In the times of worldwide pandemic, which feels like endless doom, the sole thought of staying in a hotel sends bursts of joy down my spine.

From the sheer indulgence of emptying out an overpriced minibar to rolling into the crisp, clean bedsheets, and joining your travel companions at a breakfast buffet just before the new day’s adventure begins, the things we took for granted are now something we’d be privileged to have.

So let’s dive deep into the nostalgia of a pre-pandemic world and the hopes that travelling without the viral anxiety awaits around the corner. Today, Bored Panda has compiled a perfectly indulgent list of the most clever, simple, and creative solutions installed at hotels that put the hospitality business in a well-deserved spotlight.

#1

I Asked The Hotel If I Could Bring My Cat. This Is What We Arrived To

I Asked The Hotel If I Could Bring My Cat. This Is What We Arrived To

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Aurelia!
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2 months ago

These people are cat people! x

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#2

Blessed Hotel Staff

Blessed Hotel Staff

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Aurelia!
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2 months ago

Hi Pál!

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Nobody could have guessed the level of crisis the hospitality industry would find itself in when the pandemic started. At the peak of the coronavirus crisis, many compared it with the black-swan events society has experienced before. Black Swans like the coronaviruses (COVID-19, SARS, H1N1) or the September 11th attacks are rare, unpredictable evens which dramatically alter history, the economy, and society.

#3

This Hotel Gets It

This Hotel Gets It

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

True, that.

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#4

When Your Hotel Staff Go The Extra Mile

When Your Hotel Staff Go The Extra Mile

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Aurelia!
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2 months ago

ILLUSTRATED EVEN??? WOW

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But although cyclical in the past, the hotel industry has realized that this time, it’s something they haven't experienced before at such length. It wasn’t deep, but ultimately a short disruption before things got back to normal.

On the contrary, as we sadly commemorate the 1-year birthday of coronavirus, hoteliers around the world had no idea when it’s going to end. Many businesses were forced to shut their doors, while others are hanging in there while applying protective measures and the new pandemic normality as part of their regulatory policy.

#5

Towel Animal Left By The Hotel Staff

Towel Animal Left By The Hotel Staff

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Gosia Buczek
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2 months ago

Sorry, but I don't like the idea of putting towels on the toilet seat 😐

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#6

Awesome Hotel Gesture

Awesome Hotel Gesture

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Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
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2 months ago

Awww! I'd defiantly keep that one!

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To find out how exactly the worldwide pandemic has affected the hotel industry across the country, Bored Panda reached out to Niki Reading, the representative of Washington Hospitality Association.

“The hotel industry in Washington was hit by COVID just as the busy summer tourism months would have begun. This impacted revenue per room significantly. As of February 2021, the most recent date for which statistics are available, revenue was down 53.6% from the same time last year.”

Meanwhile, in the 4th quarter, “lodging in Washington saw a loss in sales of $629 million, or 59 percent under the previous year. Seattle was the worst hit among any West Coast city, with an occupancy rate of 36.1 percent,” Niki added.

#7

Instead Of A Bible, My Hotel Room In Philadelphia Has The Constitution And Declaration Of Independence

Instead Of A Bible, My Hotel Room In Philadelphia Has The Constitution And Declaration Of Independence

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

I like that - I always thought it was a little sad that people of religions other than Christianity never got access to their holy books in hotels, but I guess part of the reason is that there are more rules about how the Torah and Qur'an are kept/taken care of.

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#8

Missed Out Camping This Year, So I Asked For A Tent In My Hotel Room

Missed Out Camping This Year, So I Asked For A Tent In My Hotel Room

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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2 months ago

Aww! This hotel is very kind!!

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Niki also explained that many people don’t realize that motels and hotels—even major franchises—are owned and operated by local families. “These aren’t mega corporations—they are family businesses that have been decimated,” she concluded.

#9

This Hotel In Singapore

This Hotel In Singapore

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Missy Moo Moo
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2 months ago

Love it

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#10

I Ordered Snacks From Room Service And They Sent A Refrigerated Robot Butler To Deliver Them

I Ordered Snacks From Room Service And They Sent A Refrigerated Robot Butler To Deliver Them

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Missy Moo Moo
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2 months ago

Love it!

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But now that the weather is finally getting warmer and more and more people are getting vaccinated, hotels are slowly but steadily regaining their relevancy.The hotel industry just had its highest occupancy levels in the past two weeks since the start of the Covid pandemic last March, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts CEO Geoff Ballotti told CNBC.

“These last two weeks ... have been the highest two weeks of occupancy in our industry since last March and to see occupancy levels now back to 85% of where they were in 2019 is impressive,” Ballotti added.

#11

This Checklist From A Hotel

This Checklist From A Hotel

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

How helpful!

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#12

Simplistic Light Switches In A Hotel

Simplistic Light Switches In A Hotel

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 months ago

The entire world needs these.

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The hotel chains are among the few fortunate ones who could afford surviving an almost no-guest period which lasted way longer than anyone could have expected. The implementation of vaccine passports also gives hope for the hotel industry.

“I think the industry certainly needs to develop a uniform digital health credential on testing,” Ballotti said. “That could make travel easier, that could make travel safer.”

#13

The Hotel I'm Staying At Has A Monitor Lizard That Roams The Grounds And Swims In The Pool

The Hotel I'm Staying At Has A Monitor Lizard That Roams The Grounds And Swims In The Pool

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Troux
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2 months ago

"In their natural habitat" as it crawls out from the patio furniture.

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#14

This Hotel I’m Staying At Provides A Phone That You Can Take Out With You. It Has Unlimited Mobile Data As Well As Free Calls

This Hotel I’m Staying At Provides A Phone That You Can Take Out With You. It Has Unlimited Mobile Data As Well As Free Calls

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 months ago

You need to name names!

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#15

My Hostel Has A Bed For Charging Your Mobile

My Hostel Has A Bed For Charging Your Mobile

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

this is the cutest!

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#16

Out Hotel Room Is Inside A Giant Aquarium With Sharks, Mantas And Stingrays Swimming About

Out Hotel Room Is Inside A Giant Aquarium With Sharks, Mantas And Stingrays Swimming About

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

that might freak me out :/ cool though

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#17

The Pillows In My Hotel Are Labeled For Preferences

The Pillows In My Hotel Are Labeled For Preferences

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

Firm forever MY MIND WILL NOT BE CHANGED

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#18

My Hotel Had Exit Signs Near The Floor, Presumably For When You Are Crawling On The Floor To Avoid Smoke Inhalation During A Fire

My Hotel Had Exit Signs Near The Floor, Presumably For When You Are Crawling On The Floor To Avoid Smoke Inhalation During A Fire

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Johnny
Community Member
2 months ago

In some areas those low-level exit signs are required by building code.

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#19

My Toilet In The Japanese Hotel I Stayed At. You Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For Your Next Flush

My Toilet In The Japanese Hotel I Stayed At. You Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For Your Next Flush

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Rose the Cook
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2 months ago

Sensible.

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#20

My Hotel Room Came With A Rubber Ducky For The Bathtub

My Hotel Room Came With A Rubber Ducky For The Bathtub

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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2 months ago

Elsa as a duck *quack*

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#21

The Shower At My Hotel Has A Flow Meter To Know How Much Water You Use, Ice Cap Is Melting And Polar Bear Disappears If You Use Too Much

The Shower At My Hotel Has A Flow Meter To Know How Much Water You Use, Ice Cap Is Melting And Polar Bear Disappears If You Use Too Much

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

SAVE THE POLAR BEARS!

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#22

This Hotel I Stayed At Had One Dark Washcloth To Prevent Makeup Stains

This Hotel I Stayed At Had One Dark Washcloth To Prevent Makeup Stains

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

They even thought through the color!

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#23

The Alarm Clock In This Hotel Has Three Displays So You Can See The Time Without Moving While Lying In Either Of The Beds

The Alarm Clock In This Hotel Has Three Displays So You Can See The Time Without Moving While Lying In Either Of The Beds

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

I NEED THAT.

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#24

Old Bank Was Transformed Into A Hotel, They Kept The Vault As A Meeting Room

Old Bank Was Transformed Into A Hotel, They Kept The Vault As A Meeting Room

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Aurelia!
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2 months ago (edited)

I bet any meeting would be 10 times more interesting in a bank vault XD

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#25

My Hotel Has A Marker To Point Towards Mecca

My Hotel Has A Marker To Point Towards Mecca

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

Great idea! More hotels should have this - kinda like many have a bible, also have an arrow towards Mecca!

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#26

Hotel Door Signs: Do Not Disturb And Please Clean Room

Hotel Door Signs: Do Not Disturb And Please Clean Room

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

When I read the heading I was like 'don't all hotels have these?' and then I scrolled down and I was like WAIT NO THEY DON'T AND I WISH THEY DID

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#27

This Little Sign Under The Bed In My Hotel Room That Lets You Know They’ve Cleaned Under There Too

This Little Sign Under The Bed In My Hotel Room That Lets You Know They’ve Cleaned Under There Too

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

Finally!

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#28

This Hotel I Stayed At Has A Billiards Room Through A Secret Door Behind This Bookshelf

This Hotel I Stayed At Has A Billiards Room Through A Secret Door Behind This Bookshelf

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

I WANT A SECRET DOOR

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#29

The Elevator Load Limit Sign In My Hotel

The Elevator Load Limit Sign In My Hotel

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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

1000kg is not 4 people!

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#30

Stayed In A Boeing 747 Converted To Hostel At Arlanda Airport, Sweden

Stayed In A Boeing 747 Converted To Hostel At Arlanda Airport, Sweden

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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

Wish working aeroplanes offered this.

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#31

This Hotel I’m Staying At Has The Shower Shelf Accessible From Both Inside As Well As Outside

This Hotel I’m Staying At Has The Shower Shelf Accessible From Both Inside As Well As Outside

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel like a lot of water would find its way outside the shower.

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#32

My Hotel Room Bathroom Leaves A Section Of Mirror That Doesn’t Steam Up

My Hotel Room Bathroom Leaves A Section Of Mirror That Doesn’t Steam Up

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Johnny
Community Member
2 months ago

Those are pretty common in Japan, there's a heater behind the mirror to keep it clear of fog. There's usually a separate switch to turn it on.

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#33

The Hotel I Stayed In Has A Typewriter For Writing Reviews

The Hotel I Stayed In Has A Typewriter For Writing Reviews

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Lori Spins
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2 months ago

I wonder if it has something to do with Hemingway since he lived in Key West

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#34

My Hotel Safe Has A Plug So You Can Charge Your Electronics While They Are Locked Away

My Hotel Safe Has A Plug So You Can Charge Your Electronics While They Are Locked Away

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Tomas Holicka
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2 months ago

And the plus side is if your device explodes, it won't burn down the hotel!

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#35

This Mirror At My Hotel Tells Guests The Current Weather Conditions

This Mirror At My Hotel Tells Guests The Current Weather Conditions

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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2 months ago

great idea!

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#36

The Hand Towels In My Hotel Bathroom Were Folded Like A Shirt And Tie

The Hand Towels In My Hotel Bathroom Were Folded Like A Shirt And Tie

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shonie
Community Member
2 months ago

pls dont downvote this, but i would feel so bad for ruining the lovely artwork when i have to use the towel...

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#37

This Hotel's Fancy Style Of Stacking Fruits In Water

This Hotel's Fancy Style Of Stacking Fruits In Water

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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2 months ago

Fancy indeed

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#38

Found This In The Youth Hostel I'm Staying At

Found This In The Youth Hostel I'm Staying At

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Marianne
Community Member
2 months ago

Best! Thing! Ever! For those who are asking: This is the TARDIS, the spaceship/timemachine from Doctor Who.

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#39

This Hotel In My Town

This Hotel In My Town

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Is that an open invitation?

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#40

Hotel Door Room Was Changed Today For People Who Uses A Wheelchair With A Lower Peephole

Hotel Door Room Was Changed Today For People Who Uses A Wheelchair With A Lower Peephole

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LemonLea
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I’m a wheelchair user and I can tell based on the handle that the bottom one is low enough. The top “standing” lookout one must be on the low side. (Edited to note that in accessible places the door handles are lower too)

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#41

Singapore’s Parkroyal Hotel Taken From Street Level

Singapore’s Parkroyal Hotel Taken From Street Level

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Aurelia!
Community Member
2 months ago

gorgeous!

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#42

This Hotel Descends Down The Side Of A Cliff, So The Elevator Floors Are In Negatives

This Hotel Descends Down The Side Of A Cliff, So The Elevator Floors Are In Negatives

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Rose the Cook
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2 months ago

Delphi in Greece?

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#43

Shower Tiles Are Cut Into Mountain Shapes, In My Hotel In A Mountainous Destination

Shower Tiles Are Cut Into Mountain Shapes, In My Hotel In A Mountainous Destination

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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

That's a bit gorgeous.

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#44

Hotel In Europe Offers A Rent A Pet Fish For Single Travelers

Hotel In Europe Offers A Rent A Pet Fish For Single Travelers

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Yeah, you heard
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2 months ago

That poor fish needs a bigger tank

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#45

This Showerhead In My Hotel Lets You Dial In An Exact Temperature For The Water To Stay At

This Showerhead In My Hotel Lets You Dial In An Exact Temperature For The Water To Stay At

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TexasWoman
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2 months ago

They should make these more often for us to buy at stores

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#46

My Hotel Room Used To Be A Chapel

My Hotel Room Used To Be A Chapel

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Claire Abrams
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2 months ago

Very pretty!

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#47

This Hotel Used To Be A Brewery

This Hotel Used To Be A Brewery

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Ekaterina S
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2 months ago

Heidelberg, Germany?

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#48

My Hotel's Lights Shine Diagonally

My Hotel's Lights Shine Diagonally

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Muji
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2 months ago

This is really cool

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#49

The Water Bottle In My Hotel In Bangkok Had The Same Shape As The Building

The Water Bottle In My Hotel In Bangkok Had The Same Shape As The Building

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Mariam Najar
Community Member
2 months ago

Creative!

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#50

Our Hotel Shower Designed Like A Swimming Pool

Our Hotel Shower Designed Like A Swimming Pool

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
Community Member
2 months ago

Plot Twist: It can become a swimming pool :0

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