And BOOM, another month is done! Hello, November! Here are our most popular posts for October 2019. Some of them were actually written before October (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older ones are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:
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…
If you’ve ever stayed at a hotel where the thermostat was controlled by a motion sensor, you know the unpleasant feeling of walking into a hot room when all you want to do is sit down and relax after a long day. If you’re like me, you’d think the reason for these devices besides making our lives miserable is to save the hotel money. If they don’t have to run the air conditioning unit to cool the room all day, that’s reducing the electric cost and increasing the profit for the hotel.
Not so, says a blog post by Lodging Technology. Motion-sensing thermostats actually increase the comfort of the room by controlling humidity levels, so turning off the AC during the day is a good thing. Coming as no surprise to me, Lodging Technology is a company that manufacturers the thermostats along with other technology products for hotels, so reading their spin about why these products are beneficial was eye-opening.
One of the most popular posts I’ve ever written for Your Mileage May Vary has been How To Override Hotel Thermostat Settings. Briefly, hotels with digital thermostats are sometimes able to set them so they don’t go above or below a certain temperature. So you may want your room to be 68 degrees at night, and you may set it to that, but the temperature of the room won’t actually go below 73 (or whatever the hotel has set it to). This saves the hotel money via a lower electric bill, but makes for a whole lot of sweaty (or freezing, in the cold months) guests. The post I mentioned above tells you how to override the settings for a dozen or so popular brands of thermostats.
Unfortunately, there are a whole lot of thermostat makes/models that are missing from the post above. It’s not my fault – the hacks just aren’t out there (or at least weren’t attainable when I was originally researching for that post). Or some hotels may purposely set their thermostats up so they can’t be accessed so easily.
Here are some ways, albeit some unconventional ones, to get around all that.
There’s a feeling when you step foot into a a hotel room for the first time. It’s like a reveal on one of those shows on HGTV; who knows what’s behind the door? Is it an amazingly nice room or is it a dingy space with a garbage bin from the hotel down the block? (we actually had this happen to us in a London hotel).
What’s even worse is when you walk into a hotel room and the climate control just isn’t right. Sure, there are some hotels that set the thermostat too high when no one’s in the room but that’ll eventually be resolved. The absolute worst is when you walk into a room that’s cool but just feels damp…
Or should I say, MOIST
Personally, I have no problems with the word although I know there are a whole bunch of people who hate it with a passion. While I don’t hate the word, I do hate a moist room. (Ewwwwww)