There was a fantastic article in the Telegraph the other day, written by journalist Anthony Peregrine about his hotel pet hates. Piles of cushions, trouser presses, and complicated light switches featured on his hotels ‘do’s and don’ts’ list, and after reading through his list, I suddenly realised – he has a very good point.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a super-duper King Size bed scattered with hundreds of pointless (but very pretty) cushions, and I do love a chocolate on my pillow at the end of the day (although I never eat it!), as these are little luxuries that we don’t have at home. However, when it comes to coat hangers that you cannot remove from the wardrobe – well, that drives me bonkers!
I find it hard to believe that anyone actually steals coat hangers from hotel rooms, but I guess it must have happened more than once for these ghastly non-removable coat hangers to be invented. This is my biggest hotel pet hate.
Then there is the plug socket situation. Why oh why is there never a plug socket for a hairdryer or straightening irons in the bathroom – the only place with a big mirror and decent lighting? Yes, I know it could be dangerous if my GHD’s fall into a sink full of water, but you know what, it hasn’t happened to me at home in the last 40 years – so please give me a plug socket – I’m willing to take a chance!
When it comes to miniature bottles of shampoo and tiny bars of soap – I think you either love them or hate them. I fall in the latter category. While they may be very useful if you forget to take your own shampoo and shower gel, they take up what little bit of shelf space there is, and you knock them over every time you brush your teeth – take them away, please!
My only other ‘major’ hotel pet hate is not having an iron and ironing board in the room. If I have a suitcase with me, chances are, my clothes are going to need ironing. Get rid of those ridiculous trouser presses, nobody uses them anyway, and please give us a nice, modern iron with steam – thank you.
Despite my few pet hates, I absolutely love staying in luxury hotels – what about you? Let us know your hotel pet hates.