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Let's just get it all out there in the open today. Here are 10 Things Everyone Does in a Hotel Room But Won’t Admit. Confessing our sins to one another will cleanse us from all unrighteousness, right? Eh, whatever. You paid for the room, go wild!
1. Steals the toiletries, even the no-name ones: Because what if you run out of shampoo or conditioner at home and can't get to the drugstore before your next shower? Also, because deep down you're a hoarder.
2. Pays $4 for a candy bar: Especially after long flights. Damn you, Snickers. And Kit Kat, too.
3. Walks around naked: Why not? So long as we're not doing sex acts in front of the High Line, it's more than ok to walk around naked in our room. And so long as the curtains are closed.
The art gallery at the Ellerman House contains one of the best collections of contemporary South African art in the whole world. As a result, it's become a favorite among art collectors who go just to admire the hotel's private collection as well as take trips to other galleries in Cape Town.
But it's not just the art that's special here. The gallery itself, which is located in a cellar underneath the pool, is a fairly interesting space too. Because Ellerman House sits on a hill, the cozy gallery manages to both feel like an underground hideout while also offer some stunning views of the Atlantic ocean. And though you wouldn't exactly want to spend the duration of your stay holed up in the vault (it's only one room big), it certainly makes for a peaceful retreat.
Or, in the case of one recent guest, a great spot for napping.
You might remember a couple of years back when we let you know about the Australian Guests Behaving Badly database. It's a website where member hotels can report anti-social and destructive hotel guests and share their names with other hotels so they can avoid having the kind of guests that no hotel really wants.
Guests Behaving Badly has now gone one step further and has announced a partnership with the Ubid4rooms website, an Australian hotel bidding site a bit similar to Priceline.
LifeHacker Australia recently rounded up the Three Bs of hotel room treasures--places where you can typically find the things that guests have left behind, even after they've checked out and the rooms have been cleaned. So, where can you find all sorts of hotel room "treasure"? Bathroom Ledges, Bibles and Between Mattresses.
Apparently, bathroom ledges is where many folks leave their wedding rings, particularly
slimy silly business travelers who want to conceal their marital status while on trips. Folks supposedly leave money in the bible as either a way to reward acts of faith or discourage thieves from stealing money out of a bible.
Lastly, folks leave stuff in-between mattresses, particularly pornography and Lifehacker mentions its usually airline pilots who have a sort of "library" of this naughty reading material at their crashpad hotels. Ewww.
There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Irish Folk Love the Minibars: According to new research, Irish spend an average of €23.47 on minibar items every time they go away, far more than any of their European counterparts. [Irish Times]
· NJ 'Housewives': Good for AC or Bad?: AC Hotels are suffering in the midst of this craptastic economy. But will this new reality show from Bravo do more harm than good? [Jaunted]
· Ace Hotel NYC Paying Out Big Time: Man, we wish we were a resident of the building now being transformed into the Ace Hotel. One resident just accepted a $150,000 buyout. [Curbed]
· Hotel Loyalty Programs Work in Tough Times: Hopefully you belong to a hotel loyalty program because now is a great time to reap the rewards. [BudgetTravel]
[Photo: Quick Lunar Cop]
We've searched around for the inside gossip before on some of the weirdest requests guests make of hotel staff, like scissors and tape for a bunch of fashion designers, plus the usual porn, handcuffs and drugs (and no, we never found a hotel that'll source drugs for their guests).
But a recent write-up on outrageous guest requests takes things even further than that. They make the point that a concierge at a true five-star hotel is there to keep the guests happy no matter what (or almost), so even the oddest requests can be fulfilled.
Highlights for us were the pop star at the Ritz-Carlton New York who asked for training on her new iPhone, the contact lenses that were found and delivered within two hours and the stories of Salvador Dali who apparently demanded herds of sheep be sent to his room!
Less successful requests were made by a guest in Beverly Hills who wanted some replacement parts for his AK47 (he didn't get 'em), and apparently asking for fake sharks to appear and scare your friends while snorkeling is another request that was made but turned down. But surely in comparison to all this, simply asking for a slightly bigger room or a nicer view should be a request that's easy to fufil?
· Hudson Hotel Doormen Speak [HotelChatter]
· Outrageous Hotel Guest Requests [news.com.au]
What are all you hotel guests doing when you spend a night or two Down Under? After learning about the Guests Behaving Badly database which allows Australian hotels to check a list to know which guests have been having wildly destructive parties in their rooms, we've now discovered yet another Australian hotel blacklist: GuestTRAX.
GuestTRAX is aimed primarily at guest-thiefs, so if you do too much souveniring from your Aussie hotel room (aw, but those bathrobes with the kangaroos on `em were so cute!) you might find your details get added to the list. In fact, they also monitor guests who "smash things up or ruin your carpet or room fittings", making it a bit of a rival to the Guests Behaving Badly database. Our tip for you: don't misbehave in Australia. Some list or other is gonna get you.
· Catching Up With Checkout Cheats [Herald Sun]
· When Hotel Guests Behave Badly [HotelChatter]
If you're spending a night in a hotel down in Australia, and you feel like lashing out a bit, beware: Australian hotels have set up the Guests Behaving Badly database to prevent repeat bad behavers from ever getting a hotel room Down Under again. The official lofty goals of the group are:
To minimise the occurrence of anti-social, intimidatory and destructive behaviour that currently affects guests, service providers and their staff within the hospitality industry.
So far, 1000 accommodation providers have joined "GBB"--you can pick them because they'll display the GBB logo prominently--and more are keen. Member hotels can look up guest names on the database and will find information on them if they've previously "behaved badly" at another member property. So a GBB-member hotel proudly guarantees you a peaceful stay.
A hotel blacklist? First time we have seen this online, but we know many hotels have been doing this on the QT for years. right AB?
[Photo: Jessica Rabbit]
· Hotels Black List Horror Guests [The Australian]
· Bad Guests Blacklisted [Daily Telegraph]