The Case Of The Mysterious MiniBar Charge – Make Sure It Doesn’t Happen To You

I admit, this sounds like the title of some Hardy Boys Mystery. However, it’s a story that I’m sure plays out endless times in hotels around the world. If you’ve stayed in a moderate to a high-end hotel, I have no doubt you’ve come across an in-room minibar that looks much like this:

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American Airlines Offering Status For Nothing, Favorite Eats In Key West, Marriott Making It Harder To Stay With Them, & More!

Hi travel friends! Here are our most popular posts for September 2019. Some of them were actually written before September (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older posts are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:

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Hotels Have Found A New Way To Keep You From From Changing The Temperature In Your Room

Setting the temperature of your hotel room has become a cat and mouse game between guests and the hotel management. People just want to set their rooms to a comfortable temperature for when they’re sleeping and hotels want to minimize the amount of money they spend on keeping those rooms cool.

Hotels are constantly updating technology to keep rooms at the temperature THEY want by installing smart thermostats, sold by companies who advertise that this is actually good for the guests’ comfort.

Now, there are ways for guests to override the temperature settings on some of these thermostats…

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The One Thing I Wish Hotel Housekeeping Would Stop Doing

From a combination of work and leisure trips, I’m well on my way to spending more nights in hotels this year than ever before. Staying away from home so much has led me to try and make my hotel room feel more “homey”. I’ll unpack things right away, keep my stuff organized instead of just throwing it all over the room, as well as bring more toiletries than I used to carry with me.

The last one of those is due to me never being sure if the hotel I’m staying at will have individually sized or bulk dispensers of soap and shampoo. Therefore, I’m more likely to bring my own items from home, including bringing my own small soaps with me from my vast collection.

This brings me to my most recent travel pet peeve.

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I Never Knew This Was Such A Popular Item To Buy From A Hotel Lobby

Hotel lobbies are usually not the most glamorous places. Sure, you might be staying at a really fancy hotel where the lobby is a showplace, like when we stayed at the Park Hyatt in Washington D.C.

Park Hyatt Washington

However, most people stay at hotels with lobbies that look like this.

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What has come as a surprise to me is the items that have shown up for sale in hotel lobbies like those pictured above on several of my recent hotel stays.

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