When you come to stay at a hotel, usually all that you want are the basics: to relax, watch a movie on TV, get a good night’s sleep, enjoy some delicious English breakfast in the morning, maybe get some advice about what interesting sites there are to see nearby. The last thing that should be on your mind is how uncomfortable you are.

It shouldn’t take 5 stars for a hotel to provide the basics and make you feel welcome. However, the sad reality is that far from every hotel you stay at will be up to your standards. Luckily, people have come up with plenty of life hacks while you stay at hotels, especially bad ones. And one person’s hotel hack to get rid of the annoying gap between the curtains inspired others to share their own tips and tricks.

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of hotel hacks to improve your stay and help you circumnavigate bad experiences as best you can. So scroll down, upvote your fave hacks, and share them with your friends. And be sure to leave us a comment with any hotel hacks that you might know as well.

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Wulcie Dood
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1 year ago

that my friend, is great advise

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

I use hair clips.

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Mimi M
Community Member
1 year ago

Instead of just saying 'no thank you', I'd say 'no thank you, I wish, but it's just not in my budget'.

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When Rick Klau shared the hack where you can use a hanger to close the blackout curtains in your hotel room, the internet’s response was phenomenal. The hack was liked 396,700 times and retweeted 71,500 times. Klau’s post inspired other social media users to share their own hotel hacks, and some of them are brilliant in their simplicity.

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

parents do this anyway

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

That power splitter looks very concerned.

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

WHAT WHAT WHAT?!

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Bored Panda interviewed Dr. Gabor Forgacs from Ryerson University about the hotel industry, as well as the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

“Technology is offered as an option for convenience but not as a replacement for service. Automated check-ins and wake up calls etc. are fine, however, it is a guest preference to choose them as a lot of guests appreciate the human interaction instead. Technology is used to expedite service (curbside check-in, messaging, digital coupons, etc.) not replacing it.”

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Hannyyy
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1 year ago

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Herb Eaversmells
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1 year ago

Or simply call the front desk and ask for a,bottle opener...

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

I do this.

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“How we leverage our data is important for hoteliers. We have a data-rich operational environment and we have to walk a fine line in terms of using our data sources for improving service without invading guest privacy and respecting sensitivities," Dr. Forgacs said.

“The philosophy of old school hoteliers, and I am one, still rules: we see everything, we know anything about our guests but never disclose anything, never reveal what we know and keep all that to ourselves. Best hoteliers are unassuming, discreet and highly knowledgeable.”

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
1 year ago

Get it, will donate to the clerk when I check out next time.

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Conrad Strucker
Community Member
1 year ago

talk about being in the hot seat

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

This was neccesary in times of bad WiFi. Hotels that still have individual access points in rooms might overhaul their technology...

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

But I WANT it to blow directly on me.

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

What's this terrifying fear for hotel remotes? I've never had one that's particularly dirty, and it's not the only thing other people have touched yet people seem to freak out about it

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Vasundhara Bhattacharyya Ghatak
Community Member
1 year ago

I would still prefer to keep a toothbrush case with me. My psychology you can say, but I just cannot leave a brush uncovered in my own bathroom, let alone a hotel one.

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Mimi M
Community Member
1 year ago

And also, one where the outlets fit the configuration of the plugs that you use (American, European, whatever). Better than having to depend on getting multiple adapters for each of your devices. If the plug on the strip doesn't fit the wall outlet, you can get just one adapter at the front desk.

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Eirik Fjone
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1 year ago

That could actually turn your room into a deathtrap if there's a fire...... (at least if the door swings into the room as in the picture)

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Conrad Strucker
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1 year ago

that's true do you really expect me to drink my Fruit-Flavored Diabetes 3000 out of a cup that small nah fam think again

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eliana
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1 year ago

i wouldnt put something over a heater....

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

is this a "hack" or just common sense

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Or bring your own little pack of wipes wherever you go and take care of the remote, the doors handles and the light switches yourself.

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Hans
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1 year ago

As said above: do not stay in hotels with sticky TV remotes.

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

This is exactly what the hotel chains want you to do. Usually, it means thta you do not pick by quality and price andmore but by brand. Maximizing a hotel program usually is only worth it if you stay in hotels A LOT and/or if you can status match with other loyality programs, like that of airlines. Which again make only sense if you travel a lot. From my experience, there is little sense below 25 nights a year.

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What's In Your Head?
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1 year ago

...And that bead is to ward off evil spirits?

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"Please be careful not to cover any air holes so you don't disable the detector. Please remove the tape in the morning so maintenance can inspect the detector."

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Shireen
Community Member
1 year ago

That light is so annoying!!!

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