I don’t envy people who are in charge of room assignments in hotels. Granted, nowadays it’s computer-based, which makes it easier (this is how they do it, BTW). But there are still so many variables, such as status, length of stay, blocks of rooms for special events, etc.
On top of that, different people have different needs, wants and requests when it comes to which hotel room they want:
- Some people who have mobility problems may ask for handicapped accessible rooms (they should hope they never get this room)
- Those traveling with their pets will want a pet-friendly room.
- Some want a good view, so they ask for a top floor. They even may ask for a particular view.
- Others are more concerned about emergency evacuations and ask for a room on one of the lower floors.
- People with children in their party may ask to be closer to the ice machine or elevators, or if it’s a big place, closer to the pool.
The list goes on and on.
Joe and I don’t travel with our dog and we don’t have any kids. We also, thankfully, don’t need a handicapped accessible room. Unless it’s the rare occasion that we’re staying at a place like this for a special occasion, the view outside our window isn’t even all that important. Frankly, as long as it’s clean and quiet, we’re good.
Most hotels we stay in have an acceptable level of cleanliness to begin with (although I remember the floors of our of room in that Hyatt Centric a couple of years ago…yuck!). So it’s mainly the “quiet factor.” And the way we can tackle that?
Ask for a corner room at the end of the hall.
Think about it. You’re far away from the areas that tend to be noisy, like the ice machine and elevator. You’ll only have “neighbors” on one side of you, instead of two. And except for whoever’s in the room across from you, no one should be going as far as your door to get to their room.
Granted, at most hotels, requests are noted but never guaranteed. And, of course, you’ll sacrifice potential noise for having to walk further down the hall. Annnnd you still won’t be able to help it if you have Irish dancers directly above you, a honeymooning couple in the room next door (bow-chicky-bow-bow!), or someone who plays the TV too loudly in the room across the hall. But overall, you should have more peace and quiet than you would if you’re closer to the elevator, ice machine or even the middle of the hall.
Feature Photo (cropped): CGP Grey / Wikimedia
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