Staying in hotels while traveling can feel like the ultimate luxury, but before you do, there are a lot of things you should know. Now, this list isn't intended to scare you or turn you off from that posh king suite in your favorite getaway location, but it is going to be eye-opening.
When you think about it, it's amazing that hotels maintain any modicum of cleanliness at all, given the fact that hundreds of people pass through them every day. Hardworking staff members do their best to keep each room up to snuff, but with that kind of volume, things sometimes go unnoticed (and more disturbingly, uncleaned).
Below are some tidbits of information that can help you protect yourself during your next hotel stay. All told, there's no reason to be afraid to stay in a hotel — but you should definitely be aware. #13 is really surprising.
#1. One study showed that the television remotes and bedside lamp switches are the least cleaned — but they're also the most touched places in the room. In other words, it might be a good idea to bring some hand sanitizer if you plan to watch TV.
#2. Fox News reveals that many hotel maids do not wash the bathroom glasses out with soap before the next guests arrives. Try to use bottled water, or ask the hotel clerk for plastic cups to be safe.
#3. White duvet covers at hotels are only washed when there are obvious stains. In other words, there are a lot of hidden stains that go unchecked. Yikes.
#4. Just because a hotel lists something as "free" doesn't mean you can take it with you. Before heading out with that pair of fuzzy slippers, make sure the hotel really is providing the complimentary service.
#5. A study done at New York University's hospitality school found that "restocking fees" from the minibar costs an "extra two per cent in revenue and most of that money is pure profit for the hotel." In other words, it might be a good idea to stay away from the hotel fridge completely.