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I read a lot of travel blogs and sites, and am often intrigued by different sites. Many times I will group them into a post to share (since I understand that not everyone is reading travel blogs all day every day :-D). But sometimes it spawns my own thoughts and merits its own best. I was reading over on Rapid Travel Chai the other day where he shared his biggest hotel annoyance. His was checkout times before noon – and shared a story of having a 7:30 a.m. checkout time imposed on him!
My biggest hotel annoyances
So after reading Stefan’s post, I thought I’d share some of my biggest hotel annoyances
1. Non adjoining rooms
Now granted, this is more of a “me” problem that doesn’t affect other people, but for our family of 8, I would say that having 2 adjoining rooms is the most important thing that we look for in a hotel. It makes the difference between my sharing a bed with my wife and sharing a bed with a wiggly 7 year old. I always request it, but sometimes it’s not possible, and sometimes the hotels don’t even HAVE adjoining rooms. I don’t feel like whether a hotel has adjoining rooms is adequately disclosed on the hotel website
2. Roomkey popup
My first thought about a hotel annoyance was the popup called Roomkey that would pop up in a new window any time you checked rates at some of the major hotel sites (Hilton, Marriott, etc.)
But then I started thinking – “Hmmm I haven’t seen that in awhile?” So maybe it annoyed enough people that they took it down!!
3. Hotels weaseling out of BRGs
I also hate when hotels seemingly offer a “Best Rate Guarantee” but then use weasely tactics to get out of it. One common strategy is assigning only a specific type of rooms to be sold via Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline, etc., then not including those on their site. Since the room types don’t match, they deny the claim, even though when you arrive at the hotel, they’re the exact same room. For instance, it took me 5 tries to get a BRG approved at Best Western!
So there are 3 of my hotel annoyances? What about you? I know I saw Trips with Tykes shared a story recently about a hotel trying to give them a pack and play with an OUTDOOR FURNITURE CUSHION as the mattress?!?! Now it’s your turn
It seems like we’ve talked a bit about the WORST things that can happen here on the blog – maybe that’s just more entertaining than hearing about the BEST of travel 🙂
- The WORST hotel you’ve ever stayed at?
- The worst travel advice I’ve ever heard
- The worst usage of 100,000 Skymiles EVER?
- The worst feeling in the world: Screwing up a travel booking
So, I want to hear it – what’s YOUR biggest hotel annoyance? Leave a note in the comments