People often make strange requests from hotels. Heck, we have a whole article full of them. The one request Sharon and I have most often isn’t that unusual, but we’ve been known to pick one hotel over another just because of access to this single amenity.
That’s right, a refrigerator.
Now when we’re traveling to Texas, we prefer to have a full size fridge/freezer combo to bring home all that wonderful barbecue. This trip was different. I was headed to New Jersey for one night for my grade school reunion and Sharon had two requests. Bring home pizza and bring home pierogi.
The day before my stay, I sent a message to the hotel via the Marriott app (I was turned onto this way to contact Marriott hotels from a post by Nick on Frequent Miler). In my message, I asked if there was a fridge in the room because I needed to keep some food cold for the plane ride home.
The nice hotel rep replied that all the rooms as the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel have in-room refrigerators. She also added that if I was bringing food back to the room that I needed to keep cold right away, to make sure and press the turbo chill button as soon as I got to the room.
Color me intrigued. I’ve never heard of that feature before. I found it so interesting that I even called Sharon to tell her. If I called instead of texting, you know it had to be important.
After stopping for the pizza and checking to make sure I had the right kind of pierogi, I headed to the hotel.
Since my room wasn’t ready, I left the food with the front desk to put into their fridge. When I returned later that evening, I brought everything to the room. The first thing I did was check the fridge to find the special button. Lo and behold, there it was, in all its Turbo Chill chilliness. Well, almost.
Now, I personally think that Turbo Chill sounds “cooler” than quick chill but the theory is the same. If you’ve ever felt a hotel fridge when you open it, you’d swear the thing is never going to keep anything cold.
I pressed the button, loaded the fridge with the food (and my complimentary water bottle) and hoped for the best.
I checked before heading to bed and yes, the fridge was really cool inside. I was confident my food would make it home. I still pressed the button again for another two hour turbo chill, just to make sure.
The next morning I packed the food using our standard “flying home with food” procedures. The hotel was so close to Newark Airport that when I got to the TSA checkpoint the ice hadn’t melted so I didn’t even need to dump it out as a liquid before heading to the gate.
I’m glad to say, the pizza (and pierogi) made it home safely. We’re saving the pierogi so it lasts us until our next trip but the pizza didn’t last more than a few days.
I’m not sure if this is a standard feature on hotel refrigerators as I’d never looked. Have you ever seen this in your room fridge?
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