I recently went to another country. No, not someone who is not English, nor someone I have never been to. This is another topic of another article. I went to England, this is the first time in history, there, not with relatives or friends, but at the hotel. This hotel is located in a large city, close to the train station and main attractions, as well as beautiful and clean facilities. That being said, I did notice that it is a little different from living in a typical North American hotel.
The first is that the room really makes good use of all the space. Everything has a place where everything is in its place. They use giant frame artwork instead of headboards that double as the headboard and visual focus of the room.
Since I was moving from one voltage to another, I brought an adapter plug with me, but found that I didn't need it to charge my phone because I could simply use the wall charging station. However, to my surprise, the bathroom is only separated from the main living space of the room by a glass sliding door. It doesn't lock, it doesn't even reach the wall, so there is always a gap. In North America, we were trained to enter the bathroom, close the heavy wooden doors, lock them, and then do business. It is not like that. As one friend pointed out, there are no exhaust fans and no windows. There are two flush options in the toilet – I will leave it to you to figure out.
Then there is an organizational supply, or lack. In North American hotels, rooms and bathrooms are usually fitted with paper towels, and the other side of the pond is not. If you are traveling there, bring your own!
The biggest difference I found was that an umbrella was allocated in the closet of each room. The note above says that you are welcome to use it during your stay, but leave it in your room when you leave. I have never seen it in a North American hotel before!
This is a lovely hotel situated in a vast area of the hustle and bustle of European cities. The trip was wonderful, the beds were comfortable and the difference was small. Even the staff did their best to help.