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Posted Thursday, June 5, 2008, at 10:10 PM

I have no idea how many of you travel and stay in hotels, motels, condos, etc., but I have done quite a bit of traveling in recent years. I have learned that the hangers in the closets relate the classiness of the facility. There are the hangers that fit into a slot on the ring that is permanently attached to the closet rod. This is the type I hate, and they are usually in the mid-priced hotels. The really nice hotels have very good hangers and usually have both those with wooden rods for pants and those with clips for skirts. These are the ones I really like. This week we were in a rental place in Townsend. Usually they have the thin wire hangers from the cleaners. Would you believe I opened both bedroom closets and found not one hanger of any variety? I would have gladly settled for those attached to the rods. Since we took some clothes on hangers, we were hanging clothes on top of clothes.

Most hotels just use an off-brand of facial tissue, and I end up blowing my nose on the toilet tissue because it is softer. Those fancy hotels use Kleenex.

What about the hotels that have these tiny little bars of soap on the sink. Lately I have been to a couple of places where they have those little bitty soaps for the tub/shower. I've learned to carry a bar of soap with me. I'm still trying to figure out what is going on in this one nice hotel I stayed in last month. Each day when the maid came in, she took away both bars of soap and left new ones. Usually they may leave a new one but also leave the used one on the tub. Not this place. I spent 4 nights and had 2 fresh bars of soap each day. That is so wasteful. Surely no one is reusing that soap. The next time I stay there I will hide my soap in the morning before I leave. That will confuse the maid.

Now some hotels have started putting a bottle of water in the room with a price tag of $5.00 on it. If I need bottled water, I can run by a Walgreens and pick up some cheaper than that.

Most hotels today have the tops of their tables, desks, etc., covered with literature. There are books about the hotel and the city, room service menus, a card from the maid, a card about saving energy by not having your linens changed, information about the TV schedule and the telephone, and more material about the Internet connection. Some even have magazines. They leave me with almost no place to scatter my stuff, and I do travel with stuff.

Thank goodness some of the hotels now have those wonderful pillowtop mattresses and soft pillows. See, I can find positive things too.

What is your pet peeve about hotels, other than exorbitant prices?

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One of my mission trips to Africa was to a rural church not too far from a small city with a couple of hotels. I was teaching soap-making from scratch, but one of the suggestions we made was that they try to make arrangements to collect the leftover itty-bitty bath soaps (yes, they use the same kind, even in Kenya) and melt them down into new bars. I don't know whether the suggestion was ever pursued.

That would never fly here in the States, of course. I'd imagine FDA regulations prohibit it.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 8:40 AM

I stayed in hotel with a group this spring. Upon arriving, I wanted to freshen up in the bathroom after a long day of traveling before going to the next activity. I flipped on the light to the ever so tiny bathroom, and nothing. Fan? Nada. So we called up the front office and they sent a guy down to our room. He changed the lightbulb, and still nothing happened. He said he could fix it the next day, but the hotel insisted on moving us far away from our group on the other side of the building. That was ridiculous! We finally did end up staying in our own room, and they fixed it while we were our the next day like we suggested in the first place.

Isn't it so true that the customer is always right?

-- Posted by princess_individuality on Mon, Jun 30, 2008, at 9:56 PM

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