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
Community Member
1 year ago

that my friend, is great advise

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Rissie
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

That power splitter looks very concerned.

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Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Herb Eaversmells
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Éva
Community Member
1 year ago

That's too much social interaction

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Johnny Frostbite
Community Member
1 year ago

Use your teeth, weakling

Julie Watson
Community Member
1 year ago

What if he breaks his teeth XD

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Bill
Community Member
1 year ago

Use the corner of the night stand like a civilized drunk

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 year ago

lol

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Liam Bolton
Community Member
1 year ago

Literally anything is a bottle opener of you try hard enough, and if you're even careful enough you can open a beer with a beer? Plot twist

Alex
Community Member
1 year ago

not everyone is tall enough to do this buddy :(

Tessa
Community Member
1 year ago

Lighter, lipstick, cutlery.... There are so many many other ways :D

Liam Walsh
Community Member
1 year ago

Detailed instructions for the lighter and lipstick please!

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Just show me a hotel room and I'll show you a dozen "bottle openers" in a minute (that won't be damaged in the process, of course)

Geoffrey Holland
Community Member
1 year ago

Swiss army knives are even more useful. Just remember to pack them in your checked luggage if you're taking a flight.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

There is one that lives in my suitcase.

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Eniko Bata
Community Member
1 year ago

EVERYTHING, literally everything can be a can opener.;)

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
1 year ago

I always pay for a hotel room so I can have a place to sit around getting drunk.

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

Use the door jam where the door closes. Much easier.

eliana
Community Member
1 year ago

time to call the boysss

Redfox
Community Member
1 year ago

If you are tall enough, enjoy your beer. If you are short, just keep throwing it at the door closer then eventually you will realise you can actually open it with your car key. (Hint, it is the gap where the key attaches on the key ring...but don't tell anyone!!!! Oh and if you have one of those whizzbang electronic keys? Enjoy looking at your beer for the rest of your stay.)

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
1 year ago

And this might bend the thing and therefor break it... So don't you're not at home..

Suz-Anne SEUSS
Community Member
1 year ago

Genius. Mike drop.

Fred Iovine
Community Member
1 year ago

Well this will be a lifesaver for many avis key holders.

Mitzi Ocean
Community Member
1 year ago

Only good for tall people, short people call the front desk to have an opener brought up to them ✌🏻✨

Cynthia Boyd
Community Member
1 year ago

You could just buy one and keep it with you in your luggage.

Petr Krpalek
Community Member
1 year ago

Whole world is a bottle opener...

Marie Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

Great idea!!

Grace Abrams
Community Member
1 year ago

Clearly not an Aussie lol... everything's a stubby opener mate.

ptm45
Community Member
1 year ago

if you break it, you pay it

SBW71
Community Member
1 year ago

Can use a Bic lighter too

Lisa Whipp Myhre
Community Member
1 year ago

I have a bottle opener on my keychain.

Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
1 year ago

This actually, over time, damages the doors. Stop doing this please, get up and ask front desk for an opener. /Ex hotel employee

Camille Marquès
Community Member
1 year ago

What you don't have a spoon?

Piper Smythe
Community Member
1 year ago

Grown-up equivalent of slamming the door to yank your loose tooth

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

If the room has a desk then the bottle opener is usually on the side of it. It’s to stop people ruining the room or damaging things (like door hinges)

Nunya
Community Member
1 year ago

Here's a simpler hack. You can get a can opener as a keychain almost anywhere.

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Always pack a pair of thongs with an inbuilt bottle opener or you could just use a key.

N G
Community Member
1 year ago

That pair of thongs is actually a hammock

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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

What if you don't have that door ?

Mortus Pect
Community Member
1 year ago

It can be opened with your teeth. Just be careful enough.

Lisa Onitnelot
Community Member
1 year ago

some less expensive hotels don't offer things like that. your sarcasm isn't needed or wanted.

EpicFangirl
Community Member
1 year ago

hahahaha how we Americans live

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morgan jeffries
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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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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Edward Doherty
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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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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Radek Suski
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Radek Suski
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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eliana
Community Member
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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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
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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Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
1 year 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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Jace
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m super light-sensitive, but this seems extreme to me.

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