10 Hotel Secrets You Need to Know
Hotel cleaning staff are lowly paid workers who often labor long hours to get their job done.
Getting to do a lot of work can be very taxing, knowing that at the end of the day they’re only getting minimum wage rates. So for guests who are supposedly pampered by the hotel through its hardworking staff, it is only rightful that they get appreciated through tips, kind words or simply not being too demanding.
Otherwise, you may notice the following secrets you might have discovered only after reading our article.
- Hotel bed is not as clean as it looks. Just because you paid a premium to the hotel does not mean you’re also getting premium service, translating to clean beds. The key lies on the skill and willingness of staff who does the dirty work and not the hotel brand name that influences you to make that booking decision. If you can, check the edges of your quilt, linens or bedspreads to verify if your bed was made well. If not, you’re probably in a dilemma. You may have overhauled the way cleaners treat your room (which is good) but take the risk of putting a staff in the firing line (which may be too much). So compensate your cleaning lady for making your bed well, rather than have them punished for missing out some tasks in a job that may be rushed.
- Bathroom glasses are not as clean as they look. Your bathroom glasses are wrapped in plastic, looks immaculate and has ‘sterilized’ mark on it. But not all hotels offer the same assurance. So if unsure of hygienic condition of glasses, just take a pass and you’ll surely have peace of mind.
- Be careful of what’s free and what’s not. A fruit platter or bottled water on your hotel room as welcome treat may look enticing but unless it is clearly marked. Continental breakfast, wi-fi connection and even local phone calls can be charged to your hotel bill if it wasn’t for free and you decided to consume/use it anyway.
- Tap water may not be potable. So unless it’s marked safe for drinking, it’s better to bring bottled water than leave your stomach to chance. Even if it’s potable, drinking water from your hotel room may still cause problems that is why bringing a medical kit brings relief to your travels.
- Clean before using electric kettles, coffee makers. Past occupants may have done the unthinkable with these household appliances so if you suspect something but need these accessories — hair dryers, kettles, TV remotes — clean them thoroughly or disinfect your hand with wet wipes.
- Most often touched things are sometimes the least cleaned ones. Door knobs, light switches, remote control units and faucets are among the most commonly accessed parts of the hotel room. Yet, their apparent cleanliness visually makes them lesser candidates for cleanup. So Wet Ones is your best friend in the hotel room. Needless to say, wearing slippers (those wrapped in plastic) in the hotel room is ideal. Wearing slippers that you assume previous guest has used is not cool.
- Your valuables aren’t necessarily safe in the room. Remember that every hotel staff can enter your hotel room without your knowledge. Cleaning crew and supervisor are among them. So leaving valuables in your desk is a cardinal sin. Even if hotel safety vaults are often provided, not all of them are insured against theft. If possible, ask front desk to store in a hotel safe, not your room’s safe, and get a receipt. In case an intruder steals it — hopefully not an inside job — it’s more likely to be insured. Besides, it should be accessible to fewer hotel workers.
- 6 pm booking might get you cheaper rooms. In case rooms are still available at that time, since hotels usually want to get their occupancy rates high. Of course this brings risk, especially on peak seasons where rooms easily run out of supply long before the day you plan to book them. On the flip side, booking at 9 pm or later, you may get more expensive rates because hotels think you’re more likely running out of options and would take any rate — they want to charge more — they will give you.
- Verify the ‘fully booked’ notice. Sometimes hotels display the “no vacancy” sign even when there are unoccupied rooms. They are unoccupied for a reason: heater not working, broken chair or faulty television. Ask the hotel you need a room and won’t mind the little inconvenience, as long as you can take it. Hotel staff may grant you the room on discounted rate but will be on a close lookout should you cause further damage. So if you can stay in hotel without using the heater or watching TV, this room is still good for you.
- Do not believe in anything you read. Hotels and travel agent websites will always write the good things about the hotel. Five minutes walking distance from the railway could mean if you walk briskly. Minutes away may mean driving or on foot so never assume all the time. Rooms are portrayed much better on website photos. For more unbiased information, refer to hotel and travel review websites.
The next time you stumble across a bad review of a hotel in a review site, which by the way is way more honest than what the hotel website is telling you, that’s just a discovery of a secret that has been lurking for a while. Get rid of the hotel until it can prove it’s changed the way