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The Hotel Thermostat Hack That Went Horribly Wrong

by SharonKurheg

Joe and I have been friends with Stephan and Emilio for years. But besides the friendship, Stephan, in particular, has been a longtime reader of Your Mileage May Vary. He’s mentioned here and there how some pieces of our advice have helped them with some of their travels. He’s also told us that our list of hacks of how to override electronic hotel thermostat settings has been of particularly good use, here and there.

Anyway, the two of them were staying at a Marriott property a while back. Stephan and I were texting back and forth about some people we mutually knew, when the conversation took quite the turn…

To make the above a little more clear: when he said the room was too cold, I told him to check out our post about hotel thermostats. Our list doesn’t include every single thermostat out there, but it has a lot. Unfortunately, it apparently didn’t have the one he needed, because when he sent me a pic of the thermostat in his room, I could see it wasn’t on my list.

Hmmm…

So I did some Googling, found a video to override it, and send him the link:

But then he said:

Well, I’ll tell you what happened. Nothing good.

About 5 or 10 minutes later, Stephan wrote back:

He was only saying that in fun, but I still felt guilty for bringing him down this path to begin with. Oh crap. Oh crap. Oh crap…

And then came the moment of truth:

(and a blog post he has now become, albeit several months later LOL)

Anyway, Stephan was quiet for a while and then wrote back:

Pause…..pause…..

And then an update!

Hooligans indeed. And never trust fly-by-night travel blogs 😉

About an hour I got one more message from him:

They checked out the next morning, using the app. They didn’t mention the issue. As Stephan said, “I broke it, it fixed itself. ‘Even Steven’ in my book.” They never heard anything from the hotel about it, either.

But it just goes to show you – even though there are directions on how to hack a thermostat, even if there are links that tell you exactly how to go it, even if they’re FROM US (or some other fly-by-night travel blog) ;-), you’re ALWAYS doing it at your own risk.

Fortunately, Stephan and Emilio did not go to hotel jail. But we do thank them for their friendship and for allowing us to share their (edited for blog use) story.

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4 comments

derek March 28, 2021 - 3:42 pm

I would have moved to another room because the “engineer” may have been a Covid carrier.

I need and/or want to travel, some of it very important. However, because of the pandemic, I have only traveled once by car and used extraordinary precautions, like bringing my own food and water to avoid restaurants and minimize rest stops. (I admit I used the bushes of the rest stop for, in Mexican lingo, #1).

Even if vaccinated, you have to be very careful. Don’t think you are being safe but actually are not. The problem with Covid is the chance of death, even if small. After all, drunk driving is banned even though it is not that dangerous. If drunk, usually the most that happens is a dent in the car or a mailbox knocked over. Death from drunk driving to anyone, pedestrian or driver, is less than 1%. (disclaimer: I condemn drunk driving!)

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Ghostrider5408 March 28, 2021 - 7:23 pm

If the engineer was carrying Covid and they came into close contact with him as he was working on the thermostatic it would have been too late in ask probability. I have found if you call the front desk they can send someone up to adjust the room temp, many systems today they can do via software from engineering. Thats the problems with hackers they what happens

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"Stephan" March 28, 2021 - 9:42 pm

These guys sound bonkers and I want to be their friend. 😂

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Clyn6 March 29, 2021 - 2:19 pm

A Most excellent post! Thanks for the chuckles!

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