Have you ever noticed that the room numbers in a hotel skip straight from room 419 to room 421? It turns out that this is the case in a large number of resorts. But why don’t hotels have room number 420?
You might have noticed that in most American and English hotels, there is no room number 420. But why are hotels avoiding this room number?
Why is 420 associated with cannabis?
It all started with a group of school kids in the 1970s – Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich – who called themselves the Waldos. The gang was on a mission to find a hidden crop of marijuana – to which they had been given a ‘treasure map’ which marked where the stash was.
They would regularly conduct after-school missions in search of the ‘treasure’ – meeting at 4:20 pm by a statue of Louis Pasteur. “4:20 Louis” thus became code for arranging a meeting – and over time this became simply “4:20”.
Every year, cannabis consumers celebrate ‘Weed Day’ on April 20th (4/20 in American date form) and numerous events are organized across the world. These often take on a political nature as many cannabis users call on governments to legalize the drug. In North America, 4:20 pm, or four twenty, is also often referred to as the ideal time to smoke cannabis.
So, to stay true to this tradition, room number 420 is very often requested by weed smokers. Since then, more and more hotels have been getting rid of number 420 so as not to bother their other clients.