As a frequent business traveler, I am not always been able to select the hotel during my stay which has left me in hotels I ranging from 2 to 5 stars. For this reason, I developed a particular routine that makes my hotel stays worry-free and comfortable. The hotel tips below originated out of necessity, but now they are second nature and used even at the most luxurious hotels. Read more about my hotel tips and routine below.
1. ARRIVE EARLY
When I visit a new hotel, I like to arrive early while it’s still bright so I can check out the hotel and surrounding area.
It is not always possible to arrive earlier in the day. But when it’s within my control, I try to make it happen. In the event a room change or even worst, a hotel change, is needed, it’s so much more convenient to execute during the day versus at night.
Nothing is worse than arriving late in the day to a hotel. Tired. Sleepy. And only after settling in, realize the shower isn’t draining (barf). Room change, please! Ok a less dramatic scenario. How about opening your curtains to find you have a view of a wall, but you know other guest are seeing and hearing the ocean. #notcool
2. REMOVE EXTRA COVERS
Remove all covers that are not the fitted or flat sheet. Think throw pillows, runners, and so on.
For me, if it can’t be washed in industrial detergent and bleach, then chances are it’s not washed often. And this goes for all hotels – no matter the class.
You can keep the comforter on, but just make sure you are not using it without the flat and fitted sheets.
3. USE TRAVEL SLIPPERS IN THE ROOM
I keep a pair of bedroom slippers in my carry-on luggage to use in the hotel room.
These aren’t showers slippers. These slippers are for walking around the room or grabbing some ice from the ice machine. Call me a germaphobe, but I don’t want to bring everything on the floor in the bed with me.
I don’t leave home without a pair of slippers. They go on as soon as I step into the room and are used the entire time.
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4. WIPE DOWN THE ROOM
My travels slippers aren’t the only items that stay in my carry-on luggage, antibacterial wipes also make my list of favorite travel companions.
I am officially a germaphobe!
One of the first things I do upon arrival is pull-out my anti-bacterial wipes and go to town. I wipe down the nightstand, desk, light switches, bathroom vanity and the toilet seat. And of course, the remote control and phone always make the cut.
I think enough said on this hotel tip, right? Right!
5. UNPACK BAGS
Now, it’s time to make yourself at home. Put clothes in the closet and toiletries in the bathroom. See it’s not always about germs and dirt.
I used to be reluctant to unpack my bags during short trips. But I quickly learned it makes you feel much more settled, and re-packing is a breeze.
6. BRING MORE THAN JUST TOILETRIES
I started carrying a washcloth with me after a few experiences with questionable bath linens.
Other travelers also bring linens out of necessity. The detergents used by hotels can irritate those with sensitive skin or allergies. Many times, I also travel with soap usually purchased locally while traveling. My skin can get very dry, and hotels soaps usually make matters worse. And I can’t lie. I really enjoy the scents of soaps.
7. DON’T USE IN-ROOM GLASSES OR MUGS
In-room drinkware isn’t usually washed; instead, a quick wipe down is all that’s done. If it didn’t come with room service, then don’t use it.
I am not saying we don’t encounter dirty glasses, mugs or dishes elsewhere. I can recall times where my fresh cup of coffee or glass of wine came with a little bit of red lipstick on the rim. Eek!
Take control by not using the drinkware or washing them out yourself in the bathroom.
8. LOOK FOR THE BOOGIE MAN
Okay, this is a bit far-fetched, but yes I look in the closet and under the bed.
Many hotels have no access to the area underneath the bed so this has become a moot point. I can only imagine all things that could accumulate (and rot) under there.
Where did the closet paranoia come from? Simple. Watching way too many forensic, murder mystery type shows (shaking my head). I know the result will be the same, but I would prefer to see the boogie man before I turn the lights off – scary!
9. DISPLAY THE “DO NOT DISTURB.”
After all my hard work, I will be damned if someone is going to come in and with a few wipes of an ole dirty rag erase my efforts.
Nope, not happening. Okay, so housekeeping makes beds but guess who else can? Yup… Me! Hence, the sign goes up, and if I need anything, I will ask for it while I am in the room.