This has to be one of the sweetest gigs for folks who love to travel and hang out all day in fluffy hotel robes. Major U.S. hotel chains, including high-end luxury resorts, hire legions of undercover agents to stay at their hotels and rate everything from front desk service to the thread count of bed linens.
To get hired as a hotel mystery shopper, it helps to have several years of management experience in the hospitality industry, impeccable taste and a flair for the dramatic — mystery shoppers are often asked to impersonate a troublesome guest, like the lady who manages to break her TV, toilet and smoke alarm within 20 minutes of arrival.
Hotel mystery shoppers are expected to travel 42 weeks out of the year and are paid by the gig. The client provides a checklist of dozens of items for the secret guest to rate and provide detailed feedback [source: O'Shea-Evans].