Hotel Travel Quirks

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Hyatt Place hotels surveyed 1,000 travelers on their secret behaviors, favorite amenities, frequently forgotten items, breakfast preferences and in-room fitness or spa rituals. We love a good infographic and we love to trade travel tips, so we're taking the opportunity to share our own quirks and rituals on the road. Do you sneak in a quick workout or smuggle an extra meal from the continental breakfast? Do you roam around in the buff or jump on the beds? Let us know if you have any quirks and rituals of your own.

- Do not disturb! Chief Trip Stylist Trish rarely has her room cleaned to give housekeeping staff a break and to avoid tidying her room to have it cleaned.

- I always place my suitcase off the floor on the luggage rack, while Trish keeps her clothes and cords in small piles near her suitcase so she doesn't spread out too far and forget things when she checks out. 

- Upon arrival, after taking photos of the untouched room for Instagram and Trip Styler, of course, Trish checks for bedbugs behind the mattress. She does this no matter where she stays because creatures don't discriminate between 1 and 5 stars.

- The survey showed that 1 in 5 adults conduct work calls in the nude or in their underwear, with males more likely than females to take business calls in their birthday suits. 

- Trish embraces both jungle and arctic temperatures; she cranks the heat during the day, but sets the A/C between 68 and 70 at night.

- In a recent interview for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Dame Judy Dench revealed that she travels with a bath plug since an extended stay at a New York hotel when she couldn't figure out how to operate the bath.

- It's not surprising that free WiFi is the most-desired amenity for travelers. It's almost always free at 3-star business hotels and boutique hotels geared at the social media set. To score free WiFi at major brand, high-end hotels, look into joining their rewards programs, like the Fairmont President's Club or Starwood Preferred Guest program.

- Most hotels don't offer toiletries worth taking home, but W hotels offer Bliss foaming face wash plus lemon and sage hair and body products, Ace Hotels provide Malin+Goetz and Rudy's Barbershop products and Faimont properties supply Le Labo. Stock up on soap!

Trish is a crazed fan of in-room Nespresso. Is there anything better than arpeggio roast in the morning? Speaking of European-style perks, seek out and take advantage of hotels with complimentary happy hours for a pre-dinner tipple. 

- An amenity missing from this survey is reasonably-priced parking in urban areas. Check Trip Advisor and Yelp for nearby parking deals when hotel parking is too pricey, or price out the potential benefit of a hotel just outside town with free hotel parking plus daily downtown parking.


- I'm guilty of often omitting pajamas and leaving behind phone cords. But the good news is that hotels often have a drawer FULL of iPhone cords, so it pays to be nice at check-in in case you need to borrow a cord or two. And you can always go without pajamas...

- Most hotels, like most airlines on long-haul flights, provide free amenities like toothbrushes and razors at the front desk. 

- Mr. Trip Styler exercises in his underwear to avoid sweating through his clothes. I assume he's planking and crunching in his room, not the gym...

- Unless she's in Nairobi, Trish likes to start her day with a run to get to know the area. If she's staying at a Fairmont, she takes advantage of their Fairmont Fit program, which provides workout wear to President's Club members. For more healthy travel tips, check out our Healthy on the Road archives.

- I pack sheet-style or sample-size hydrating masks and apply them the night I arrive at my destination. Drop by the local Sephora or department store for a mask sample if you forgot to pack your own.

- When the hotel coffee isn't of the locally roasted variety, Trish and Mr. Trip Styler seek out the coolest nearby coffee shop for their caffeine hits. Their staff are often a valuable resource for restaurant suggestions and local happenings.

- Many hotels offer complimentary fresh fruit in the lobby or the breakfast bar. I always grab a couple extra punches of Vitamin C for the road.

- If you find yourself in Southeast Asia, the Middle East or Europe, take time to indulge in the near-heavenly breakfast options, normally included in your hotel rate.

- While traveling in Croatia, I stayed at a hotel that charged $100 more per night for double occupancy over single occupancy, for the same room type. One day, I went down to the gorgeous breakfast buffet and the next day my friend went down. We each packed a little extra in napkins for our friend. Breakfast is just not worth $100.

This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

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[infographics via hyatt place, top image of tara stiles via nypost]