Everyone has them. And most try to avoid them like the plague. I’m talking about pet peeves. When traveling, people have certain things they want to experience, and don’t want to experience. The question we’ll answer here: are your pet peeves in line with other travelers’?
Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk conducted their annual pet peeves survey for hotels. And the following are the things travelers hate the most about their hotel stays:
1. Expensive and/or slow internet
2. Hard to reach/insufficient power outlets
3. Poor room cleanliness
4. Cigarette smell
5. Poor heat/AC control
7. Insufficient water pressure and/or temperature
8. Unexpected fees (including resort fees)
9. Uncomfy pillows
10. Insufficient or poor lighting
Others on the list include a poor bathroom design, drapes that let in too much light, and the “do not disturb” sign being ignored. For a complete list you can click here.
Are my pet peeves the same?
I have to say, many things on the list annoy me, but not necessarily in the same order as listed above. These top my list of pet peeves:
-Cleanliness: if the room I’m staying in isn’t clean, that’s a deal breaker. I probably wouldn’t leave (depending on how dirty it is), but I certainly wouldn’t stay at that hotel again.
-Out of date TVs or other appliances: if the hotel room isn’t updated with a flat screen TV, and relatively new furnishings/decor, that’s a red flag to me. There’s really no excuse for that kind of thing.
-Poor bathroom design: I like being able to keep my toiletries in the bathroom. I’ve stayed at some hotels where there’s nothing but a sink, toilet, and shower/tub in the bathroom. I find it very inconvenient if there’s no counter and/or storage.
-Poor heat/AC control: that would certainly annoy me, and make me not want to be there.
Many of the others would annoy me, but they’re not at the top of my list. For example, I don’t travel for business, so I’m not too concerned about the internet and power outlets. If I did need those when I traveled, and they weren't up to snuff, I’d certainly be pretty peeved. Same goes for noise and curtains. If I needed to keep a strict schedule, I’d want noise kept to a minimum, and the curtains big enough to cover the entire window.
It’s a legit list of pet peeves for hotels. I can see how all of them made it on the list. But each traveler is different. I’m sure my list is different than yours. And the next person.
What would you consider your biggest hotel pet peeves?
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