Friday, November 4, 2011

Hotels

When things are provided, sometimes it is easy to get used to them. I have been any many hotels, especially in the United States. Some things are pretty standard in the rooms. Almost all rooms have a television, an alarm clock, a telephone, a telephone book, a bible, wifi throughout the hotel, and a coffee pot.

But traveling in Europe has been different. I have been in at least four different hotels since coming to Spain, one in Huelva, and three in London. None of them had a specific alarm clock. None of them had phone books. None of them had bibles. And wifi might exist throughout the hotel but not for free. Here are some breakdowns of what I have experienced with the different hotels.
  • Huelva: The first hotel I stayed in when I came to Spain had no clock at all. I had no phone either. My only means of telling time was my watch. The alarm doesn't do much good at waking me up. For internet, there was free wifi in the lobby, but every 30 minutes the code expired and I would have to get a new one. To use internet anywhere else in the hotel cost about 15 euros.
  • Stansted: The hotel had a shower only. There would be no hand-washing clothes there. The bed had a comforter with a sheet inside. There was no actual alarm clock but the television had a clock and wake-up setting on it. There was free wifi in the lobby, not that I was too concerned with it because it was 12:30 a.m. by the time I checked in. They also had a free continental breakfast-- something I haven't seen at any other hotel in Europe so far. 
  • Brentford, London:  This hotel was very similar to the hotel in Stansted. It makes since since it is the same company. The bathroom had a tub though and I could wash some clothes. It also included a safe. There was free wifi in the lobby area, and it cost 15 pounds to use it in the room.
  • Gatwick, London: I stayed at a Ramada Inn this time. I couldn't even take a shower because I could never divert the water even after twisting every knob in there. The internet in the lobby was free but disconnected every 30 seconds. Luckily there was a special and it cost seven pounds to use the wire in the room.

4 comments:

  1. Seems like Europeans have a lot to learn about Hospitality.

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  2. I would love to go to that place and stay at the nicest accommodation in town.

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  3. Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately, as a recent college graduate I can't afford the best hotels. The rooms themselves weren't bad, nor was (most) of the service. Unfortunately they just don't offer some of the same services as in the USA. I can understand the clock situation as most of them are "Green" and in order to have electricity in the room you must place your keycard in a special spot at the entrance (although folding a piece of paper will do). When you remove the card, the electricity goes out which means you must reset the clock each time you are in the room.

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