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When you check into a hotel, you expect a restful night of sleep and perhaps some room service or free breakfast. What you don’t know are these secrets, straight from the lips of the front desk staff.
Pledge to Clean Glasses
A traveler spending much time staying in hotels once discovered that staff cleans the minibar glasses with lemon Pledge to keep them streak free.
You Might not be Safe
Though the room keys are deactivated upon checkout, some of them will still work on the elevators and external doors, meaning people can come back even after their stay is over.
Hotels Make a Ton of Money
You’re paying more than you need to when you take a room for the night. The turnover rate for getting the room ready for the next guest is sometimes as little as $5.
Use a Towel on the Chair
Hotel staff say that many people sit naked on the chairs in hotel rooms so you probably want to cover them with a towel before you sit down.
You Might Get Kicked Out
Many hotels overbook because they always expect cancellations. If you get there and don’t have a room, you might have to leave, though the hotel will pay a comparable rate at a nearby hotel.
Request Clean Linens
The sheets are usually washed after each use, but that’s not always the case with blankets and comforters.
Food Isn’t That Fresh
While it’s probably perfectly safe, room service food has to travel from the kitchen all the way to your room, meaning you might end up with overcooked or soggy food.
Tip the Housekeeper
They get paid an hourly wage, but many housekeepers still rely on tips as well.
Never Use the Minibar
Not only are the bottles really expensive, but they might be expired or previous guests could have emptied and refilled them so they weren’t charged.
Shut off the Long Distance
This really isn’t an issue with cell phones, but some hotels will turn it off for you, just in case.