Customers should be treated like kings and queens. They should be pampered, treated to large doses of good humor, and given a creative quality of life upgrades that make all the difference. This is the philosophy some of the nicest hotels have. And it's obvious how much they try to have the best customer services.
Some hotels go the extra mile to make their customers' stay that much more pleasant. From bed forts and 'spouse disposal units' to hilarious menus and tiny takeaway bags for tiny soap, these are the creative ideas that make you want to visit again and again. Bored Panda created this awesome list of clever ideas and unique touches that some of the best hotels have introduced. These will bring a smile to your face, give you a hearty chuckle, and make you go 'wow, how didn't I think of that?' So keep on scrolling, share the best hotel designs and ideas with your friends, and upvote the best pictures! My personal favorite is the bed fort (I know what I'm building at home tonight) — what about yours? Be sure to scroll down and read our interview with Dr. Gabor Forgacs from Ryerson University about the hotel industry and hoteliers.
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Courtesy of Hospitality School, here are several 'Golden Rules' that each and every hotelier worth their salt should follow. That is, if they want to be proud of what they do, want their business to boom, and their guests to grace their doorstep once again.
Looking like a professional goes a long way in the hospitality business. That means dressing nicely, taking care of your hygiene and smiling brightly. It's also vital that the way you talk to your customers be sincere — they can spot it if you're being fake in an instant. What's more, keeping your guests' private life private is of utmost importance, as is helping them with everything and anything they might need. Finally, never, ever ignore complaints. Not even small ones.
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However, the rules of hospitality are slowly changing over time, as Marcel Thoma, the General Manager of The Upper House hotel in Hong Kong told Euronews: “Twenty years ago, there were scripts and standards. And it was the same every day. These days, we expect the wait staff to be psychiatrists. Now, some guests want to be left alone; maybe you don’t refill their coffee because they’re in a meeting and concentrating hard. We like to see ourselves as hosts, not service providers. For that, you must give your staff the freedom to be spontaneous.”
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Thoma also explained how staff members can help in unexpected ways. “For example, we once had a guest come downstairs and say, I want to go hiking but I’m alone and don’t know how to go hiking in Hong Kong. We had a staff who loves hiking and said, ‘Madame, I know a beautiful trail. Why don’t we go hiking together tomorrow, if you’d like me to come along with you?’ So, they went hiking together. In a traditional hotel, they would say, ‘We’re not paying you to go hiking! You’re paid to check in and check out guests.’”
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According to Dr. Forgacs, the main reason why a guest would return to a hotel would be if they had good memories of the place.
“Not necessarily a gold plated door knob or the extra skirt hangers in the closet; best memories are created through interaction with people. If service excellence exceeds expectations, guests always remember that.”
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What’s more, the professor had some insightful advice for those hoteliers that are having trouble keeping their business afloat.
“Languishing hotels need to take an honest look at themselves to understand the reasons why they can't create special memories,” he explained. “Service culture is not built overnight; the way you hire, you train and conduct yourself is crucial. Mistakes are made all the time; how you recover and show genuine care would make a difference.”
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“Following up is a secret weapon. Comping, offering a discount or an upgrade for a mishap is what a typical hotel would do. The better ones will always follow up with the guest and on top of a remedy, tell their plan how the mistake will be prevented from happening again,” Dr. Forgacs revealed the secrets behind getting hotels back on track.
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I asked the hotel to hide a picture of Robert Downey Jr in my room. I forgot all about it and when I went to take a hot bath to wash off a shitty day, I caught sight of this.