Anticipating your destination is never the same as finally reaching it. The first stop of your travel is your accommodations, and whether Airbnb or hotel, here are a few ideas to keep in mind when you finally reach your vacation stop.
There’s always that “ahh” feeling when you finally reach your destination where you want to lay on the bed in either exhaustion or relief at finally reaching your goal. Hold on! Most likely, the hotel did not change the duvet or bed covering since the last guest. As a former flight attendant who spent most of my life in hotel rooms, I could write a whole blog post just on the realities of hotel bed coverings. Your first notion when reaching your accommodation should be to remove the outer bed cover, especially if you cannot tell if it’s fresh linen. You can always tell this with white sheets and bed coverings.
Another hotel tip is to never drink from hotel glasses, especially those found in the bathroom before you wash them yourself. I have often walked into hotel rooms in the process of being cleaned and, from my lived experience, often seen the maid wiping rather than washing the glasses. Since Covid, many hotels have switched to plastic, but if your hotel has not, be mindful and wash those glasses before you use them.
Always check your sheets before you get into bed. If after you’ve checked in and your bedding appears slept on or wrinkled, you can request to have them changed to be entirely sure they are clean. In addition, check your towels, and if they appear soiled or used, please request fresh towels. Often only the towels used are replaced, and those not used stay in the room despite a new change of guest.
Along the same lines as hotel bed coverings, hotel carpets are also rarely cleaned. I would highly suggest that you treat hotel carpet flooring as you would with public showers and never go barefoot. Carpets are often only vacuumed between guests, but when maids are rushing to have rooms ready and the carpets appear clean, this is usually not done. In most cases, when the carpet is soiled and needs cleaning, it is often only a spot treatment as this can take a room out of service. Maids avoid this by heavily vacuuming instead, so be aware and try not to go barefoot.
These hotel realities are often not found at pricier hotels and accommodations, but sometimes the price does not guarantee quality. Be aware that the standards you expect from your hotel may not be the reality. Remember that these and other hotel realities can be addressed and do not have to spoil your vacation.
Have you had any unexpected hotel experiences? I’d like to know.