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First, when we check in to a hotel and are handed our key card, we do not want our room number to be announced at full volume to us and simultaneously anyone else standing at reception or hanging around in the lobby. Best case scenario it is unnecessary, as we’d expect to find it on the little card holder, worst case scenario it is just unsafe.
Let's be honest, luxury hotels are pretty great. You are well taken care of, always addressed with a professional, caring attitude and usually, there is some fantastic food involved.
After experiencing the level of service and amenities that five-star brands like Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons have set the bar on, one can become rather, well, jaded. Perhaps even, dare we say, expectant of certain details we have grown used to having while traveling.
So here's a look at what may come as a
shock disappointment to everyone out there that has grown far too accustomed to the lavish life. Just a few things that (whether you want to admit it or not), you will be sorely upset about should you accidentally book less-than-stellar accommodations.
We've walked in on some shady situations over the course of our hotel-staying careers, including beds that appear to have been "utilized" prior to our arrival. You could drive yourself crazy thinking about all the things that might have -- or worse, definitely have -- taken place in the room you are about to occupy.
That image firmly in place and acknowledged, we must admit that we're not very paranoid about room cleanliness. We pretty much trust the eye test, that the floors have been reasonably cleaned and the bathroom sterilized. But we've met our fair share of people who don't hesitate to cover the toilet with paper before sitting down, or who shake out all the sheets before slipping into bed. And that comforter has been known to raise a few eyebrows, without question.
It's Monday, a perfect day to get our latest batch of hotel rants out of our system. While we talk regularly of things in hotels that annoy us like resort fees, WiFi charges, fugly carpeting, anti-views and dirty rooms, here are some random odds and ends in hotels that have us exasperated. We know, we know, this is #firstworldproblems all the way. But we suspect you have a few of your own to contribute. So get ranting in comments below!
1. When the shampoo and conditioner toiletries are placed on the sink, instead of in the shower. So we have to step out of the shower, soaking wet and slipping on the floor, grab the bottles and hop back in the shower (or tub.)
2. Phones with short cords. We're not even sure why a hotel room has a phone with cords anymore these days but even worse is when the cord is super short so that the entire thing falls to the ground if you pick up the phone while standing up. Ouch!
3. No full-length mirrors. If college kids can buy $10 mirrors to put on the back of their dorm room doors, hotels can find a way to work in a full-length mirror somewhere.
If you haven't seen it yet, the latest viral trend is Sh*t Girls Say from girls to black girls to white girls talking to black girls to girls talking to gay guys, girls talking to personal trainers and so on.
Since it's Friday, we thought we'd put together our own list of Sh*t Hotel Guests Say when staying in hotels. Sorry, you'll have to do without a visual of one of the HotelChatter guys in drag. But feel free to submit your own Sh*t Hotel Guests Say video!
The other week while staying at the Trump Soho, we found ourselves in need of contact lens solution. Since (shockingly) there was no Duane Reade directly in sight, we hit up the Concierge desk to see if they or housekeeping had any travel-sized bottles on hand.
Just our luck, they had run out. So we asked for directions to the nearest drugstore. The concierge gave us the easy-to-follow direction to the Hudson Square pharmacy about four blocks away and off we went, dry eyes stinging and all.
But when we got there, the drugstore was closed. Turns out the store doesn't open until 10am on Sundays and we were there at 9am.
So we walked back to the hotel nearly flinging our stingy contacts on the pavement, wondering why the concierge would direct us to a place that was closed?
This has actually happened to us twice before when asking a hotel's concierge for a lunch spot suggestion. And the same thing happened--we walked to the place, only to find it was closed.
Just in time for Halloween, here's a rather "scary" hotel design snafu--an exposed ironing board at the W Hotel French Quarter in New Orleans, sent into us by a reader. The photo was taken this past Sunday. The guest writes:
After paying more than $300/night for this W Hotel, we really expected a design experience way superior to what we actually got. The ironing board was just the perfect example of the design sensibility displayed by this property. I still cannot believe that this actually is a W Hotel. Never again.
The other week we tweeted about walking into a hotel room and being annoyed that the room was freezing cold which is something we often find in hotels. So we promptly turned off the fan, put on a sweater and watched the Twitter responses come in.
It turns out we might be a bunch of wussies. Several of you tweeted back that you love a cold room. Some even like it freezing cold! That we can understand if you're in the desert or a humid muggy city on a hot summer day. But a cool early fall afternoon in central California? Not necessary. We prefer the room to be room temperature please. Don't make us breakout our workout pants just to keep warm at night!
But rather have this conversation on Twitter where it will be impossible to track down six months from now, let's have an all-out forum here on HotelChatter.
Do you like your hotel room to be freezing cold or just room temperature when you walk in? Tell us your desired temperatures in comments below!
We gush about a lot of the good things we find in hotel rooms--toiletries, bathrobes, free WiFi, books--but today we're taking a moment to talk about what really grinds our gears (and sometimes causes injury) when it comes to hotel room design.
As usual, these are just a few things we've come across during our hotel stays but we always want to know what bothers or delights you so drop in your experiences in comments below.
1. Half Shower Doors: We've seen these on three hotel stays recently and our bums are getting sick of it. That's because with just half a shower door, one part of your body is always exposed to the colder air. No matter which way you turn around in the shower, someone's always getting left out. We'd prefer a flimsy shower curtain to these half-doors.
2. Desks and Nightstands with No Outlets Nearby: This is pretty self-explanatory but shame on hotels that feature tricked out desks stations with no outlets nearby. Same goes for nightstands. We'd like not to have to unplug the floor lamp just to charge our cellphone.
3. Gaps Between The Bed and The Wall: As our contributor JuliaB recently found out at the Jane Hotel, gaps between the bed and the wall mean gross things are probably lurking in those dicey spaces.
Every so often we feature a hotel review from one of our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you dear hotel guests. These reviews are highlighted because they are timely, about cool hotels in cool places and are relatively level-headed. Think you can submit one just like this? Send it in.
Today we have a special post from regular HotelChatter reader and frequent hotel guest, Dan Suslavich who is giving us a different sort of Reader Review by rounding up his Five Hotel Pet Peeves.
I was a hospitality major in college, and I am the last person to be picky when it comes to hotels or their staff, but, there are just some things that you come to expect when staying in a 4 or 5-star hotel, and when these aren't provided, they become pet peeves, so here are five of mine that come to mind.
"Omg, that Roger Collis is hysterical! I totally hate toilet paper folded into a point too!"
Nothing turns us on more than a British accent, but what really gets us going is a person with a British accent talking about hotels. And if you want to drive us crazy, this person will be discussing "what I love to hate about hotel rooms."
Red Carnation Hotels must have read our Match.com profile, because they've enlisted Roger Collis, a travel columnist with the International Herald Tribune, to do just that, via a new podcast feature available on its web site.