Question of the Day - Hotel bedding, fuzzy or crisp?
I have been staying in hotel rooms since I was a teenager and I have found there are predominantly two types of bedding - fuzzy and crisp.
Fuzzy bedding is, as the name implies, fuzzy. It looks scratchy, usually in beige or brown colours and, in colder climates, gives you the feeling of warmth and security. It is more commonly found in Bed and Breakfasts and lower budget motels that don't have full time housekeeping services. Many phrases that would be associated with it include being at home or visiting grandma's house.
Crisp bedding, as the name sounds, is clean, sharp, it reminds you of every hotel room you see in advertising. In warmer climates it can make you feel cooler just by its precision, in cold climates it provides warmth through layering. If you pay $100 or more a night for a hotel room you usually expect it to have 'crisp' bedding. It is measured by its' quality, the thread count, the higher the number the finer the quality. Phrases associated with it include quality, prestige, style and professional.
I have stayed in rooms ranging from $25 to $200 a night in everywhere from small towns to major metropolitan centres and I have to say that, personally, I prefer crisp bedding. It is quite simple really, vanity. I feel when I stay in a hotel it should feel like the $100 a night I'm paying for the room. If I wanted to sleep in grandma's house I'd have stayed on someone's sofa.
There are several things I look for in a hotel room, and they differ from what I look for in a motel room.
1. HELLO? HELLOOOO? When I rent a hotel room I expect there to be a 24 hour reception desk. It's funny really because I rarely ever contact the front desk. I did once at a hotel in Vancouver after the couple in the unit next door got a bit rowdy and I called security. The next day I said something and they looked up the report from the night before and gave me a room on the other side of the floor. Nice! I guess I just feel safer knowing that someone is "at the gate" so to speak, a throwback to the old medieval castle times perhaps. On the other hand, when I rent a motel room I expect there to be a main office but I don't feel someone needs to be "on duty" from 10pm to 5am. I know, strange.
2. STAYING CONNECTED The one thing I expect in both hotel and motel rooms is either free wifi or free internet. I will not stay in a hotel/motel without it. Period. It is not negotiable. It is the FIRST thing I look up when I check the Hotel Information and if it is not listed then I go on to the next choice. Sorry but this is the 21st century - get with it if you want my money.
3. WIPING UP THE COMPETITION In a hotel it should, of course, come with clean towels and spares so I never have to "ask" for them while I'm staying there. Oh, and I believe in using the same towels over so I especially like the hotels that encourage you to re-hang towels you plan to use again (to conserve water). If there is enough towels and such in the room then I usually put up the DO NOT DISTURB sign and sleep in. I know that housekeeping comes with the rate but I'll take over waking up and not having to get up over a little triangle pattern on my toilet paper roll each day.
4. EVERYBODY’S FREE TO FEEL… CLEAN I want my free bottle of soap and my free hand soap. I'm paying $100 a night for the room I think they can spare $1 for all those little sample size soaps and such. I expect those in a hotel room but not in a motel room. I'm not actually sure why. I guess in a motel room I'm likely to be paying a lot lower rate per night so I expect less amenities to be included in the price.
5. 257 CHANNELS AND NOTHING ON I prefer, in both hotels and motels that I can lay on one bed or the other and be aligned with the TV, or be able to turn the TV so I'm looking straight at it. I understand the idea of placing the TV between the two beds but then neither gets a decent view of it. Oh, did I mention, when I rent a hotel or motel room it includes two Queen beds. It frustrates me when a TV is bolted, fixed in one position to the wall. I mean, if you are that concerned someone is going to steal it at least cough up a few more bucks for the adjustable mounting harness so us honest people can at least watch it. I have to laugh when I read about people who complain how small a hotel room is and they rented the one with a single King bed in it. You can't have it both ways folks, either you want a big bed or you want room to move around. I prefer the latter myself but then I'm also sleeping alone.
6. NOT UNTIL I’VE HAD MY COFFEE I like a room that has a coffee maker. I'm not a social person before I have my morning coffee and I could care less about continental breakfasts. I know, it falls under the free soap rule that hey if the hotel is $100 a night then I should take advantage of the $2 croissants but I don't. If I am in the hotel to "get away from it all" I'm more likely to make a cup of coffee (in my room) slip the DO NOT DISTURB sign on my door and hide out watching "Pawn Stars", "Storage Wars" and "Border Security" all day long. I despise that VanHouten coffee though, it's probably some of the worst coffee I've had in my life and if the hotel has it in my room I will go out and get a Timmies instead.
7. ROOMS WITH A VIEW I like a room with some sort of view, which is probably why I rarely stay in motels. In a hotel it doesn't matter if the view is a field of parking lots or a barren field I like to have something to look out at. I particularly like a room that faces the sunrise. I have no idea why (you'd think after years I would figure all of this out but I haven't). I actually do not like sunrises, when I am outside. I am now and always have been a fan of sunsets, it's probably one of the things that drew me to live in Kincardine (it's million dollar sunsets over Lake Huron). The weirdness comes with hotel rooms. I don't know why but for some reason I suddenly love watching the sunrise from a hotel room window. I think it might be the fresh feeling that comes from watching a city come to life in the morning. It's quiet, then the light of dawn begins to appear. The lights of the city flick off and the traffic slowly begins to build on the streets. It's the world waking up, but it's also soundproofed - the difference between being in a hotel room and being out on the street first thing in the morning.
8. FOOD LAND NEARBY It's nice if the hotel has a restaurant attached. I think about twenty-five percent of the hotels I've stayed in over the years had restaurants. If I am in a city I don't know it's nice to have a restaurant at "home base" so I can do my business or whatever and come back to a meal. If I'm somewhere like Red Deer, a city I'm very familiar with, then I will usually revert to what I know. I will seek out a meal at Parkland Mall, or one of the restaurants near the west side or one or two in particular downtown. A hotel does not need to have a restaurant for me to want to stay there. I do prefer, however, that it is near to restaurants or a mall. I frequently stay at a hotel on Gasoline Alley in Red Deer. It is close to Timmies, various fast food restaurants, Costco and a Cinema.
9. GOING UP? It doesn't matter how many floors the hotel has I don't want to be on the ground. I don't have a fear of fire or anything that discourages me from being on the higher floors - in fact, with me, the higher the better. I do not like hearing car doors slamming all day or looking out the window and see someone in their car staring at me. The highest floor I think I was ever on was in the thirties, the lowest was the second floor.
10. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Who uses a phone in the hotel anymore? Oh I'm sure there are still people that use it to make calls but most people, who can afford a hotel room, have a cellphone.
11. BARTENDER… NOT TONIGHT No interest at all in a bar or club especially attached to the hotel. The last thing I want is some drunk pissing on my truck or partying until 3 in the morning. I can't remember the last time I went to a hotel bar... oh wait, yes I can. It was in Winnipeg at a hotel near the airport. I remember because I asked for a Rye and Coke and she looked at me like I'd be disappointed "Sorry, all we have is Crown, is that ok?" Umm hell yeah!
12. ROOM SERVICE? I don't need room service but I do want Room Delivery. I don't care how good the Sandwich is from the hotel restaurant it's not worth $15. I'll spring $30 for a pizza though and I definitely have to get it delivered to my room. Interesting to note it was cheaper to order a 14" Hawaiian pizza with a 2Litre Pepsi in Calgary than it was in Red Deer. I noticed too that the nicer hotels will offer a WHAT TO DO booklet in the room that lists attractions, churches, and events in the region. I rarely read it but it's nice to see them offer it to guests to make them feel welcome and want to get out and about in the community they are visiting.
13. PARKING That's just a standard, the hotel or motel must have parking attached to the hotel or motel. Probably the worst hotel I stayed at was in the U.S. It was a very snowy day and the parking was a single strip running along the back of the building. You had to drive up a steep driveway along the side then negotiate through the piles of snow to get in and out of the spaces. I was not overly impressed but with a heavy snowfall coming down I didn't have any choice but to bed down for the night and wait out the worst of the storm. I like hotels that offer a plug in for the winter months but I don't think I've ever used one yet, it's still nice to have the option though.
Well I think I’ve gone on long enough with this one. Night.
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