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Hotel oddity #19

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Yeah, we know already, like “leave a message after the beep.” But this is odd… “A towel on the rack means ‘I’ll use it…

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Hotel oddity #18

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China World Hotel, Beijing— Very nice room. In an effort to think of every detail, there’s a little glass shelf installed on the bathroom…

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Cargo ship, shipping containers lost at sea, ocean freight

10,000 shipping containers lost at sea each year

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10,000 shipping containers are lost at sea each year! From my naive perspective, I’m shocked by this number. Twice, I’ve sent an entire household…

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Hotel Oddity #15

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The Wellington in Madrid is a lovely, old hotel full of charm, the official temporary residence of visiting bullfighters. Our room was large and…

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Hotel oddity #14

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Okay, this is priced in Canadian dollars, but still. $6.49 for a bottle of water? No matter how elegant it looks on the nightstand,…

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Hotel oddity #13

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Hotel hypocrisy. This is certainly not unique to the Delta hotel in Newfoundland, but that is where I was struck by the pretense and…

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Hotel Oddity #12

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Pasted onto our Reykjavik hotel bathroom tiles: Yes, we came out of the shower quite rancid-smelling—and the fragrance lasts. I imagine the locals: “You…

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Hotel Oddity #9

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I don’t think a plugged-up hotel bathtub or sink is terribly odd. The number of them we run into though, is. Why doesn’t housekeeping…

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Hotel oddity #8

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Ever stay in a hotel that tried to make you feel guilty about using the amenities? The beautiful Excel Hotel Tokyu at Tokyo’s Haneda…

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Hotel Oddity #7

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What’s that spray bottle hanging in the closet of our Tokyo hotel room? It wears a gold necklace from which its explanation dangles. “Resesh”…

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Hotel oddity #6

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See anything wrong with the chain lock on this door at Miami’s Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel? It’s mounted backwards! Upside-down. It’s useless this way…

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What are bed bugs doing in hotel rooms?

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Traumatic insemination is worth mentioning as a follow up to my post on bed bugs in hotels. Male bed bugs, ScienceNews reports, “ignore the…

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Hotel oddity #5

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The Hilton Tokyo-Bay, aka Japan’s Disneyland Hilton, was shockingly behind the times when we visited. Our paper electronic room keys had our room number…

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Hotel Oddity #4

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We checked into a hotel last month and plodded through the tedious check-in procedure in a daze. It was a Millennium Hotel, but I…

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Hotel oddity #3

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On the wall under the shower head, three feet above the floor, this pipe drained water after every shower. Not one of the nicer…

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Hotel oddity #2

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We had a large and beautiful room at the Corinthia Lisboa Hotel in Lisbon. The business hotel’s casual restaurant, Tipico, is excellent, and features…

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Hotel oddity

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To wash, but not to dream… A full-length, fully-opening glass window in the marble shower allows me an expansive view while washing. I can…

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