How To: Make Your Hotel Room More Inviting

How To: Make Your Hotel Room More Inviting

Abby Stone
Aug 25, 2008

atla-082508-hotel01.jpgLast week, Adrienne blogged the germiest items in a hotel room. Now that you know what they are, here's how to address the problem as well as tips to make your temporary home more homey...

  • Book the largest room you can afford, especially if you're staying for more than one night and ask for a room far from a stairwell or elevator. It'll be quieter.
  • Change the bedspread and ask for a new clean blanket.
  • Use disinfecting wipes to clean those surfaces Adrienne listed.
  • Wear flip flops in the shower to prevent athlete's foot.
  • Hang up your clothes or put them away in the drawers. It's not fun or relaxing to live out of your suitcase.
  • Fabric softener sheets can add a "homey" feel to your hotel room--tuck them in pillowcases and sheets, add them to a drawer, put one in the closet. We like the lavender ones from Mrs. Meyers and lavender bags from Trader Joe's.
  • Magazine scent strips can fragrance your luggage and your hotel room.
  • Many companies make small travel candles in tin containers. Be sure to extinguish them before you leave your room. Incense, diffusers are room sprays are other ways to add a pleasing and familiar scent to unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Consider switching out the lightbulbs for something warmer and more flattering.
  • Pass up hotel toiletries in favour of your own. If you don't bring some from home (airline restrictions can make this a challenge), purchase something at the local drugstore. Especially if you're in a foreign country, it's a fun introduction to the local scene.
  • Bring small frame photos of friends, family or favorite places. Display them near your bed.
  • Fresh flowers or a small plant are a quick and inexpensive way to personalize your room.

[Image: Amishah's Flickr, with a Creative Commons License]

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