Top Eleven Hotel Pet Peeves

A Holiday Inn Hotel in Hong Kong

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Fifty Years of Hotel Experiences

For almost 50 years, I have at one time or another stayed in many hotels. My first hotel experience was in San Francisco in 1967 while I was in the United States Navy. During my nearly four years in the Navy, federal government career, and current retirement in Thailand, I have had the experience of spending a considerable amount of time in hotels and resorts both inside and outside of the United States.

Although most of the hotels afforded great accommodations, I still have had some bad rooms and service which I detail in this hub. The following are my top eleven hotel pet peeves.

Shower in a Small Bathroom

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Small Bathrooms

I personally feel that the bathroom is the most important unit of a hotel room. In 1970 I remember staying a night in a hotel room in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where the toilet was located very close to the bathtub. I had to put my feet up on the bathtub when sitting on the commode! Most recently, I stayed in a cheap hotel in Bangkok which had a very tight bathroom. There was an open shower which was almost over a small commode.

Air-Conditioner in a One Star Hotel

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Air-Conditioners Don't Work Properly

About eleven years ago, the government booked me a room in an older hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The A/C made a lot of noise and really didn't cool my room very well. After notifying the hotel staff, I had to wait one hour to have it repaired.

Hotel Complimentary Breakfast

Poor Complimentary Breakfasts

Whenever I stay in a hotel, I like having breakfast included in the room price. Some of my hotel breakfasts in Thailand have been outstanding. They have omelets made to order, pancakes, waffles, bacon, and all the good breakfast food I like. Many hotels, however, in both Taiwan and Thailand often offer scrambled or fried eggs, hot dogs, and mostly Asian breakfast food consisting of vegetables and rice.

My Hong Kong Hotel Room

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Unwashed or Dirty Sheets

Every hotel guest expects a good bed and clean bedding. On an occasion when I overnighted in a hotel on the Thai - Malaysian border, the sheets on my bed weren't very clean and had a strange odor. What's worse is that my travelling companion found pubic hairs on the sheets in his room!

Noisy Occupants on My Hotel Floor

On a recent trip to Taiwan in 2014, I stayed in a one star hotel in the old district of Taipei. It so happened that a lot of tourists from China were lodged in the same hotel. These Chinese really made a lot of noise early in the morning when they were checking out of their rooms.

Slow Elevators

In one of the older hotels where I stayed in Thailand, the elevators were so slow that I resorted to using the stairs to get downstairs in the morning.

Noise From the Hotel Disco

If you are staying at the Pornping Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, get a room in the tower and not in the wing above the disco. I made the mistake once of getting a room on the fifth floor of the wing above the disco, and I couldn't sleep until the music stopped at around 2:00 a.m.

Hotel Pet Peeves

What is your top hotel pet peeve?

  • Small bathrooms
  • Air-conditioners don't operate well
  • Poor front desk service
  • Slow elevators
  • Other
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Poor Front Desk Service

On a few occasions while staying in hotels in Thailand, front desk personnel weren't very responsive to my requests. Another problem was that desk personnel couldn't understand or speak English very well.

No Complimentary Shuttle Service to and from the Airport

If I am staying in a two or three star hotel, I expect the hotel to provide shuttle service to and from the airport. On a trip to Chiang Mai last year, the hotel shuttle didn't appear, and I wound up having to take a taxi to my hotel.

Flashing Neon Signs Outside Your Room

When I stayed in a hotel in San Francisco in 1967 for the first time, I was in the Navy. Because I was in uniform, I was able to get a room in a small hotel on Mission Street for only $2.00 per night. The room was on the second or third floor, and outside of the room on the street side there was a big flashing neon sign. Unfortunately, the drapes on the window couldn't block the light from the sign.

Bugged Rooms

When I say bugged, I don't mean that the rooms are infested with bugs. Rather, I am referring to eavesdropping or listening devices planted in the room. The last time I stayed in a hotel room in Beijing, China, in 1998, I'm quite sure that there were listening devices implanted in the light fixtures.

Summary

I have had other complaints about hotel rooms, but the eleven pet peeves which I have listed in this hub have really taken the cake.

© 2015 Paul Richard Kuehn

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Akriti Mattu 18 months ago from Shimla, India

Well written piece. Voted up.


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lions44 18 months ago from Auburn, WA

There's a reason I have no plans to visit Asia. Very interesting piece. I hear the same things from friends who travel there on business. Fascinating. Voted up.


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Larry Rankin 18 months ago from Oklahoma

Of all my pet peeves, improper heating and air or dirty linens have to be the biggest.

Great hub!


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BrandyMD 18 months ago

I feel like having a hotel horror story is a token of being well traveled. You can't have one without the other. I am sorry but in a way, I guess I'm not. :) Thanks for the interesting hub!


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Paul Kuehn 18 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

I am very happy that you liked this hub. Also thank you for voting it up.


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Paul Kuehn 18 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Yes, Asia and its hotels, especially the smaller ones, can be very interesting. I'm pleased you enjoyed this hub.


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Paul Kuehn 18 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Yes, those two pet peeves rank near the top along with the size and condition of the bathroom.


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Paul Kuehn 18 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

You are correct. If I hadn't travelled to a lot of small places in Taiwan and Thailand, I probably wouldn't have had the hotel horror stories which I do have. I'm glad you found this hub interesting.


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas

Have never been outside this country, but I have visited 28 of our states. Motels have been tolerable for the most part, but there have been a few bad experiences along the way.

I guess my biggest pet peeve is that they never really clean the rooms. I am allergic to animals and nowadays most motels allow animals. Instead of cleaning the room well, they sprinkle that carpet deodorizer over the carpet to cover any smell left behind. I'm allergic to that too. So after spending a night in the first motel room I'm usually sick for the rest of the trip -- trying to breath, and sometimes itchy, watery eyes, stuffed nose, etc.

I don't travel much anymore. Asthma only gets worse with each exposure. I'm told most places have serious bed bug problems, and it's true you may not know if the sheets have been changed . . .

Almost flew back in 1983. Had my ticket and everything. My husband at the time, drove up to Wisconsin from Texas, and I was to fly up and meet him a week later. It was well below zero and his car didn't want to run -- it was a diesel used to Texas winters. He finally said enough, and drove back home the day after Christmas. He hadn't even been there a week and I was to fly the day he started home. Refunded the ticket.

Now with all the folderol one must go through I don't think there's anywhere I want to go badly enough to put myself through it. Don't really have the urge to travel anymore with all I must go through to do it, speaking here of my allergies, not just having to take off my shoes and Lord knows what else. ;)

Have been treated for some of my allergies, but I was told the cure could well be worse than the problem regarding allergies to animals. Doc refused to give treatment because he was afraid I might have a reaction he couldn't manage.

Took shots for my other allergies for 5 years and always had to sit in the doc's office for an hour after the shots. My arm would always swell and get red and hot, but I think it may have helped somewhat, with the dust and plant allergies.

Even concerts and plays can be a problem because invariably there is somebody who has doused themselves with a gallon or so of cologne and it makes my eyes water and my nose run. People with pets show up wearing their pet's fur and dander.

Mostly, I avoid everything I can. Anyway, lodging can sometimes be more challenging than the trip itself.

Voted this up and IU, sharing on HP and pinning to Awesome HubPages.


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Paul Kuehn 18 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

I really appreciate hearing about your travel experiences, and now I can understand why you don't like to fly or stay in hotels. You are correct in saying that lodging can be more challenging than the trip itself. Thanks for the votes, sharing on HP, and pinning to Awesome Hubpages!


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Au fait 7 months ago from North Texas

Came back to share this excellent and well written article again. Pinned to Awesome HubPages and shared with followers.

Hope all is well with you . . .


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Paul Kuehn 7 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Thank you very much for pinning and sharing this hub again. On May 14, I have a six month checkup including ultrasound in wake of my kidney operation in April of 2014. I will also be making a trip to Wisconsin on May 18 to help out my sister while my brother-in-law has another back operation and then recuperates.


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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Paul....Your share is quite interesting and informative this morning! It's also one that most of us can relate to at one point or another. Poor experiences with accommodations can be extremely disappointing. I've certainly had to deal with this issue and we don't forget them, do we.

For a long time after a disturbing situation in Toronto Canada, I made it a point to try to find reviews on Hotels before booking. At least we can yield some opinions & hope for the best. "Cleanliness" is something most people are seriously concerned with...and Hotels will do well to have really strict rules & policies in this regard!.....Paula


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peachpurple 7 months ago from Home Sweet Home

good hub my friend. Plus when you can see bed bugs and cockroaches roaming around, those 5 stars old hotels should face out, btw, where do you write besides here, I wanna follow you

You can find me at blogjob under the same username


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Paul Kuehn 7 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Paula, I really appreciate your comments on this hub. I book most of my hotels through Agoda and also read the reviews of rooms before booking.


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Paul Kuehn 7 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

It's really super to hear from you again @peachpurple . I'm only posting occasionally on mylot in addition to Hubpages. I will look you up on blogjob when I have the time. It's great that you enjoyed this hub!


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Cyndi10 7 months ago from Georgia

I couldn't vote in your poll because all of the choices are on my list of what makes a bad hotel. As much as I love my dog, I am not a fan of thinking a dog may have stayed in the room I'm sleeping in. It would be wonderful if the hotels had designated rooms for people who have their pets with them. It's a shame that people who have allergies as Au fait does, can't risk staying in hotels since they have relaxed their rules on pets.

Reading reviews about the hotels is sometimes useless because I have read some vastly conflicting reviews of the same hotel. When that happens, I tend to believe the worst and stay away.

Excellent hub and observations. Take care.


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Paul Kuehn 7 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Thank you very much for your comments, @Cyndi10 . I also would not like to stay in a room which was previously occupied by a dog. I also agree that reading reviews about hotels can sometimes be useless with numerous conflicting reviews.

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