Top Eleven Hotel Pet Peeves
A Holiday Inn Hotel in Hong Kong
Fifty Years of Hotel Experiences
Since 1967, 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 services which I detail in this article. The following are my top eleven hotel pet peeves.
I feel that the bathroom is the most important unit in 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 while 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.
Shower in a Small Bathroom
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 didn't cool my room very well. After notifying the hotel staff, I had to wait for one hour to have it repaired.
Air-Conditioner in a One Star Hotel
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.
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 traveling companion found pubic hairs on the sheets in his room!
My Hong Kong Hotel 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 made a lot of noise early in the morning when they were checking out of their rooms.
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.
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 a 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.
When I say to be 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 the room was bugged with listening devices implanted in the light fixtures.
I have had other complaints about hotel rooms, but the eleven pet peeves which I have listed in this hub have taken the cake.
Hotel Pet Peeves
What is your top hotel pet peeve?
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© 2015 Paul Richard Kuehn