in a state with legal weed!

To help you find the best lodging for weed smoking, please check our directory and map of over 700 hotels with private balconies and smoking rooms in the states with a legal marijuana market. In it, there are links to book rooms through common booking sites like and Just pick a hotel room with “smoking” or “balcony” in the title (sometimes it’s shown in the room details) and you’re good to go.

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