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Hotel Room Hacks For a Better Stay

Many of us have stayed in a hotel room or two in our time and some of our experiences were better than others, to say the least. With the holidays fast approaching, we wanted to share our list of tips and tricks for a better hotel stay. Happy travels!

Photo by Emile Guillemot

Ask for a Corner Room
There is a way to upgrade without asking for a bigger room. Instead, ask for a corner room, where more space is guaranteed.

Don’t Put Your Luggage on the Bed
Bed bugs are the scourge of all hotels – no matter the rating. They are highly portable so don’t give them a free ride to your next location by putting your luggage on the bed. Avoid the luggage rack too since it’s usually close to the bed. Your best bet is to put your luggage in the bathroom and then give the bed, rack and chair/sofa a closer look.

Set the Right Temperature
If you’re outside the US and need to set the thermostat in your room, 20°C (68°F) is a good place to start.

Don’t Touch the Remote
The TV remote is a piece of hotel furniture that is heavily used but rarely cleaned. Before using, give it a quick swipe with some baby wipes or a damp hand towel. Or you can wrap it in a shower cap when using it.

Be Skeptical of Drinking Glasses
Generally, drinking glasses are cleaned after every guest. However, if there’s no on-site restaurant, though, how are they cleaned? By hand presumably, but how well? Give them a rinse and a sniff, at least.

Save Money on Laundry
Avoid super-expensive hotel laundry bills by washing your clothes in the bath using travel detergent and then hanging them out to dry on the towel radiators. If you don’t have the time, ask the hotel staff for a local recommendation.

Do Not Disturb
For extra security put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Hanging it when you leave the hotel room gives the impression that you’re still inside. Also, housekeeping comes early so don’t forget to put the sign out before you go to bed if you want a few hours of undisturbed sleep.

Shut the Curtain
There’s nothing worse than curtains that don’t close properly – they guarantee an unwanted early wake-up call at the crack of dawn. Use a clothes hanger with clips to pin them together.

Stay Charged
Forgot the plug adapter for your iPhone charger? You could ask to borrow one from reception. Or be really self-sufficient and use a USB port in the back of the TV to charge your device.

Enjoy a Bigger Screen
Avoid paying for on-demand movies by connecting your laptop with your in-room TV using an HDMI cable. The result? Netflix on a bigger screen.

Create Your Own Sound System
Take your phone with you and drop it into the coffee cup or water glass. The acoustics of the container will amplify the sound of your phone giving you a richer experience.

Take a Souvenir
Hotels encourage guests to take toiletries as a reminder of their stay but the robes are often off-limits as they are reused for future guests.