what do you like about hotels?

@secretbear (19464)
Philippines
August 30, 2008 12:25am CST
as some of you may have know, i attended a training from Tuesday to Friday. thank you to those who responded to my discussion about it! ^__^ i have attended trainings and seminars at different hotels before but the hotels were usually low class and the food weren't good. so i was really surprised to find out that the hotel venue of our training was a first class hotel - airconditioned rooms, clean bathrooms with bathtubs (!), complete toiletries (towels, soaps, shampoos, tissues, etcetera), a tv with cable connection, free wifi connection (!), a jacuzzi at the roof top, good food, and a lot of other nice things. i was surprised because the training organizer was a government agency and government agencies are known for having limited budget and they are not an exemption to that. the only idea i have is they probably put the training on top of their priority so it would receive a big budget. but anyway, i really don't care where they get the money. what mattered was i enjoyed every minute of my stay there. i love the bed, the tv, the lamp shade, the towels, the mirror, the aircon, the bath tub! the food. i was just disappointed that i wasn't able to use their jacuzzi. so what do you love about hotels?
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
31 Aug 08
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What do I love about hotels? Well, I like it just being in one. I have stayed in a couple due to relatives coming by the country and they insist that we stay with them in the hotel. Though it would be more economical if they would rather stay at our place, our house being small, hot and far from their other priorities makes it inconvenient. Most of the things I like at hotels would just be the air conditioning, be it just watching cable channels, which we no longer have at home, at the living room or at the bed room. But before that, when those relatives of ours came by with the same priorities, they rented something called a 'penthouse' and I believe that I can stay there longer than to go out and do anything.. Didn't like watching television anyway, just being there felt good enough for me. Really like roaming within hotels and just walk by the lobby, pass by the front desk and see different clocks depicting different times, go by swimming pools.. I even recall a mini golf course but no one was playing that time. The staff would often greet you in english but, of course, I'd return their greeting in filipino which they often smile in recognition.. either I spoke it funny or I really didn't think of them as just employees in the hotel.. I know being in a hotel needs money and I'm kind'a grateful as well as awkward for relatives who would not only come back here to our country to pay a visit but, also provide accommodations so that we would all be together for even a limited amount of time. We cousins would be cousins and our parents would catch up on being siblings. Hotels that not only make me feel nice but, where we relatives can be.. of course, I wouldn't mind if they went here at our place and stayed under our scorching roof, limited space.. making a meal would be wonderful I think.. of course, they're suppose to be coming back for vacation and no other pending engagements.. 'why not us go to their place?' I would often wonder..
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
wow. you have rich relatives that can afford expensive hotels and penthouses?? you're lucky ratyz! i have never been in a penthouse and i would surely enjoy if i had the chance. next time your relatives come over and decide to stay in a hotel or penthouse, sama naman!
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
Afford to use for a period of time.. not really afford as in, buy and own so that they'll have something to stay at every time they come to visit.. would be nice for them if they didn't have to make reservations if they already have something like that.. Luck can be looked at different ways, you see me lucky to have rich relatives? I wish we were all rich. Behind being happy and all, a tinge of envy and self disappointment comes every now and then.. always at hotels since our home isn't that accommodating for what they are use to in their own homes abroad. Well, if you really want to come along, I really have nothing against that but, you should really come up with something impressive that could really be an exemption to this family bonding that the one calling the shots (relatives paying for everything) could consider.. (-_-")
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
oh yeah. it can really cause envy and jealousy. we have relatives doing fine in the US and sometimes i get envious of them but i don't think much about it. they have something i don't have but i'm sure i have something they don't have. its normal to be envious as long as you don't think too much of it. ^__~ oh, i wouldn't want to impress anyone just so they can take me along in a hotel or somewhere grand. i can get there myself.
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• United States
31 Aug 08
The towels and the jacuzzi.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
thanks for the response rogue.
• China
31 Aug 08
i want to stay in hotels sometimes when i get hurt. and that;s the place that nobody can find me till i get myself back again.usually i don't like hotels.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
aw. yeah. hotels are good hiding places.
@jane117 (35)
• United States
30 Aug 08
umm what do i love about hotels ... probably room service and not having to organize the room lol
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
thanks for the response jane. it is indeed nice to live in a place where you don't have to do the household chores.
@insulin (2483)
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
Well the best thing I love in the hotel well of course I want to be in the floor where I can view the sunset or sunrise in the window because that is really sweet to sea and yeah the place and feeling of being comfortable and relax and yeah the place just really different in the normal house I just love staying hotels.:-0 GOd bless and have a nice day
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
you are right. a great view is another attraction for those who would stay in the hotel. back at the hotel, it didn't have any scenic view because it was situated inside the city. so i can only see buildings, cars and houses everywhere. but its nice to see the lights at night.
@razor123 (979)
• India
30 Aug 08
I love the food at hotels and the hospitality too. You got all the following air conditioned rooms, clean bathrooms with bathtubs, complete toiletries (towels, soaps, shampoos, tissues, etc), a TV with cable connection, free Wifi connection, a jacuzzi at the roof top, good food.... all this just at your training My goodness all i could say is that your one very lucky chap to get all such first class things. Simply Awesome man!!!
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
yup. i was really lucky to attend that training. good thing my boss allowed me to go.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Thing is having all those extras is nice...if you want or need them. I go to a hotel and the last thing I want to do is internet or watch tv or all athose things I do at home! HOwever, I have to pay for them whether I use them or not. My husband is currently superintendent for a company that is building a huge casino/spa/resort in Las Vegas - they have 13 bodies of water withing 52 floors. Yes, inside pools and spas. One is on the roof of one of the towers and is literally set like a beach - palm trees, and sand - the works. That is nice. Like going to the beach in the middle of the desert, but fancy bathrooms, gold plated this and that...no, I'd rather have regular stuff and a lower price so I can afford to do things, which is the reason I am there.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
wow. that really seem like a very classy spa/resort. it would be really expensive to stay even just for a day there. i think i would also prefer affordable hotels too. ^__^;; back in the hotel there was a wifi service and connection is free. only i didn't have any laptop with me so i wasn't able to use that service.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
6 Sep 08
Yeah, quite expensive. that is why Las Vegas is having such money problems now - visitors can't afford those high costs, but the hotels have to charge it to cover their expenses. So Visitors go for the day or the hotels like Motel 6 and Days Inn are constantly booked for months! Does anyone see the handwritting on the wall here, big contractors????
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
they shouldn't have built hotels that are not affordable for tourists and visitors. but maybe their target customers are only those very rich? those that can afford to spend a lot of money in the casinos.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
30 Aug 08
So, u are back from the luxurious training huh?? lol =D U mean during that period of time,all of u have been staying in that hotel?? If it's so, den your company is so good to u this time round.. lol =D A 1st class hotel, but what training and seminar did u go for?? hehe =D A hotel is just like a residential home, except that it's more expensive but also much more comfortable.. lol =D BUt how come u din get to use the jacuzzi at all?? hehe =D How about the swimming pool?? haha
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
it was a training on news, feature and editorial writing. i didn't want to attend that training at first actually. i thought it would be boring. but i enjoyed it after all so i was thankful i went. i wasn't able to use the jacuzzi because there wasn't anyone who would go with me. they were busy at nights doing our assignments. ^__^;; we were there three nights and four days. the first night, i didn't know there was a jacuzzi. we all didn't know. second night, no one would go with me because they were all worried about the assignments and of course, i couldn't go with the guys. final night i was out with friends doing karaoke and drinking. oh, and there was no swimming pool. only bath tubs for each room.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
6 Sep 08
Hotels without swimming pool but with a jacuzzi?? hehe ^_^ Well, u can go with the guys if they want to.. haha =D At least, u wear your clothes into the jacuzzi.. lol ^_^ Yeah, luckily u went for the training, if not, u will miss out on alot of fun and enjoyment which only comes once in a blue moon ^_^ haha
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
yeah. i'm thankful i attended that training. i really had a good time. and i was able to meet friends that were staying near the training venue.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
30 Aug 08
Hong Kong Disney Hotel - HongKong Disney hotel
Great to hear that you enjoyed your trip and your hotel stay. One of the best hotels I've stayed in is Disney Hotel in Hong Kong Disneyland. The room was full of Mickey Mouse and other characters. The bed is soft and the bathroom is big. When I was in Japan a few years ago, I stayed in a Hotel in Osaka and in a Minshuku (Japanese House) in Tokyo. Hotel stays in Japan are really expensive so we decide to choose one which is affordable. The hotel in Osaka is very small (2 star or 3 star hotel). The bathroom can at most fit in 2 girls or 1 guy. My stay in Minshuku was very good. The futon I slept on was very comfortable. 5 of us stay in the same room.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
hi poohgal! wow. you have been in Japan already??? i envy you!!! i wish i can go to Japan too in the future! i wish i can earn enough money and go there before i grow old. ^__^;; and i wouldn't mind if the Minshuku is small and only a two-star or three-star. as long as i'm in Japan i'm already okay with that!
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
6 Sep 08
I'm sure you will have your dream come true soon. I wish to go back to Japan soon too.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
thanks poohgal. i hope that dream can come true soon.
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I just like going somewhere different for a while. It is a nice change of pace. After 2 or 3 days, then I am ready to be back home in my own bed, near my own closet, with my own food in the fridge, you know, but it is fun to go somewhere from time to time and see different things. Sometimes if it is a nice hotel, we get ideas for ways to fix up our own place, too.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
hi drannhh! yeah. the interior designs at hotels can give us ideas on how to arrange our own home. but i think only the interior designs at the lobby or anywhere outside the rooms. because the rooms are always the same among hotels right?
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
6 Sep 08
Once in a while there is something special in a hotel room, sometimes in the bathroom! The one we stayed at most recently had an interesting shower curtain :-)
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
oh i agree. there'd always be something especial. and its always tempting to take them home.
@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
7 Sep 08
Oh, I've had my share of hotel experiences. We have this annual national congress and convention for an organization that is related to our course, and I've attended thrice, and once for an area assembly (schools in Visayas-Mindanao). I love the hotels! I've been to a total of two hotels, and one resort. As for the hotel in the resort, I couldn't quite remember the rooms. hehe But I loved the open field outside, and the beach! As for the other two hotels, the first one had transparent elevator shafts. hehe. Sounds normal right? You can find that in malls, but I'm scared of elevators, and would probably just took the stairs if only we weren't on the fifth floor. The feature of the other hotel, the first time we've been there, we were on the 2nd floor and we had a balcony, I enjoyed it very much. I also enjoyed the long hallway with carpeted floor because my friend and I run there (hey, it was a very long hallway and we're at the end). The carpet muffled our steps and was actually very comfortable to run on. hehe. The second time we've been there, we were on the first floor and at the beginning of the hall so no fun for me. hehehe. But the hotel is Spanish-Mediterranean inspired, very beautiful, so I'm in awe everytime. All in all, the common features I enjoy in every hotel are the lamps (in the rooms and in the hallways), the large mirror, the free toiletries and fluffy towels, the bathtubs, the service (you leave the room messy, you return and they're clean!), the aircondition, and the food, of course.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
wow. that hotel seemed very nice. and to run on a carpeted floor! that sure is fun! you could jump and jump and run but you wouldn't disturb anyone. it sure is a nice place to play tag. LOL the thing i enjoy in elevators are the mirror walls. when i'm inside i wouldn't have to take out my compact to retouch. i would just have to look at the walls and voila! i can fix myself. although i can only do that if i am alone or if i'm with friends.
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@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
True, very advantageous if you have the elevator all to your self. But I hate the mirrored walls in an elevator when it's full, because I don't know where to look, and sometimes I meet some of their gazes. Awkward! Anyway, thanks for the br!
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
31 Aug 08
Hello there secretbear. I like hotels with a very nice ambiance, especially those that are equipped with lots of awesome facilities and nice services and staff in general. I've been to hotels in Bali, and most of them are awesome looking, with a nice breath of fresh air throughout. I love jacuzzi as well and the most important thing would be room service with an awesome twist. I wonder what that is like.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
hi zed! i hope in the future i'd be able to stay in a hotel in Bali too!
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
7 Sep 08
Hope it becomes true for you one day yeah...
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
30 Aug 08
wow,even i too love hotels.i just have to laze around while work is done by someone else and the part which i love the most is i do not have to do cooking.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
i am not good with cooking too and i'm too lazy to do it so that's another reason why its nice to stay at hotels. and i'm good in eating.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
6 Sep 08
wow!!birds of same feather!!i too love eating.
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@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
So its nice to hear that. I also attended a live out seminar for two days in a nearby hotel. I like also attending live seminars in hotels all free, and at last you dont think other things to do. Its good also that because of the nature of our jo we can get discounts from hotels.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
yeah. i think government offices can get big discounts from hotels. its really nice to stay at hotels especially if you are paying less and most especially if you are staying for free.
• Philippines
7 Sep 08
Yes, but staying free without consession, I knew you know what I mean. Nice staying in hotels. Thanks again.
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@venshida (4837)
• United States
20 Sep 08
When I stay at a hotel, I hope its highly rated. Quality is foremost in my mind, it has to be clean. It has to look good. I want to feel like I am escaping my regular day to day life, and this place is a retreat. I want excellent customer service at the front desk. I like when I go to a hotel,and it meets my standard. I stayed in a couple that was horrible towel, rack loose stain on the carpet not smelling fresh so now I check my triple AAA book to see how they are rated and then I make my reservation.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
25 Sep 08
its always relaxing to stay at high quality hotels and feel like rich and all that. ^__~
• Philippines
20 Sep 08
Oh, i love your story, talking about privilege here. The last time I was in the hotel was when my cousin got married. We were in this hotel in Quezon City, i forgot the name.It is not a high class hotel but it is beautiful but small. We don't have jacuzzi there, but we have bath tub and cable television. There are pools outside and there are many cute guys..(uy cute guys!!). I got jealous with your experience but I am so happy that you experience that kind of reservation. Yes, we know the government has always the limited budget agenda, but that is because the interest of the budget are inside their pocket, shame on them. What is your work, may I ask?
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
25 Sep 08
hi grecy! i work as an information assistant. but most of my work involves clerical stuffs. ^__^ LOL i would love any place with a lot of cute guys to ogle at.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
16 Sep 08
i like hotels for the free breakfast but dont like stay longer there too boring.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
25 Sep 08
yeah! that's one to love too in hotels.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I am not too big on hotel stays. I think it is just that I have trouble sleeping away from home. But I do enjoy not having to make the bed. Or clean the room if I will be there more than overnight.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
25 Sep 08
its really fun to live without having to clean your own mess.
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
7 Sep 08
Hello secretbear, It makes me feel like at home. And you know what? The most that I like is the toiletries. I always end up bringing them home as I always bring my own toiletries. Oh, yes! I also take the pen that the hotel provides in each room. I just want it for my own collection as they always have their hotel's name crafted on the pen Most of the hotels that I have been staying before serve nice and delicious food. I like the buffet. But after a few days staying in a hotel, I will yearn to go homeMy home is the most comfort place!
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
hi gr8life! i would have taken home pens too! but i haven't been in a hotel where there's a pen provided in the room so i haven't taken home one yet. but during the training, there were hotel papers provided in the conference room and i took them home instead of using them for the training. ^__^;; my mother took home a pad of small hotel papers and a few pages of large hotel papers when she stayed in a hotel in Vietnam.
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• Canada
6 Sep 08
I can't remember the last time I stayed in a hotel , I am sure I did as a child but can't really remember if I did or not , but have always thought it would be nice to do this with the children , just as a getaway from home . I have never been in a jacuzzi let alone see one up close so that would be really something for us . The whole setting of a hotel is just so cozy and I think this would be one of the things I would like . Like home away from home , without having to worry about cleaning up , cooking meals or wasting the power lol .
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
yeah! we wouldn't worry about wasting power. we can leave the tv on night and day and we wouldn't have to worry about the waste in electricity. ^__~