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  • Writer's pictureCarol McKee


Hotel Room

It's no secret that a hotel room is your home away from home while you are on a trip. Being a seasoned traveler myself, I cannot tell you how important it is to be happy with your accommodations from the minute you arrive.

You do not want to risk having a trip you are not 100 percent satisfied with because your room is not up to par. You need to be sure everything is just right immediately after checking into your room. I want to help you have the best stay every time you are away. By doing these five things right after you check in, you can rest assure that your stay will be fantastic.

1.Be Sure Your Room is Safe

Hotel Door

Your safety is of utmost importance and most hotels have great safety measures in place. The first thing to do is to find the safe in your room and learn how it works. Right after you unpack, immediately place your valuables in the safe to prevent any loss. Secondly, learn how to use the deadbolt on your door and make sure it is latched whenever you are in your room. Also, read over the fire safety plan on the door and know where the emergency exits are so you are prepared during your stay.

2. Do an Amenities Check

Hotel amenities

Check to be sure you have all of the amenities that you need. Is there plenty of soap and shampoo? Is there a hair dryer and an iron? Do you have all of the towels that you need? Is there anything that you forgot that you could ask the hotel for? Checking these things right after you arrive can save you time later on. In addition to this, if you see anything in the room that is damaged upon arrival, let the hotel know in case they are not aware so that you are not responsible.

3. Make sure the Cleaning is to Your Standard

Clean Hotel

There is nothing wrong with having high standards when it comes to the cleanliness of your room. You want to be comfortable during your stay. Take a look at the bathroom, the floors, your bed sheets, any areas that may not be easily seen. Make sure that they are acceptable and if you do not like what you see, notify the staff so they can take care of it.

4. Inspect the Mattress


This may sound silly, but what is more important than your sleep during your trip? No one sleeps perfectly when away from home but you definitely want to take measures so that it's close. Making sure your mattress is comfortable is one thing to do, but another super important thing to do is check for bed bugs before your stay. I know, it's awful to even think about but trust me, this is one pest you do not want to deal with. Take a look under the sheets, in the mattress seams, along the headboard and in hidden places around the bed. Bed bugs can often be seen, or they will leave a red or black stain on the mattress. Just to be on the safe side even if you do not see anything, don't place your suitcase or belongings on the bed. Keep items in the closet area.

5. Get Ready for the Next Day

Hotel Clerk

Make your stay easier by preparing for the next day. If you need to set up a wake up call, do so with the front desk. Find out what time breakfast is if you are staying somewhere that offers it. Ask for directions the night before if you need them. You will sleep easy when you are ready for the day or week ahead.

The biggest piece of advice I can give you when you are staying at a hotel is don't be afraid to speak up or ask questions. If you are not happy with something during your stay, let the hotel know. You are your biggest advocate and nothing should stand in your way of a fabulous trip! As always, if you need helping planning a trip or booking a great place to stay I would love to help you.

What is something you do right after checking into a hotel?

Carol Mckee

I would love to hear from you.

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