Doing hotel staycations can be unsatisfactory at times, whether it’s a 3-star or 5-star hotel. It’s either you don’t get the luxury that you wish to have, or everything is too luxurious that your wallet would suffer afterward. Two extremes, no in-betweens. Well, there are always hotel hacks to save your day.
May it be a missing amenities your wish to have or the lackluster comfort for a perfect stay, these 14 hotel tips and tricks might just make your hotel staycation a lot better.
Close that annoying gap in your blackout curtains
Oh, yes. Blackout curtains. They are a gift for those of us who like to sleep past the sunrise (which, isn’t that all of us?).
Use those little clips on the hangers found in the closet to secure the curtains closed. Sleep well!
Get free water from the gym
Does your hotel gym offer free water from a water dispenser? Make sure you fill up your water bottle there before you leave.
You’ll save a couple of bucks by not having to purchase bottled water at your next gas station stop.
Avoid crazy mini-bar charges
Mini bars! Who doesn’t love a mini bar? Delicious treats and drinks at your fingertips! The problem is–they’re expensive.
Avoid the ungodly fees by simply replacing them from purchases at a local convenience or liquor store (so much cheaper!).
Be aware, though, lots of new hotels have pressure plates that know if you’ve taken something out of the fridge.
Hotel safety tips: Avoid yucky germs with these hotel hacks
If you’re a germaphobe, the last thing you want to do is touch a remote control that’s been touched by who-knows-how-many people.
Keep your hands germ-free by wrapping the remote in the plastic ice bucket bag that the hotel or motel has provided you.
Block noise and light with a towel
Is there hallway light or noise creeping in from the door of your hotel room?
Block it out by placing a towel down at the opening. It might not be totally soundproof but it’s definitely a massive help to have a relaxing and peaceful hotel staycation.
Hotel cooking hacks: Cook ramen noodles
Life on the road means grabbing food that is easy and convenient. Whip up some ramen noodles by using hot water from a coffee machine. Those little pots will create the perfect amount of water you’ll need.
Try the hair dryer
Wrinkled clothes? One of your bathroom amenities can do the trick for you.
If you don’t have time to wait for your shirt to steam, ‘iron’ your shirt with the hotel hair dryer. Just put it on medium heat, and rub it up and down your item of clothing fairly closely. The wrinkles should fall right out.
Use a shower cap to save leftovers
Don’t toss out that room service just because you couldn’t finish it. Slip a shower cap over the plate and place it in the mini-fridge so you can eat the leftovers later.
Make a facial treatment with sugar packets
If you’re looking for some beauty hotel tips and tricks, you might want to try this one if you forgot your facial scrub.
Hotel rooms usually have sugar packets next to the coffee supplies. Give yourself a DIY spa treatment by using the sugar and some lotion as a facial scrub and exfoliant. Your skin will feel so incredibly soft without having to spend a fortune.
Take the toiletries
Those tiny little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, mouthwash, and other bathroom amenities were put out for your use!
Even if you don’t use all of them, be sure to take them anyway. They’re the perfect size for plane travel, camping, or having hand lotion in your purse. You could even donate them!
Ask for items that you forgot
What’s given to you in your hotel room for toiletries usually aren’t the only extra supplies they have on hand for your use.
Oftentimes they’ll have sewing kits, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and more. You just have to ask!
Offer them a review
When you’re checking in, ask if they’re on TripAdvisor and that you’d love to leave them a raving review. Sometimes, they’ll provide you with an upgrade, free breakfast, or other perks perfect for your hotel staycation!
Ask for dishware
If you brought snacks or takeout into your hotel room, call the front desk and ask them for plates and dishware. They’ll often grab some from their restaurant and deliver them to your room.
Take note of these hotel hacks on your next vacation, and you’ll find how much comfort they will bring to your stay. You’re sure to have a relaxing hotel trip with these tips.