horrors' can be used to describe a real phobia of hotels for many of us who have
heard those awful rumors of germs everywhere, not to mention bed bugs!
Especially during the holidays, when we tend to travel far and wide, staying in
a hotel may become a necessity. If you are a frequent traveler and have a phobia
that could be called ‘hotel horrors,’ you may even come to suspect 4 and 5 star
comes to staying in hotels anywhere, ‘fore-warned
is fore-armed!’Below is a checklist to help you and the hotel staff make
your stay a pleasant and memorable one and hopefully resolve your hotel horrors phobia...
HOW TO BANISH HOTEL HORRORS
#1 CHECK FOR CLEANLINESS
Put your suitcases in the bathtub
until you have checked the luggage rack and the bed for bedbugs. It is unlikely
bedbugs would be in a bathtub. The video below shows how to check for bedbugs
in a hotel or motel room.
Remember...when you are traveling on public transportation, you could be bringing bedbugs into a room from your luggage as well as picking them up from a hotel room. It is a good idea to keep your luggage away from the bed during your stay, just in case.
Walk through to make sure the
bathroom and the rest of the room has been
Have all the trash cans been emptied?
Pull the sheets and covers down to
make sure there aren’t any stains or stray hairs.
Make sure you disinfect the TV remote
before you use it. This is one of the most germ-laden items in a hotel room and
can easily spread infectious diseases.
#2 CHECK FOR YOUR SAFETY
Make sure you know how to operate the
deadbolt lock on your door and always use it before going to bed.
If you are traveling alone, let the
hotel staff know you are not expecting any guests. Make sure to call a family
member of friend to let them know where you are and that you have arrived
Get to know the layout of your room and
find the light switches before going to bed. Also check the placement of the
furniture. If you happen to awake in the middle of the night, you won’t chance
stumbling around in the dark.
#3 PLAN THE AMENITIES OF YOUR STAY
If you are going to be busy the next
day, it might be a good idea to order your breakfast the night before through
your hotel’s express breakfast menu.
If you think you might like an extra
pillow or blanket, order them right after you check in rather than after a busy
night when you are too tired.
Check the alarm clock to make sure the
alarms are not still set from a previous guest. If necessary, set up 2 wake up
calls from the front desk, in case you miss the first one.
Check as soon as possible with the
concierge or hotel staff to find nearby attractions or restaurants and to find
out if the hotel offers discounts or deals for those places.
#4 INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Cleaning products can release toxic chemicals into the air
and stagnant and dirty air can cause headaches. If possible, open a window and
let fresh air in.
Fill the ice bucket as soon as possible
and drink lots of water throughout the day during your stay. Unfortunately,
traveling can often lead to dehydration.
WHAT IF YOUR ROOM IS NOT UP TO YOUR EXPECTIONS?
have staff who are trained to do whatever is necessary to make your stay a
comfortable and memorable one. Most will have strict cleaning rules (especially
the big chains). They also tend to take the problem of bedbugs very seriously.
important to immediately address any problems you experience with the hotel
staff. They will, in most cases, work with you to fix any problems and live up
to your expectations. ‘Hotel horrors’ don’t have to ruin your travel plans or
your stay at any decent hotel.