My Current Pet Peeve With Hotels

If you travel enough, there will always be something that bothers you. Sharon just wrote about the behavior of people at airports. Personally, I’m always aggravated when hotels don’t put enough power outlets in a room but I can forgive hotels for that (well, to an extent) because maybe when the room was designed, people didn’t plug in as many things. My current pet peeve is different and something is so simple for a hotel to fix that I can’t stand when I have to deal with it.


Really? Do the people who design these rooms actually sleep on a bed? It’s not so hard to figure out how many pillows you need to put on a bed.

Maybe I’m just a bit of a Goldilocks here. Sometimes there are not enough pillows for me. If you have a only one queen or king size bed in the room, you should have more than 3 pillows. I say it should be a 2 pillow per person norm for hotels.

Quality Inn, Dillon SC
Fairfield Inn & Suites, Jupiter, FL

Of course, there are the hotels who want to show off by giving you multiple sizes of decorative pillows on the bed. Does anyone sleep on these? How do they get washed between guests? If the pillows take up more than 1/3 of the bed space, that’s too many.

Kimpton Hotel Allegro – Chicago, IL
Fitzpatrick Grand Central, New York, NY

Be honest – if you’re like me, you throw those pillows on the floor. At both of these hotels, the housekeeping staff nicely stacked them in the corner for us.

Occasionally, hotels will get it just right. I wasn’t surprised that the Waldorf=Astoria had their pillow game at 100%. Those were some comfortable pillows.

Waldorf Astoria
Waldorf=Astoria, New York, NY

The Hyatt Centric Key West also gets the pillows right (and they should for what they charge for these rooms!)

Hyatt KW
Hyatt Centric Key West, Key West, FL

You don’t have to be a fancy hotel to get the pillows correct. Even a Crowne Plaza and a Courtyard by Marriott can do it. It’s not hard.

Crowne Plaza NYC
Crowne Plaza Times Square, New York, NY
Courtyard Ft. Lauderdale
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale East – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Final Thoughts

If the first thing I have to do when I get into bed is throw 3 decorative pillows on the floor or go and grab an extra pillow from the other bed (or the closet), you’re already digging a hole for your hotel.

Now, none of these even approached the level of pillow confusion we had at our casa in Cuba. Those are the only 2 pillows they gave us – 2 decorative ones. That’s it. At least the polyester pillowcases matched the polyester bed sheets in style and texture. But really, not even the towel swans could save them.


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