What To Look For In A Hotel Room

By: Victor Epand

Clearly the overriding factor in evaluating a hotel room once you are checking in is the standard of cleanliness that is obvious. There are elements of cleanliness however which are less obvious, and it is worth knowing what the cleaners are expected to do, and also what they are not expected to do, to help ensure that when you arrive at your hotel and you check into your room, you are quickly and easily able to identify if there are any problems, and ensure that these are dealt with quickly, or that you are offered a different room, or you may be better off leaving and going to a different hotel.

One of the most irritating points to note here is of the difference between smoking and non smoking rooms. These should be quite separate, and maintained only for that purpose. Therefore a non-smoking room should always be a non-smoking room, and not merely non-smoking at weekends. If you book a hotel room for a non smoker and there is the smell of tobacco, or you see an ash tray or remnants of cigarettes, then you will need to ask straight away for them to provide you with the type of room that you actually booked.

It is, of course, essential that the hotel cleaners change the sheets on your bed, and the pillow cases. It is not required, however, for them to clean the blankets or covers between each guest. This is not to say that these can be in an appalling state, but that judging the room based purely on the covers isn't necessarily fair or in keeping with standard requirements.

The bathroom area is always important to check. The basin and surfaces should have been cleaned and sprayed with anti bacterial spray, and although often the mirrors are wiped down, it isn't usually a requirement of the cleaners to do so. It is obviously important to make sure that the toilet works properly. Flushing this once or twice to make sure that it does, will save embarrassment and inconvenience later on.

Similarly, ensuring that the locks on the door work effectively is also important, since it is frequently the case that merry revelers returning after a late night have been known to inadvertently try the wrong door. At that point, discovering your lock or latch was not working would not be the most joyful of experiences. On a more important note, if you happen to have with you expensive items such as a laptop or camera equipment, it is clearly going to be important that the locks work, and that the windows are also very secure. If you have booked a hotel room which includes a safe, then make sure that you check this out early on.

Basic checks for cleanliness, hygiene and security are important to carry out before you start unpacking. Starting to get settled in a room and then discovering the toilet doesn't work, the door lock doesn't work or there is an ashtray by the bedside can result either in unnecessary inconvenience and delay whilst you are transferred to another room, or leave you hanging around whilst somebody comes to try and fix it. This of course will be eating in to your valuable holiday time.

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