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When you first check into a hotel and arrive into your room, what's your first move? Do you flop down on the bed with the greatest of glee? Beeline to the window to scope out your view? Head to the bathroom to freshen up? Well, perhaps it's time to rethink your hotel room M.O.. We reached out to frequent travelers who work in the industry to find out their go-to moves as soon as they arrive at their home away from home.
1. Do a WiFi check.
You may need it at 11:00pm when you return to your room after a long day, so it's best to know now if it's down, and call for help if need be. "After checking into a hotel room, one of the first things I do is either check to make sure the WiFi works," says David Solomito, VP, Marketing, KAYAK North America. His other priority? Checking out the gym to see what kind of machines and weights are available to him during his stay.
2. Look at the magazines.
“I always check out the selection of magazines and reading materials first. I firmly believe you are what you read, and a hotel’s choice for curating this material says a lot about the personality of the property and the experience they hope a guest discovers," offers Pritpal Singh, General Manager of the Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.
3. Make your room smells good.
"I bring a mini bottle of my favorite Jo Malone lavender/vanilla room spray with me when I travel so that my hotel room smells nice (I find that this is one area no matter how nice the hotel, most hotels miss on). [It also] helps me sleep," suggests Nao Shibata, Regional Manager for HotelTonight.
4. Set out your toiletries.
"The first thing I do is lay the fluffy white towels out on the bathroom vanity and organize my toiletries! I love feeling tidy in small spaces, especially after a busy travel day," says Elizabeth Eavey, Regional Director for HotelTonight.
5. Scope out the minibar.
“I am always excited when a hotel uses this opportunity to show a little personality and to give a glimpse of the local food and beverage scene," notes Singh. "Extra points for pulling together all the ingredients for a perfect in-room cocktail."
6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
"First thing when I get in to my hotel room after traveling long distances is order four large bottles of water to help with the jet lag. Works like a charm!" exlaims Simon Antoine, General Manager of InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf. Better yet? Save the money and help out the environment and do the same with your reusable water bottle or a glass in your hotel room (assuming the tap water at your destination is safe to consume, of course.)
7. Put your suitcases in the closet.
This will not only make the room feel bigger, but also make it feel more homey. "I head straight to the closet in search of a luggage rack so that I can strategically position my luggage off the carpet and as far away from the bed as possible," advises Sara Marston, General Counsel for HotelTonight.
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