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Hotels and Hassles

scrow Wrote: Nov 22, 2012 12:00 AM
Of course, it goes both ways. I work at a midwest hotel, a slightly-above-mid-level chain (Hampton). Maybe it's a midwestern thing, but guests are incredibly cheap when it comes to tipping. If at 1:30 a.m. I sat there after trudging three floors and down the end of the hallway to deliver two extra pillows and three extra blankets, my hand out, they'd laugh in my face. I think I collect one $1 tip every three months. Believe me, Housekeeping is minimal wage and front desk aren't doing much better. Is non-tipping an excuse for poor service? No. But the people who you deal with at hotels are only human, too.

Few things can make you appreciate home like staying in a hotel. This includes not only low-budget, bare bones hotels but also sweepingly large and ornate luxury hotels. What many hotels seem to have in common are needless hassles.

Since most people who stay in hotels do so while traveling, and stay only a few days in a given hotel, you might think that those who run hotels would want to make it easy for someone who arrives a little tired (or a lot tired) from traveling to use the various devices they find in their hotel room. But you...