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Business Travel: Bad Hotel Innovations
Sadly, not all innovations are deemed good. Even these “smart” rooms are raising concerns on the privacy of hotel guests, despite the assurances hotels have given that the data they have gathered are used only to serve their guests in a better manner. While all innovations are presumably aimed at making the hotel’s facilities better and more convenient for the guests, not to mention aimed at making the hotel look much, much nicer. Unfortunately, noble as their aims might be, sometimes they just don’t work.
What are these hotel innovations that just don’t work? Larry Mundy lists a few of them.
Decorative balconies with sliding-glass doors. It’s a real bummer to find an inviting sliding glass pane in your room opening to a balcony, only to find that the balcony is only eight inches deep.
Towel racks inside the shower. Having your towel conveniently hung inside the shower stall is great. Unfortunately, having it all soaked and dripping from the shower spray the same as you are is not.
The “undercut” guestroom door. What is the purpose of having the guestroom door cut three inches off the bottom? Is it to circulate air? Well, it circulates bugs, smells and noises, too.
Plastic-bag liners for the ice bucket. Plastic liners are okay, except when they are smaller than the diameter of the ice bucket itself. In that case, the liners only fall in a slop underneath the ice.
Motion detectors wired to the HVAC system. They do save energy for the hotel, but they make the room uncomfortable and unwelcoming for the guest when he or she returns to the room.
Throw pillows. Throw pillows are completely useless. They are thrown off the bed to make space for sleeping, and when one has to get up in the middle of the night, one has to stumble their way through them.
The combination alarm clock. Far too confusing to use sometimes, so the guest opts to request the hotel staff for a wake-up call more often than not.
There are many others. I am sure you can think of a few of your own.
About the Author: Anna Lynn C. Sibal has worked with traveling business executives for the past seven years, providing them with close personal and administrative assistance. Along with her innate interest in travel, this experience has given her many insights on how traveling executives think and what they need.
Anne is a journalism graduate from the University of the Philippines, the leading state university of that country, as well as one of the premier academic institutions in Southeast Asia. Aside from travel, Anne also displays a keen interst in literature, the cinema and the Internet. She has written and contributed actively to various student publications and has managed an in-house publication for a real estate association in the Philippines. She has also won an award for her screenplay from the Film Development Foundation of the Philippines in 2001.
Check her blog at http://biz-trips.info/