Staying in hotels quite frequently, I have a series of routines I tend to go through after check-in that are somewhat second nature to me. It’s like living at home, but needing to be adaptable on the road to making the experience as comfortable as possible.
While I know these “to-do list” items won’t be the same for everyone, it shares a bit of insight into how I tend to travel, and perhaps suggests things for your routine as well. I’d be curious to see your routines as well.
Extending Check-Out Time
If you have hotel elite status, you’re almost always offered a late check-out option depending on availability. Because that availability can change over time, and often gets worse closer to departure, I always request a late check-out time, regardless of my intended departure, since I never know if plans will change, or I’ll need it. If I can end up checking out earlier, that benefits the hotel, but by making sure I’m secured an extended departure, I’ll have a comfort zone knowing I can store my bags somewhere.
Unplug the Alarm Clock
I never use the hotel alarm clock, and instead rely upon my phone. I’ve encountered way too many hotels where an alarm is still set on the clock for an absurd hour that wakes you up, when all you wanted to do was sleep. I find hotel housekeeping never check or turn off these alarms, and it’s something that’s happened to me on more than one occasion. If I can unplug the alarm from the wall, I’ll avoid this problem altogether.
Check Restaurant Operating Hours
Travel plans can change, and since eating is an integral part, I always want to get an idea of the operating hours of the hotel restaurant, if there is one, to ensure I’ll have a backup place to eat, should other plans fall through. I’ve been on several trips where I wanted to eat somewhere else, but due to a late arrival or other circumstances, was forced to eat in the hotel restaurant…only to find that closed, too. By having a general idea of the hours, I’ll know that this is a backup plan should I need it. Along these lines, if breakfast is included in my stay, I find out the hours of that, too.
Check Lightbulbs In Room
Okay, so this one seems a bit crazy, but I seem to have this “curse” of arriving into hotel rooms with lightbulbs that are burned out. I always turn on all of the lights to see if they work, and then report issues to maintenance for proper fixing. For some reason, I seem to always end up in a room with a broken light fixture, and when you really need the light later at night, it’s annoying as anything to not have it because it’s not working.
Find Nearest Public Transportation
I tend to use public transportation more than Ubers, and especially more than Taxis, since they’re often times cheaper and less prone to being effected by traffic. If there’s a nearby train station or subway stop, I locate it first, having a good idea of the schedules so I can use it if need be. When I’m wanting to go out, or to the airport, I want to be able to know my options of public transport vs. being stuck with an option that’s overpriced.
What habits do you have when checking in to a hotel?
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