Hotel Oddity

Delights, disappointments, surprises, and just plain odd discoveries in hotels around the world.

Hotel Oddity #52 — Millennium Biltmore security lapse

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I wrote about this ages ago, way back in Hotel Oddity #6, but back then the idiotic installation was in the Miami Radisson Mart…

Hotel Oddity #51. Enjoy your life!

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At the Carmos Hotel in Madeira, you are heartily encouraged to enjoy your life! Good idea! Okay, let’s start now! Enjoy your life! This…

Hotel Oddity #50. Whose clothes are in the bed?

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It’s my birthday, and we’re on the road, as usual. This time it’s an okay low-budget hotel in Anchorage. Our plan for a nice…

Hotel oddity #49 – Bedside control

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Can you read this? I love bedside controls, but this one was tricky. The buttons were small, the text tiny, icons obscure. Who designed…

Four Seasons Hotel Perfection—Hotel Oddity #47

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What has the Four Seasons Sultanahmet in Istanbul not thought of? I’ve already written about its coffee delivered with wake-up call, a practice worthy…

Wake-up call — Hotel Oddity #46

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Four Seasons wake-up call: great morning! I recently had the great fortune to stay in the Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district. The…

Bugs in Hotels — Hotel Oddity #43

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NIGHTMARES, ANYONE? These curtains look ordinary at first glance. Who scrutinizes the design on hotel room curtains? But your eyes have registered the subtle…

Hotel speak — Hotel Oddity #42

Hotel speak — Hotel Oddity #42

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Hotel speak “Welcome! We have a lovely room for you in our resort wing, overlooking the pool!” Reality: Yeah, directly opposite the looming parking…