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 1 week ago

that my friend, is great advise

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Brandy Grote 1 week ago

Except hangers don't come off the closet rod anymore.....

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Rissie 1 week ago

Now that's good to be prepared for.

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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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Rosie Hamilton 1 week ago (edited)

I always carry individually wrapped antiseptic wipes. As a dog owner I've found them to be a very good idea just generally.. The packaging can be recyled on these. EDIT: and the wipes are as well with the ones I use. I only mentioned packaging as I was looking at that large plastic container in the photo.

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Daria B 1 week ago

That power splitter looks very concerned.

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Suzi Gauthier 1 week ago

I've never been in a hotel where you had to turn on the electricity in the room. Where does this happen?

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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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AzKhaleesi 1 week ago

This is an anywhere hack. I do this at home :)

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Herb Eaversmells 1 week ago

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

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morgan jeffries 1 week ago

I always bring a bag with me for that purpose

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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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Rosie Hamilton 1 week ago

They always throw away any of the small soaps that remain so you might as well take those. Hotels need to stop providing these things in mini plastic containers for the sake of the planet.

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Kaisu 1 week ago

I've never had a hotel room with an ironing board in it

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Hans 1 week 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 1 week ago

But I WANT it to blow directly on me.

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Kaisu 1 week 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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Edward Doherty 1 week ago

In what fucking universe is that easier than just using the cup normally?

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Mimi M 1 week 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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Radek Suski 1 week ago

What hotel has doors like that? I never seen a gap between doors and the floor

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Radek Suski 1 week ago

Must be an American thing. We use real glasses and cups

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eliana 1 week ago

i wouldnt put something over a heater....

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Valerie Lessard 1 week ago

is this a "hack" or just common sense

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Janine B. 1 week ago

Or just don't pick hotels with no hygienic standards. Never had a sticky remote in my rooms, no matter if cheap or expensive hotels. Cleaning should not be a matter of price.

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Hans 1 week ago

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

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Hans 1 week 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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Rosie Hamilton 1 week ago

Small point but it will take you longer to get out when the fire alarm goes off (happened twice in hotels I've stayed in).

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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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dåg 1 week ago

You could also just close your eyes when you sleep.

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