Hotels That Are Doing The Absolute Most To Keep Us Coming Back
Everyone loves to feel special when they stay in a hotel. As much as we love to get away from our own lives and stay somewhere else, there are some hotels that go above and beyond for their customers.
Have you ever wanted to stay at a hotel that will build you your very own fort? Or what about a hotel that provides with a pillow menu so you can have the best sleep possible? These hotels are doing the absolute most to get our business and have us coming back again and again.
Never Get Lost On Your Way Home
For the people who love to explore the local areas around your hotel but also are really bad with direction and have a habit of getting lost, this hotel has a solution for you.
This hotel in China has cards that guests can give to taxi drivers so if you don’t speak the language or can’t remember the name of the street your hotel is on, you’ll always know you’re being taken back to the right place!
A Simple Solution
Imagine you’re on vacation and you just want to watch some episodes of The Office on Netflix that you’ve seen ten times already, but you don’t have the energy to move every piece of furniture in the room in order to reach the back of the TV. We can’t blame you.
This hotel decided to be thoughtful and put everything you need out in the open, plus they labeled it for you so when you’re googling ‘how to connect iPad to hotel TV’ you’ll know exactly what every port is.
Only Darkness Here
All of your prayers have been answered! Finally, a hotel that realizes you actually want to be able to cover the entire window without having the gap of light in the middle.
At this hotel, you can rest assured (literally) that you won’t be woken up by any pesky sun at 7 am. You can sleep the morning away — the afternoon too if you really want — in complete darkness. Talk about living the dream.
Stop, Drop, And Read
Have you ever seen this in a hotel and thought “who was in charge of putting these up and managed to screw it up?” One Reddit user pointed out there’s actually a logical reason behind its location.
If there’s a fire, you’re supposed to be crawling in order to avoid the smoke, which means you’ll be eye-level with the fire evacuation plan that’s been placed on the baseboards. Makes perfect sense right? If it were at the normal eye-level height it would be totally ineffective.
Total Eclipse Of The Sun
This clever hotel in North Carolina took their branding to a whole new level and you’ll be impressed when you realize the connection. Seems innocent enough right? Who doesn’t enjoy some snacks in their hotel room?
The kicker is that the guests in this hotel room were visiting the location in order to watch a solar eclipse. The hotel decided to stock all the rooms with sun, moon, and eclipse-themed snacks. It costs barely anything for the hotel to buy these snacks in bulk, and it’ll get your guests talking for sure.
Served With A Side Of “I Don’t Care”
Quite frankly, this doesn’t even need to be a kids menu, this could be a menu for indecisive adults too! You can’t go wrong with chicken tenders or mac & cheese.
It’s nice for guests that this hotel understands that you don’t want to spend money on something you’re not sure the kids are going to like — and that they’re probably not going to finish anyways — plus this makes the decision easier for everyone.
Did we all just miss the memo that says we’re allowed to ask for hotel staff to build a fort inside our rooms? This is a game-changer.
You can tell by the Fort Hampton rules that this is not the first time they’ve been asked for this. They know how to deliver, they’re prepped, and ready. Sure, it might not be perfect, but imagine you’re on a business trip, you come back to your room after a long day of meetings, and you get to hang out in your own personal fort.
This hotel in Katowice, Poland has plants that guests can take up to the room during their stay. The sign says you can use them to brighten up the room or to talk to if you’re a solo traveler.
The chances of someone stealing a plant are pretty minimal so the hotel only has to have a handful of plants on standby, and it’s something the guests will remember and tell their friends (or Reddit) about.
Is This A Set Up?
Just acknowledge it and make it part of your brand, that’s what this UK hotel brand did. We all know you’re going to steal the hotel shampoo (they’re basically made for it) so this Birmingham hotel decided to embrace that!
Redditors were also shocked at just how big this bottle appeared to be with some pointing out that you likely wouldn’t be able to steal it if you were flying and only had a carry-on. It’s made for a specific brand of thief only.
Built-In Travel Buddy
This UK hotel provides its guests with a cell phone equipped with data, free of charge for you to use! According to the hotel, the Lansbury Heritage, guests can make calls to UK numbers, send text messages as well as use the data on the phone.
You’re encouraged to take the phone out of the room and use it as your own during your stay so you don’t have to worry about roaming charges! This is a super unique way to go above and beyond for your guests.
Reuse The Rag
Rather than continuously having to throw out old or stained towels that guests wouldn’t want to use, this hotel is recycling the discarded ones!
Labeled as “the rag,” the towels provided in the bag are perfectly clean, but guests are encouraged to use them to clean up any mess they might make. Spill some coffee? Use the rag. Did you get makeup all over the counter? Clean it up with the rag! It’s a really smart idea, rather than ruining all their towels. Instead, just have some that are meant to be ruined.
Any Given Sunday
Who doesn’t want to sleep in when they’re staying at a hotel? Knowing that you don’t have to set an alarm or get up for any reason if you don’t want to is the best part about vacation, but then that pesky checkout time gets in the way.
This hotel gets that you don’t want to have to pack up and go by 10 or 11 am on a Sunday, so with the ‘any given Sunday’ checkout time, you have until 6 pm!
Prepared To Weather Any Storm
This hotel mirror at the Vancouver Sheraton tells you the weather while you’re waiting for the elevator, so you always know if you should run back to your room to grab your umbrella, change into shorts or grab those sun hats for the kids.
This is perfect for any person who is on the go, and can be a great conversation starter as you stand there awkwardly waiting for the elevator with some poor stranger.
Would you rather have fresh towels every day, or reuse your towels for a day or two (which you do at home anyway) and get a free drink instead? This hotel will give you a free drink at the lobby bar if you choose to forgo your room cleaning for the day.
If you’re staying for an extended stay you could probably finesse your way into a number of nightcaps. Plus, if you get enough free drinks you probably won’t care if your towels are fresh that day…
A Different Kind Of Nuts And Bolts
A small gesture can go a long way in the hospitality industry. This hotel was under construction so they provided chocolate shaped construction treats in order to appease their guests.
“Sorry it’s super loud on your floor, here’s some chocolate to help you fall into a sugar coma before you go to bed!” It’s a pretty good idea, right? Plus, it lets customers know right away that there’s something going on, so maybe you’ll get fewer complaints.
People are picky about pillows, it’s a fact. That’s why hotels normally put so many on the bed — in hopes that at least one will be suitable for you.
This hotel, though, is taking your pillow preferences to a whole new level of heaven with their pillow menu. You can feel a sample of each pillow, decide on which one is what you’re looking for and then place your order! The menu also includes alternate duvet and blanket options for optimum sleeping. Prepare for the best sleep ever.
You Grow Girl!
A hotel in Madrid, Spain wants guests to refrain from smoking in the room, and they have a way to prove it if they suspect you might’ve broken the rules.
The paper cutout is “very sensitive to smoke” and will change colors if you smoke in the room so the hotel staff will know about it. If you’re not a smoker — or you are but you’re a boring rule follower — then it’s just a cute little decoration for your room!
This hotel bathroom has a multi-use door which is a genius idea for anyone sharing a hotel room.
You can swing the door so that it only closes off the part where the toilet is, leaving the rest of the bathroom open for anyone to use, which is great for if you have multiple people trying to get ready at the same time in the morning. If you’re not good at sharing, or you’re claustrophobic, you can just use it as a normal door!
Covering All The Angles
This is one of those solutions that you never really thought about but you now realize how amazing it is.
The alarm clock can be a point of debate when you’re sharing a hotel room with someone because if it’s the only clock in the room, who do you face it towards at night? How do you decide who gets to know what time it is and who gets to lie in darkness? This clock displays the time on multiple sides of the clock, completely solving your problem.
New-Age Lighting Fixture
This hotel wants to make sure you never have to get out of bed again to turn off the lights. Simply pull the handle hanging from the ceiling and it’ll turn out every light in the room.
Are you someone who struggles with waking up when your alarm rings in the morning? Turn on all the lights right when you wake up without ever having to get out of bed, then you won’t fall back asleep! Is this lazy or innovative, or both? Definitely both.