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Hotel room standard, 30 tips that will give you a perfect short trip
I don't do so many business trips/ short trips where I need to stay at a hotel for a night or one week, but when I do make shorter trips, I have noticed that there are some things I appreciate very much and there are also some things that I think is more or less necessary in a hotel room.
To be a hotel guest on a business trip is to some extent different from being a hotel guest on vacation. As a guest for short trips you will travel with fairly little baggage and you will also spend little time on the hotel room. But that doesn't mean that the hotel standard is unimportant. On the contrary! I believe that it is even more important since you have so little time and it is important that you sleep well during the nights.
Other reasons for the importance of a good hotel room is that you often visit the town or the place on your own, maybe for the first time, and you will also have long days with many influences and new things to absorb when you after a long day reach the hotel.
I have been to short business trips/ short trips in all kinds of hotels and also youth hostels during the years and I have to say that some hotel and hostels was not so nice. Even though I like the whole idea with youth hostels I don't think it is a good idea for a night or two when you are on a business trip, because you are in fact working also during the free hours at night and need some comfort around you. I have been to some really good youth hostels also where the only problem was that I didn't have the time to clean the room myself before I checked out in the morning or had the time to make my own breakfast, and I always end up with paying for the service anyway. And therefor I think that hostels isn't the best choice when you are on short business trips.
I have also stayed at terrible youth hostels, where it was totally impossible to get any sleep at all. In one hostel was the bed so uncomfortable that it felt as if I was laying on the floor, and in another hostel the room was so narrow so the only thing to do was to walk into the room and go to bed, and do vice versa in the morning. In yet another hostel was the noise from the traffic outside so loud that it actually felt as if I was sleeping in the middle of the highway and it was impossible to sleep no matter how many pillows I lay over my head to try to keep the noise out. I had to stay for a whole week in that particular youth hostel, so the only way to endure the stay was to complain and move to another room as soon as a more silent room was available.
In some motels or hotels I could smell something undefinable in the rooms and I have also endured poor cleaning as well as poor standard just because it has only been for one night, and one night isn't the end of the world. I have said to myself more than once: You will survive, and tomorrow night you will be sleeping in your own bed again. From my experiences, I now know how a good hotel room should look like and what kind of room I want in order to feel good during a business trip. Since we all have different habits the things that we want in a hotel room may be different from person to person but this is my list anyway:
Some overall things
1. I personally need a room that is silent! If you like a silent room too you should check if there is a soft carpet in the corridor outside your room. If the carpet is missing, you will wake up every time your neighbours pass outside your door, especially those who wear high heels!
2 . Don't forget to check the evacuation route in case of an emergency like a fire or something! At my last stay I couldn't really work out how to get out from the building in case of a fire since I was told to not use the elevator and another sign saying that the door to the stairs was locked during night!
3. Make sure you get a no smoking room if you don't smoke yourself!
4. Check the lock on the door to see if it seems stable and check the lock for safety.
The Hotel Room
5. It is nice to have some space in the room even if you are alone, otherwise you will get a feeling of claustrophobia which doesn't improve your stay at all.
6. A good hotel room should have blackout curtains or at least something to keep the light out. You may think that this is standard but I have been on a hotel where the curtain didn't covered more than half the window and since it was a room at the ground floor, it did not feel good at all.
7. The temperature is also important in the room and even if you can put up with a poorly heated room for one night, you do not have to. I do prefer rooms where I can adjust the heating myself.
The bed is probably the most important thing in a hotel since it is in the bed we spend most part of the night. I can not help it, but I always check the bed before going to bed when I am in hotel or hostels. Maybe that is a bit weird but I like to know, and if it is too bad, I will make a complaint. I might add that even though I check the bed this way every time I stay at a hotel, I have only made a complaint once. I can live with small flaws but the only time I made a complain was when I found so many black hairs on the pillow and under the covers that it was obvious that someone else had slept in the bed linen.
The things I suggest that you think about is both hygienic and more practical.
8. A soft bed. There is nothing worse than spending a night in a hard bed.
9. The mattresses should have removable and washable covers. If they don't have covers, you will have to share the same mattress cover with who knows how many people! The top mattress is the most important but I appreciate if also the bottom mattress has a removable cover.
10. The sheets should be clean and provide a fresh impression!
11. It is an extra bonus if there are some extra pillows and an extra blanket or quilt available.
12. There will be plenty of room in the wardrobe since you probably don't have so much clothes but it is important that there is enough garment hangers.
Other important things or things I appreciate in a hotel room
13. Some place to put the bags at a convenient hight. It makes it so much easier to have the bag at a convenient hight especially if you let some things that you need remain in the bag.
14. Some place to sit besides on the bed. It is great to have a comfortable chair or something to sit on.
15. A TV is almost essential and a great companion if you are alone. Watching the local news will also give you a glimpse of the important things for the day in the area where you are. It will also give you a clue about the people who live in the town.
16. It is so important that the bathroom is fresh and there are also other things that will make your stay more comfortable.
17. A shower should be large enough and give you room to manoeuvre and it is also convenient if the floor in the shower is leaning towards the drain! I have been in hotels where the shower was so small that I could hardly move, and afterwards there was water all over the bathroom. Both problems was very annoying! If everything is right and if there is both a shower and a bath, like in the hotel where i was the last time, you are in heaven!
18. There should be enough towels and also somewhere to hang wet towels. Preferable there is a heated towel rail.
19. Hooks for hanging the things you need or your make up bag.
20. Plenty of place to set up your stuff or things you need.
21. A good smelling floating soap is so practical and should be present in every bathroom in a hotel
22. I appreciate if there are paper napkins. They are so useful and practical.
23. If the hotel makes the effort to fold the toilet paper, you will know that this is good a hotel!
Other things to appreciate
24. A main switch! A hotel room with a main switch gives a signal that the hotel management have given some thoughts on environmental issues and it is also economic.
25. A hair dryer. A hair dryer is one of the standard equipments and if the hotel don't have a hair dryer there is probably something more fundamental missing!
26. A minibar! Even though I never eat or drink anything from the minibar I like the thought of a minibar with something eatable and drinkable in it. Just in case I need it!
27. A safe place. It is good to have the opportunity to use a self place if you wish too. It will make you sleep more better if you don't have to worry about your valuables.
28. A do not disturb sign is practical if you for some reason need to sleep at unusual times of the day!
29. Candy on the pillows gives a welcoming feeling! Even if you don't want to eat the candy it will give you a welcoming feeling and it also a sign that the hotel management care about the guests.
30. A good hotel breakfast! I love hotel breakfasts. It is for me the ultimate luxury to be able to go to a breakfast that contains everything you could possibly need for breakfast.
Do you have bad experiences from a stay at the hotel or hostel!
Feel free to add more tips in the comment section!
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Did you make a complaint!
Bonus tips list!
- Clean and nice smelling room and bathroom
- A coffeemaker
- No bedspreads
- Check the hotel on Internet for ratings
- A clean remote control for the TV