For those of you that stay in hotels often, you are pretty much always sure of what to expect. You know what the service is going to be like and that the room is probably going to be pretty dull, uninteresting and similar to all the rest. Even if the service is pleasant and the room is spotless, they all tend to blur into one most of the time.
So, it doesn’t take much for one to stand out, if only they could think outside the box…
Well, every once in a while, a hotel does just that and decides to do something a bit different. Be it designing your room with an added dose of common sense or by actually addressing those little things everyone seems to complain about head on. And boy does it make a difference!
A handful of affordable hotels across the globe are showing the rest how it’s done by introducing quirky gimmicks and quick solutions to make you stay that little bit more enjoyable. You’re going to want to visit some of these!
1.) A rope to control all lights
This rope by the bed turns off ALL the lights in the room in one easy pull. Who hasn’t had that heartbreaking moment when you are all comfortable in bed and you forget to turn all of the lights off?! No longer will that be an issue at this place.
Y’see, I told you the simplest things can make the biggest differences!
2.) A shower to end all showers
You don’t need to go into this shower to turn it on. No longer will you scream with how cold the water is! You can turn it on in advance, allowing the water to warm up before stepping in.
Plus, you don’t risk getting absolutely soaked while still fully dressed. How this hasn’t already been installed in every hotel bathroom across the globe i’ll never know.
3.) Fresh remote, anyone?
We never knew that we needed a fresh remote in our lives until now. Well, most of us didn’t anyway. There are those germaphobes out there that would beg to disagree i’m sure!
This hotel treats the guest literally like royalty. Who is awesome enough to require a fresh remote every time they watch TV?! Us, the general public of course.
4.) Puppy service
OKAY, we are booking a room at this hotel NOW!
This hotel is kindly acting as an adoption agency too, allowing you to leave with a four legged friend for a small charge. In doing so, it provides these pooches with new homes by giving the guests the choice.
On second thoughts maybe it’s for the best that I don’t go here, i’d end up leaving with them all and i’ve no space as it is!
5.) Free cell phone
Yep, you read that right, a free cell phone. This one isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, but it’s worth pointing out what a good idea this is regardless.
In a world where so many things cost extra, it’s nice to know that I can leave my actual cell phone in the safety of my room vault and go and explore worry-free. What’s more is the rental one is no slouch either. Free internet access and unlimited calls? Sign me up!
6.) Don’t forget to steal the toiletries, honey!
This hotel actively ENCOURAGES you to steal the leftover toiletries.
After all who doesn’t love hotel toiletries?! They’re always so much nicer than regular ones for the plain and simple fact that they’re free (if you take the fact that most rooms incorporate them into the overall cost of the room out of it).
Fortunately, while you’re stuffing your suitcase full of free tiny bottle of shampoo that you definitely don’t need, the hotel reminds you not to forget the important things too… like your children.
7.) Soccer mad
If you’re a bit of a soccer nut, then this place is the one for you. Although, if you weren’t paying attention you might just miss it.
The remote for the TV has a button dedicated to all of the soccer channels, so if the big game is on, you’re one click away from experiencing it all. Ah, the easy life…
8.) This lamp can be half-lit
Japan must be heaven for designers and gadget makers (I don’t know what the official title would be ok!).
They just know how to take every day items and make them that little bit more convenient for us. Take this lamp, which as you can clearly see lights up in halves. So while your partner’s sound asleep, you can carry on reading for another chapter… or five.
9.) HDMI and USB sockets
Every TV has these sockets but this hotel makes sure that they are easily accessible and we love them for it. How many times have you been sat on the bed flicking through the absolute rubbish on TV, thinking “I wish I could watch my own stuff on the big screen, but it’s mounted to the wall’?
Well, no longer do you have to watch your favorite series through your PATHETICALLY small tablet screen. The future is now…
10.) Separate towel to remove makeup
Now, THIS is what I’m talking about! A hotel that recognises the fact that men and women can in fact be quite different when it comes to their daily routines.
We always feel bad about smearing our makeup over the hotel’s pristine white towels and ruining everything. Now we have a separate towel just for makeup and it’s BLACK! Result!
11.) They clean EVERYWHERE
Everyone has that little once-over when they first step into their hotel room, making sure no one’s dirty used underwear toothbrush has been left behind.
But when it comes to this place, you know you’re in safe hands when it comes to cleanliness. Even in those awkward to reach areas that are no less important. This hotel rather sassily lets you know that OF COURSE, they have cleaned under the bed. What do you expect, nosey?
12.) Robot room service!
This robot delivers toilet paper to guest’s rooms. Now, this is quite literally a life-saver.
There’s nothing worse than running out of toilet paper with no access to anymore and finding that out when it’s already too late… Besides, if you’re anything like me then human interaction should be kept to an absolute minimum during those hours of the day that you need some time to yourself.
13.) Don’t have time to wait for an elevator?
Not a problem here. This particular hotel has placed elevator buttons halfway down the hall so by the time you reach the elevator itself, the doors should already opening for you.
Because whether you’re heading to an important business meeting or just nipping out for a takeaway, your time is precious right? An added bonus with this one is it drastically reduces the chances of someone else walking along and getting in the elevator with you, eliminating the chances of having to create awkward small talk.
14.) This hotel has a Stargate
Now, this is quite possibly one of the coolest things we have ever seen in a hotel and we simply NEED to stay a night! The reason for it being there?
No idea, not a clue. But, really, does there even need to be one? When something looks that cool and that nerdy, nothing needs to be done but admire it.
15.) Toiletries are cool but do you have a rubber duck too?
This hotel not only provides the awesome tiny toiletries but also a rubber duck to go with it! Ok, ok so this isn’t exactly groundbreaking. But those little touches that help you to feel like you’re at home can make a big difference when you’re hundreds of miles from home, alone.
While we’re on the topic of baths, did anyone else use a flannel and pretend it was an underwater monster set on destroying it’s arch rival, the great golden duck? No? Just me? moving on…
16.) Rent-A- Fish
Feeling a little lonely? Fancy some living company but don’t really want to have to make any effort to engage with it whatsoever? Have I got the hotel for you! This hotel provides a finned companion for a small fee and for some reason I think it’s just great!
After all, a fish won’t judge you while you tear into your eighth Twinkie of the night.
17. They thought of everything
As well as being a snazzy, retro-looking little unit, this hotel’s brightly-colored phone also has its own dedicated line for listening to bedtime stories!
Perfect for those staying with little ones, or even adults who just need a little extra comfort on a lonely night. Hey, who are we to judge? Sometimes you just need a good old regression session.
18. Rubik stays free
If I were to speak in marketing jargon for a second, I would say this hotel has the right idea by ‘gamifying the customer experience’ to offer free perks to their guests.
On the other hand, it will also mean that one of those rubix cube-solving geniuses could basically stay for free, forever. They wouldn’t even need to buy a house!
19. The light, it burns!
It might not be obvious at first, but this is a great little feature on this curtain rail. It means that the curtains can completely overlap, meaning you can get changed in your hotel room without worrying about passers-by sneaking a peek.
Alternatively, if you’ve had one too many shandies the night before, it will also be very effective at blocking out sunlight.
20. Pizza de action
The phone at this hotel room has every possible need of their guests covered. Alongside the usual exercises such as wake-up calls and concierge, they also have a button for the most important thing of all – pizza.
I mean, they will probably charge an extortionate amount to bring that pizza up to your room, but you know what? Worth it.
21. A thief’s best friend
It’s kind of an unwritten rule when you’re leaving a hotel that you have to take some of their tiny little toiletries with you. I mean, that’s why they make them so small, after all.
Rather than seeing toiletries theft as a problem, this hotel has chosen to embrace it, and give you something good to remember them by. Well played, guys!
22. All we do is make up…
It’s often said that the most simple solutions are usually the most effective. The cleaning staff at this hotel obviously got tired of girls ruining their beautiful white towels with cheap mascara, so they’ve decided to do something about it.
I mean, any self-respecting make-up would presumably carry wipes with them, but just incase you forgot, they’ve got you covered.
23. Mirror image
Yep, just incase you didn’t get your fill of The Walking Dead while you were lazing around in bed, this hotel has also taken the liberty of putting a hotel inside the freakin’ bathroom mirror, so you won’t miss a thing whenever nature calls.
And I thought my TV addiction was pretty bad – this right here is next level!
24. Weather updates
When you’re holed up in a hotel, it can be quite easy to lose pretty much all sense of time and connection with the outside world. Even if you have a window, you can’t always gauge what’s going on outside.
When you’re heading out, this handy feature will let you know whether you need to take an umbrella or a sombrero.
25. Check yourself out
It took me a while to figure out what was going on here, but this is a great feature. The heated mirror means that it will never fog up, even when you’re taking a hot shower that steams up the whole bathroom.
Personally, I think ignorance is bliss when it comes to how I look naked, but each to their own I guess…
26. Take your pick
This hotel have obviously got their more discerning guests in mind, with an extensive range of pillow variations which will cover the needs of just about anyone who might be staying.
It’s not just for divas, either – this amount of choice can be really useful for people who might have skin conditions, or allergies to certain kind of fabrics.
Bonus pics: Unique hotel experiences
There are plenty of amazing hotels in the world, but a lot of them come with eye-watering prices tags which would only be affordable to the ultra-rich.
We thought we’d end this piece by taking a lot at some of the weird and wonderful hotels around the world, that would be affordable to those on an average salary. If you’re willing to go a little leftfield, it’s amazing what you can get for your money! Let’s take a look…
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
The giraffe manor is situated just outside Nairobi in Kenya, and offers its guests the chance to get up-close-and-personal with these majestic beasts.
It’s a truly unique experience, and one that I’m definitely putting on my bucket list! The giraffes seem like they’re taken good care of, and are certainly comfortable with humans, as you will be able to tell from the picture below:
The Golden Crown Iglut, Finland
Wow. Does it get any more Scandinavian than this? The Golden Crown resort offers a truly unique experience, with luxury glass igloos offering a panoramic view of the gorgeous Finnish countryside, all while staying in warmth and luxurious comfort.
There are 18 of them in total, and the guests have access to all the services that you would expect in a high-quality hotel.
Huilo Huilo, Chile
This amazing naturalistic hotel is part of the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, which is located in the middle of the Chilean Patagonian rainforest.
As well as staying in one of the coolest, quirkiest hotels on the planet, you will also find yourself in the middle of an immense amount of natural beauty, with rainforest and the Andes within hiking distance. Definitely one for those who like to explore nature!
Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver, Canada
Here’s one that’s definitely a bit ‘out there’ – in both a figurative and a literal sense. The free spirit spheres are suspended between trees in a remote rural area of Canada. They are a sight to behold, and definitely something to consider if you want something different and are comfortable being away from civilization.
I think this is a great idea, and as you can see from the photo below, they look really nice inside, too! If a little bit cramped…
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