Some people never use the coffee machine at a hotel while others travel with their own pillow cases. Well, hotelier and TikToker @queenevangeline25 recently went viral (over 765,000 views) with a video warning viewers about the five things she would never do at a hotel.
If you’re a frequent traveler or subscribe to my free daily travel tip, then you probably won’t be surprised by them since they’re all pretty much common sense. But for newer travelers or anyone who needs to be reminded, you may find these five tips helpful:
1. Not add the names of other guests to your reservation
@queenevangeline25 says if there’s more than one person staying in the room, she would never not add the other person(s) to the room reservation. She’s right and I learned this the hard way. I was once at a conference and my wife, who hadn’t changed her last name yet, came with me. She got locked out of the room when she accidentally touched her keycard to either her phone or credit card (both may deactivate the key). When she went to the front desk to get a new key, they wouldn’t give her one because her name wasn’t on the room reservation. Even if she had the same last name as me, some hotels still might not have given her a new key because she wasn’t on the reservation. So always add all occupants to your room reservation to make it easier for everyone.
2. Use the remote without wiping it down
This is definitely common sense as everyone knows the TV remote is the dirtiest thing in your hotel room. Who knows where people’s hands have been in between switching channels. One of my friends was so afraid of the germs on the hotel room remote that she would travel with plastic bags and immediately pop the TV remote in it and work it from there. On one particular trip, she ran out of bags and her hotel didn’t have a shower cap (her backup plan) so instead, she went into the mini bar and grabbed a condom (she was in Vegas). The funniest part is that she forgot to take it off when she checked out so you can only imagine housekeeping’s reaction. If you don’t have a plastic bag for your remote, see if you can use your phone to control the TV,
Tip: Wipe down all touchpoints in a hotel room including doorknobs, light switches and AC/heater controls.
3. Use glasses in a hotel bathroom
The TikToker says she never uses the glasses in a hotel room and she’s not talking about the plastic or Styrofoam cups. She’s talking about the real thing. I stopped using them years ago after seeing video from a hidden camera showing a housekeeper wiping the glasses with the same rag she had leaned the toilet with. I also don’t understand why hotels even put real glasses in the bathroom as they’re so slippery and fragile.
4. Not sign up to the rewards program
If you read this blog, then you already know to always sign up to the hotel’s rewards program since it has so many benefits, especially these days when hotels really want you to book direct so they give you extra perks like free WiFi and your points. Some hotels won’t give customers rewards points if they don’t book direct but @queenevangeline25 says you should sign up to get other benefits like Amazon points. I think she means Amazon gift cards.
5. Sit on the bedspread
@queenevangeline25 says she would never sit on the bedspread and that’s a fact as they don’t get cleaned regularly like sheets do. Fortunately, most upscale hotels don’t even have bedspreads and instead, use a duvet covered in a sheet, which does get washed every time the bedding is cleaned. So if you’re in a hotel with a bedspread or throw pillows, toss those things to the corner and wash your hands because who knows what germs are on it.
Watch @queenevangeline25’s TikTok below:
@queenevangeline25 #5thingschallenge #5thingsiwouldneverdo #hotel #motel #guestd #hospitalityindustry #queenevangeline ♬ original sound – vange.vange
What are things you NEVER do in a hotel room? Leave a comment below!
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