places/travel 30 Hotel Secrets the Front Desk Doesn't Want You to Know  

Jessica Lawshe
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It's fun to plan a vacation. Where will you go? What will you see? And most importantly: Where will you stay? Chances are you've stayed in numerous hotels or motels. Maybe even a bed and breakfast or a 5-star hotel or resort. Regardless of how nice the place you're staying is (or isn't), chances are you've wondered, "hmmm… what goes on behind the scenes here?" or "what hotel secrets are they not telling me this time?" You've definitely had second thoughts regarding exactly how clean the sheets are and anyone who's a fan of undercover reports knows that some hotels, or rather most hotels, are not as clean as you think.

This list of hospitality secrets covers some of the "well-known" secrets you might have heard before, some you would never ever think of, and most likely some hotel confessions from former employees that you will never ever forget. It might completely change the way you travel including how you book your vacation, and what you drink from the minibar.

Bottom line, and the most important tip to take away from this: be nice to the hotel staff. That means everyone: front desk, concierge, bell-hop, valet, and definitely the cleaning staff. You don’t want to experience some of the things they could do (or have done) to you. Also, a tip goes a long way!

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It's Awkward When You Stay in the Room During Cleaning


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You can agree it's awkward when you stay in the room during cleaning time. And chances are your cleaning staff feels the exact same way. 

Source: Budget Travel
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Be Nice to the Staff


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The hotel staff can do a lot for you in the way of free stuff and upgrades.They aren't required to do these things, but they are completely able to. You just have to be nice! Show them some love and they'll show it right back. Oh, and a tip goes a long way!

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Luxury Hotels Actually Clean the Sheets


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You might consider upgrading where you stay. A maid confessed that at the budget hotel she worked at they rarely changed the pillows and bedding after each check out. But at the luxury hotel she works at now they are much better about replacing everything after guests leave. 

Source: News.com
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Use That Plastic Bag Provided for the Ice Bucket


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Definitely make sure you use the plastic bag the hotel gives you for the ice bucket. When people can't get to the toilet they often reach for the ice bucket to vomit into. 

Source: Hotel-Online