Some Hotels Are Changing for The Worse

A dingy shower from a recent hotel stay.

While the hotel industry is generally changing for the better, some good hotels are changing for the worse. The green energy movement has been an opportunity for hotels to save money but some are taking it too far and hurting the guest experience.

I recently visited a hotel where you couldn’t turn on the lights in the room until the door was completely shut and you pressed a button on the opposite wall.  Now, if you pressed the button before the door was completely closed, you had to start over by opening and shutting the door again. At night it was too dark in the room to find the button, so I had to use the flashlight on my iPhone to find the button. Combine this with having to open and shut the door a couple of times because it took a couple of seconds after shutting the door to be able to press the button.

Worse yet, I had to figure this out on my own as there were no instructions to be found.

Recent stays that went awry

Disney's Wilderness Lodge   
Average Room But A Great Property. We paid $400 a night in October of 2017. The property is fantastic, the restaurants and pool are great. The room itself was underwhelming for the price point. Taking the boat to the Magic Kingdom was fantastic though. We would go back because even if the overall experience is average for the price point. Visited: 10/2017

Empress Hotel - A Greystone Hotel   
Third Year In-A-Row. We cam back to the Empress hotel a third time in three years. This time we enjoyed the bar/lounge for a night, well worth a visit. The location in La Jolla Village can't be beat, we'll be back next year. Visited: 8/2017

Hotel du Jeu de Paume   
Not Great, odd customer service. The location is fantastic but that was really the only thing going for this hotel. First, the front desk staff was very short with us. Second, the room has a system where the lights won't turn on unless you fully close the door then insert the keycard (if you insert the card before the door is completely shut, you have to start over). It was always very dark in the room, so very hard to find the keycard insert. I am very familiar with these at hotels but the one in our room was half-broken. So it took several open and shutting the door to get it to work properly, every time we came back. For the money, the room was very small. Yes, it's Europe and we are used to it, but these rooms were very small. The building is certainly historic but spend your money elsewhere. Visited: 12/2016

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