This month I spent a lot of time in hotels and I am happy to be home in my own bed. I have a very soft bed at home and few, if any, hotel beds are soft enough to feel like what I am used to. But hotels are about more than just the bed. Clearly how far the bed is from the door impacts how much corridor noise impacts your sleep. In fact, to me, one of the huge perks of a suite is a set of doors between the hotel room door and the bedroom to create another noise buffer between your ZZZZZs and your fellow guests in the corridor outside.
Whenever I am walking in a hotel corridor, no matter what time of day or night it is, I try my best to be quiet. If walking with someone I try to whisper or hold what I have to say until I get to the hotel room. After all, what the Hyatt sign above says matters to me. Folks, at whatever price point (or points level) my fellow guests are expecting quiet for what they spent. The hotel can control much – but not me or my actions (or my voice).
But when you think about it, folks may be sleeping at any time of day or night. There have been times I have landed at a ridiculous time and requested a very late check out time and slept (or at least tried to) until “the crack of noon” if you will. There are few things more frustrating than hearing my fellow guests loudly talking or slamming doors on their way out to an early morning flight (when I do not have one). As a side point also a reason why I always try to close my bedroom door as quietly as I can at any time I exit.
In fact the more time I spend in hotels the more I am finding that my fellow guests have, many times, a larger impact on my stay experience than almost anything the hotel does or does not do.
Bottom line is what can hotels do to control “us” in a meaningful way (beyond a sign reminding us to be decent)? Do you agree that one of the biggest issues with hotel stays is not the hotel itself but your fellow guests? Do you do your best to be as respectable as possible in all your actions to help others? Are there other things guests do that drive you crazy? – Rene
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