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How To Override Hotel Thermostat Settings

by SharonKurheg

As we wrote a while back, modern hotel thermostats are, in a word, a pain. Well over a decade ago, we noticed the kind of thermostat where you were supposed to put your room key into a slot to keep the air conditioning (and sometimes the electricity!) running, which meant when you were out of the room, your A/C wouldn’t run and when you got back, the room would be uncomfortable. That one was easy to override because just about ANY card worked in the slot ;).

As modern technology got more advanced, they started building motion sensors into hotel thermostats, which meant that not only did you have to be in the room for the A/C to work, you had to be moving around…so if you were sleeping and woke up in the middle of the night, the room could be uncomfortable because unless they were sleepwalking, no one had moved around in several hours.

And then there are the thermostats that have upper or lower limits that you can’t bypass so the room won’t get warmer or colder than the hotel wants. Oh great, that way we can be uncomfortable in our room while we’re wide awake, too!

Fortunately, electronic-savvy travelers have made it their business to figure out how to override these nuisance thermostats so we can be in our hotel rooms more comfortably. Here are some hacks for some of the most popular brands at some of the more popular hotels:

NOTE #1: Of course, the hotels don’t want you to mess with their thermostats. Besides potentially using up more energy than the hotel intended, you run the risk of breaking their thermostat – and frankly, they may or may not hold you responsible for the repair bill. Your Mileage May Vary as to whether it’s a good idea or not to try to bypass the controls set by the hotel – but if you think it’s OK, here are some ways to do it.

NOTE #2: Some of these suggestions are older than others and some controls may have been updated since. We make no guarantees they still work, but hey, it’s worth a try, right?

AMANA PTAC

These are “below the window” units you see in some motel and hotel rooms, where the settings are in the unit.

Alternate AMANA PTAC

The older Amana PTAC units don’t need as much work to override the thermostat, as I discovered during a recent trip to a Candlewood Suites that had such a unit. Click here to see how easy it is.

AMANA IMC

These are frequently found in Holiday Inn Express – they’re specifically wall units without a motion sensor

EVOLVE THERMOSTAT

These thermostats can be found at some Hilton hotels.

GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE) THERMOSTAT

This video specifies Holiday Inn window units

This video specifies Motel 6 window units

HONEYWELL THERMOSTAT

This is for the FocusPro 5000 & 6000 brand of thermostat, which can be found in many hotels

This is for the Honeywell brand used in Premier Inn brand of hotels

INCOMM THERMOSTAT

Frequently appearing in Hyatt and Sheraton hotels around the world, Honeywell’s Incomm thermostats have an easily-activated ‘DON mode’ or ‘VIP mode’ that overrides the usual temperature limits.

LONIX THERMOSTAT

Lonix thermostats are used around the world. A writer at Australian Business Traveler posted a way to override them. Click here to check it out.

SENSORSTAT-DDC

These are the thermostats used at many Disney hotels as well as some Wyndham hotels. There are 3 possible methods of overriding, depending on how old/what kind of thermostat your room has. The first video is older; if that doesn’t work, try the 2nd video. If the 2nd video doesn’t work, try the 3rd.

TRANE THERMOSTAT

Often used in in Accor hotels, these thermostats are a little more difficult to adjust, but it can be done.  A writer at Australian Business Traveler posted a way to override them. Click here to check it out.

VERDANT THERMOSTAT

ANY “TAMPER PROOF” THERMOSTAT (TO MAKE THE ROOM WARMER)

This one is kind of funny 🙂

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary

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DaninMCI May 31, 2019 - 9:58 am

This is a super valuable post. Thanks.

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SharonKurheg May 31, 2019 - 11:22 am

Thank-you! We try 😉

Some people bookmark it so they can find it more easily, in case they’re in a hotel and need it.

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Marcy July 7, 2019 - 10:49 pm

Thanks so much! Just tried it tonight to put my fan on “Always” mode and it worked like a charm.

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SharonKurheg July 7, 2019 - 10:58 pm

Whoop whoop! Glad it helped! Don’t forget to put the fan back to whatever the original setting is before you leave – it’s only fair.

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Stephanie January 7, 2020 - 3:36 pm

or… if you have Verdant… you can call the desk and tell them you do not want to be part of their energy management program during their stay, and they will put you in VIP mode so you are not damaging equipment or unnecessarily putting more work on the maintenance team. Verdant is the ONLY company that has this option. FYI

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SharonKurheg January 7, 2020 - 6:57 pm

For reals? I’ll add that to the post and give you cred, if you’ve got anything “official” that shows that?

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David L Cohen July 21, 2020 - 4:54 pm

I’m a big enthusiast of overriding those annoying hotel thermostat settings. I travel a lot (or did) for business and personal travel and hate being hot in my hotel room. I’ve used a lot of online YouTube videos and the like to help, but this is a really great collection! How do I stay updated on your findings? Also happy to contribute if I find a hotel thermostat that I figured out how to override myself.

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SharonKurheg July 21, 2020 - 7:05 pm

Hi David! I wrote this post a couple of years ago and although it’s been reposted once or twice, admittedly haven’t kept up with it in terms of making additions. If you find any YouTube videos that I missed, just give a shout out on this post with the link. Thanks!

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