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Do Not Do: Plug the Microwave Cord Across The Sink

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November 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM | by | ()

While staying at the Sheraton Suites in Kansas City, Miss. the other week--our first Sheraton Suites experience actually--we came across this disaster scenario in our suite with the microwave cord stretched across the sink to the outlet.

We know that any capable adult would take extreme precautions when running either the sink or the microwave in this scenario but still, this is a fire/electrocution hazard just waiting to happen.

Not helping is that we spied a torn off cord of some other kind on the other side of the room as well.

Despite the fear of electrical shocks, we didn't mind the rest of the room, even though it was rather outdated and rather expensive for what it was (over $200 including tax.) The bed was a super comfortable Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed and the Shine products in the bathroom were excellent. They even came with a little shower poof.

We also liked the complimentary bottled water for Starwood Preferred Guest members and that there was free WiFi in the guest rooms and the lobby. But having the wires carefully tied up and put away would have been a nicer touch.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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Some Helpful Advice: What NOT To Do in a Hotel

February 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM | by | ()

We're gonna assume that if you've ended up here on our site, which is all about hotels, then you've stayed in one at least once before. Yet even frequent hotel guests can always use some helpful reminders of Things Not To Do When Staying in a Hotel.

Don't Expect an Early Check-In: Hotels have check-in times of 2 to 4 pm for a reason--they need time to get the room ready for the next guest. That said, hotels aren't always fully booked so if you arrive at 11am and want to check-in, staff could feasibly accommodate you. But...don't count on it in advance.

Don't Let The Hotel Walk You Unless...: They pay for your room and your transportation to the new hotel. If you aren't familiar with the term "walking", it essentially means the hotel doesn't have a room for you and must send you to a different property. This often happens when you book through third-party travel sites. But if you reserve directly through the hotel and they still don't have a room for you, then the hotel needs to pay for your stay elsewhere and any reasonable transportation (cab ride, car service) costs to get there.

Don't Use the Bedspread: We're just not going to apologize for our germaphobe stance on this. The stats are in and the covers have gotta go. Here's our suggestion: Take a hanger from the closet, use it to lift the top blanket off the bed and drop it on the floor. Thankfully, many hotels are taking a No-Comforter approach in the guestrooms, but a few are still insisting on those dreaded floral bedspreads that probably haven't been washed in a queen's age.

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Olympics Scam Crackdown Targets People Selling Fake Hotel Rooms

January 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

The Olympics site in Stratford, London

Remember when we told you about the ongoing crackdown on scalpers hawking non-legit Olympics tickets? Well, the local po-po (or, would that be bo-bo, since we're talking U.K. bobbies?) are going after delinquents selling fake hotel rooms, too.

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Unless You've Got £20K to Spare, Don't Bother Asking Your Concierge for 2012 Olympics Tickets

November 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM | by | ()

They're ever so helpful, those hotel concierge servicemen and women—at the ready when you need directions to the nearest museum or package deal on a sightseeing package. But come summer 2012, this crop of Guy and Girl Fridays better think twice about scrounging up Olympics tickets for guests in London, as local police officers are cracking down on third-party resellers leading up to and during the games.

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5 Things Not to Ask the Concierge

August 9, 2011 at 11:47 AM | by | ()

He's known as @ConciergeCorner on Twitter who's not afraid to dish on all the crazy things that guests ask concierges. But he also might be the concierge fielding your requests during your next hotel stay and he's got a few tips on how to get the most out of your concierge contact. So without further ado, we present 5 Things You Should Not Ask the Concierge as told by @ConciergeCorner. (And no, that's neither @ConciergeCorner or his hotel in the photo above.)


1. Don't ask for the hottest new hotspot in town. When a guest requests I recommend the hottest, newest, sexiest restaurant, it is apparent he/she has no clue what he/she actually wants. Just because something is new does not make it good.  So please, ask for what you really want, not just what’s new. On a related note, when I recommend a great local (nearby) steakhouse and then see/hear that you have gone to one of the many chain steakhouses simply because it was a few blocks closer, it breaks my heart!

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