Going off to live ina hotel for a few days can be a daunting, often overwhelming task. You have to find a place that fits your needs, either in the number of people you are taking, or the location. And there’s just something about hotels that have a draw, an allure, and I believe it’s because it has no past or future. That might not make much sense, but let me elaborate. In hotels, there are no permanent guests, and there are usually no permanent markings. Hotels have a tendency to remake themselves as well as new as often as possible.
They do this to appear clean and pristine, but what it results in is an eerily new building each day. Something without a past, and something without a future. There’s just this present existence, a myriad of complicated and complex histories of people who currently live there who won’t live there tomorrow. Because of this drive and allure, hotels are wonderfully interesting. And there are caretakers or managers who pride themselves in making the stay memorable.
#1 A Buddy Of Mine Travels A Lot For Work, Asked For A Fort…
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Like many travelers, I like to navigate the city quickly and easily. I don’t want to stay somewhere far outside of the city, where I have to take taxis to get into the city. Aside from convenience, I often stay out late filming and staying away from public transportation means costly dollars spent. Instead, I like to be located in the city. I like to walk out on the street and the town is right there.
#2 My Hotel Wants You To Take The Nice Soap Home!
#3 My Hotel In China Has A Card To Give To A Taxi Driver So You Can Find Your Way Back
#4 This Hotel Actually Makes It Easy To Connect Your Laptop To The TV
#5 This Bag Of Old/Stained Face Towels Have Been Re-Used As “Rags” At This Hotel
Obviously, I would not book a hotel I don’t feel safe in. But let’s say I book a hotel whose security is questionable. If my room has a chain lock on the door, I’ll use that when I’m hanging out in my room or sleeping.
#6 Hotel Staff Found Fifty Shades Of Grey Book On Guest’s Side Table…
#7 The Toiletries At My Hotel In Switzerland Included A Rubber Ducky
#8 Weather Station At A Hotel
#9 More Hotels Should Do This
Having worked in the hospitality industry for a brief stint, I know that workers are very dedicated to the work that they do and they try their best to create a good experience for people. Nobody wants to lose their job. Nobody wants to be accused of stealing. I do leave my stuff in my room. But I will pack all my stuff away. I will not leave any valuables out. Leaving money, valuables like your computer or camera equipment out; those are things I would probably pack up in my bag or at least, cover and hide a little.
#10 This Hostel In Germany Is An Indoor Vintage Rv Park
#11 Hotel Maid Clearly Found My Sunglasses
#12 The Design Of The Curtains In My Hotel Room To Ensure That There Is No Annoying Light Gap In The Middle
#13 The Hotel I Am Staying At Has The Fire Evacuation Plans At Ground Level So You Can See Them If Smoke Has Filled The Hallways
When I used to work in television as camera crew, I was staying on one hotel room from days to a month. I wanted my room untouched. I had a lot of expensive equipment in my room. I didn’t want anyone to tamper with anything, clean or organize. I also I didn’t want to pack everything up my belongings every day, before I left for a shoot. So I put out the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign.
#14 Instead Of Bibles, My Hotel Has Copies Of 1984
#15 The Hotel My Parents Are Staying At In NC To Watch The Eclipse Stocked All Of The Rooms With These
#16 Saw This In The Hotel Grounds Where I Was Working
#17 Hotel I Stayed At Was Formerly A Train Station And Had An Actual Train Inside It, With Rooms Inside Each Car
I think hotel room safes are safe, but I’ve never used them. It’s personal preference. I don’t like using hotel safes, because I like to keep my things organized and in very visible sight. I don’t like to put things in spaces where it can be concealed and I can forget them, like drawers! As I said, it’s personal preference. If I’m running late for my plane, but I forget that I’ve left stuff like my passport, in the safe… a passport is a pretty valuable thing. It means I’m definitely making a trip to go back.
#18 This Is What Happens If You Tip Egyptian Hotel Service Generously
#19 This Kids Menu At The Hotel I’m Staying At
#20 My Hotel Has The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Next To The Bed Instead Of A Bible
#21 The Hotel I Stayed At Uses Lemon Grass Instead Of A Plastic Straw
#22 This Hotel Lets You Borrow A Plant To Take To Your Room So You Have A Friend To Talk To
#23 My Hotel In Odessa (Ukraine) Tells You Which Day It Is By Changing The Elevator Carpet Every Day
I feel tipping should be personal preference, based on budget and cultural etiquette. It’s up to you how you want to set the tone of your trip. In the U.S., tips are expected . Americans believe in tipping in hotels, cafes, restaurants, deliveries, apartment doormen, a lot of places! Many of us think it’s due to the fact employers don’t pay their staff well enough and place the burden on the hotel guests to pay housecleaning their full share. It’s a social etiquette and practice that turned grossly into an expectation and horrible societal practice enforced by bad employment practices.
#24 This Hotel In Singapore Is Very Green
#25 I Didn’t Think This Sort Of Thing Really Happens
I asked the hotel to hide a picture of Robert Downey Jr in my room. I forgot all about it and when I went to take a hot bath to wash off a shitty day, I caught sight of this.
#26 A Black Towel In My Hotel Room For Make-Up So The White Ones Don’t Get Stained
#27 In The Europa Park Hotel In Germany There Is A Tiny Children Bathroom In The Bathroom
#28 I Left My Jacket At A Hotel And They Mailed It To Me With A Complementary Pillow
#29 My Hotel In Switzerland Has Different Plug Sockets For Guests From Different Parts Of The World
#30 These Do Not Disturb Options At My Hotel
#31 This Hotel In Central London Keeps Beehives On Their Roof!
Generally, being American, I tip on a sliding scale depending upon the country’s dollar value. I know that house cleaning work is effort and it’s not fun to clean after piggy or dirty people. In some cases, when maids see they’re being appreciated, they give a little extra effort or leave extra toiletries. Some travelers like to leave a tip daily, whenever they request their room cleaned or some tip a lump sum at the end of their stay.
#32 This Hotel Shampoo Assumes Your Theft
#33 Honorary Manager Of Crescent Hotel In Eureka Springs Is Cat, And This Is His Door
#34 My Hotel Room Comes With A Complimentary Android Phone With Free Data And Calls
#35 The Toilet In My Hotel In Filled With Seawater
If I’m going to Las Vegas, I tip about a dollar a day to the hotel maid; if it’s a nice hotel and there’s a lot of pampering or extras they bring, I might tip a little more. But a hotel in Cambodia, I might leave a few cents or tip what’s considered a dollar in their currency.
#36 Bookshelf Whose Shelves Spell “Take A Book Leave A Book”, Seen At A Hotel
#37 Sometimes The Hotel Holding Your Wedding Also Has A Llama Convention Booked
#38 The Staff At Our Hotel Made A Cool Crocodile Out Of Our Towels
#39 The Hostel I’m At Dispenses Soap Like Parmesan
#40 As A Guy Who Takes His Family To A Hotel Every Winter While I Work On My Writing, I Approve This Bathroom
True, there are no tipping countries where tipping is considered offensive or is already included in the final bill and is not expected. Asians coming from Asia, will stay at American hotels and don’t tip. Australians might be taken aback by the idea, as companies pay a high minimum wage. In the end, it’s up to you as to how you enjoy the hospitality staff and how generous you feel.
#41 Hotel Maid Left A Towel Monkey
#42 My Hotel Room Had A White Noise Machine Installed In The Wall
#43 The Hotel I’m Staying At Has A “Lending Locker”
#44 This Hotel’s Carpet And Lighting Combo Produce A Really Trippy Effect
#45 When The Hotel Staff Has Your Back
I put out the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on my door and I don’t let the cleaner clean my room. If you don’t have the budget, you don’t have the budget. It happens to us all. I also believe in being eco-friendly and avoiding waste. I don’t need fresh towels, my bed to be fluffed or new toiletries and soap everyday. That Do not disturb sign is the one fix for everything. A safe room, no excessive waste and I don’t have to tip every day.
#46 Spotted This In The Breakfast Room At My Hotel This Morning
#47 The Shower In My Hotel Has A Little Cutout So You Can Turn It On Before Getting In
#48 A Hotel’s Reminder On How To Climb Stairs
#49 This Hotel Is An Old Prison
#50 This Historic Sign In My Hotel Explains How To Use Electricity In Case You Had Never Used It Before
What do you think? Would you stay in one of these hotels?