It’s always amazing when you get to leave Britain behind and head off to an exotic country with an exotic climate – but there are just a few frustrating things that really grate on me a
It’s always amazing when you get to leave Britain behind and head off to an exotic country with an exotic climate – but there are just a few frustrating things that really grate on me about hotels. Here are my top five…
I don’t know what it is, but every single American I have encountered on holiday can’t seem to keep quiet. I was in the Dominican Republic earlier this year and no matter where I was in the hotel, one American would flamboyantly shout around to another over something miniscule, and they would literally be standing 5 feet apart. It can be quite entertaining listening to their opinions at times. After hearing, “Oh I couldn’t control my moans it was that good!” about a massage, it made up my mind to have one. But seriously, you don’t constantly want hear “MOM HAVE YOU GOT MY GOGGLES?” when you’re trying to sleep in the sun.
I’m all for housekeeping restocking my minibar, however when I’m in bed it is annoying having to get up and attempt to speak Spanish in my pyjamas. They’ll either go away and forget to come back, or come in and leave me standing around. It’s even worse when they are still cleaning the room when you come in to get ready for the night. Don’t you hate that? The numerous times that has happened to me, I’ve had to walk back down the stairs that I’ve just walked up, and pathetically try to judge when to go back.
Swimming into a fly or some sort of insect is horrific. Especially if that insect is a wasp, because I never know if it will still sting. In fact, a dirty pool is enough to make me leave the water and sweat it out on a sun lounger. Spilling warm beer, or even worse, a creamy cocktail, into the pool isn’t nice. You simply don’t want to see leaves, insects, or empty cups float by whilst you’re trying to perfect your breaststroke.
Ok, I like the occasional foreign channel broadcasting old Chinese women taking part and winning hot-dog eating competitions, however when I couldn’t find the opening ceremony of the Olympics anywhere, it was annoying. Eventually I stumbled across a channel that broadcast it, and even though the whole of it was in Spanish, I was glad and relieved that I was able to watch it. The TV’s in hotels broadcast about 20 channels, and 5 of them are useless radio stations – I would definitely prefer it if they had Sky!
I’m not one of those people that need Internet access 24/7. However, on the odd chance that there is nothing to watch on TV, I’ll turn to the Internet to see what’s going on back home. I hate it when hotels have “free WIFI” in only the lobby – I’m hardly going to want to walk anywhere just to have a browse, I’m not that desperate! Not to mention the fact you look a little silly. There’ll be a couple of business-type people pretending to be important. The other option is to pay extortionate prices, and it’s not worth it, not even for Facebook. For me, that’s not what a “holiday” is about.
So they are my top five pet peeves about hotels. If you’re a sun lover, like me, most of these should be pushed to the back of your mind – after all, focussing on the tan is top priority! If you’re not a sun lover and prefer to be in a cool climate, that’s too bad. Americans will follow you everywhere.