Hotel room check-in checklist

Here are some things you should look for when checking into any hotel room.

Travel Travel Tips Koelen Andrews

This article was published on January 12th, 2020

Hotel rooms can be scary. Not all hotels have 5-star standards. Not all cleaning staff are trained on the highest cleaning quality standards. When you check into a hotel, the room you are assigned isn’t the one you are committed to. You do have the right to go check out the room they’ve given you, and if it doesn’t meet your sanitary expectations, you should return to the front desk, explain why it does not meet your cleanliness standards, and ask for a resolution – either a different room, or to have the room cleaned to your satisfact. Here are some tips of what you should look for when checking into any hotel room.

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Visual inspection. First, walk into the room and take a good analytical look around. One of the first things you will notice is how the bed has been made. Does the bed have fresh, clean linen, and is it made professionally? The sheets and comforter should smell and look impeccable. The bed should be made like a drill sergeant might come and inspect it.

Bathroom inspection. Walk through the bathroom. If there is a single hair, leave immediately. Bathrooms should be 100% spotless, including the mirror. The towels should be fresh and folded / hung and there should be unopened toiletries for you to use during your gaycation stay. 

Inspect where you don’t expect. Look behind and underneath the bedside tables. There should not be any dust or garbage behind or underneath them. Open the drawers to make sure they are available and clean for usage. Open the dresser drawers and closets. Check to see if there are any leftover items from previous guests. 

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Blacklight. If you’re a germaphobe and want to guarantee a spotless room that’s been deep cleaned, bring a blacklight flashlight and scan the bed while the room is completely dark, then do the same with the bedside tables, furniture, and the entire bathroom for bodily fluids. This is a hotel accommodation, and you should expect complete sanitation. 

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Amenities. Check all the proper amenities are present and stocked. Iron, ironing board, coffee pot, tea kettle, microwave—whatever was promised on your OG reservation should be guaranteed upon checking into your room. This goes with the physicality of the room too. If you ordered a room with a view, the alley way will simply not do.

Safety and security. Finally, your key card is your gateway and entry in and out of your room. Try your key out a few times to make sure the card reader is in proper working order. The last thing you want is to be locked out of your own hotel room. The room safe should be bolted to a cabinet or the floor. Doors should be equipped with a peephole, deadbolt, and security bar. 

Health and safety should be your high priority when travelling. Your accommodation should be hospital clean. If it’s not, you need to engage with the front desk to provide you with a room that meets your expectations. Fortunately, most accommodation providers to offer quality cleaning services and put guest safety as priority; however, there are some instances where you don’t have to accept below-standard conditions.

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What things do you look for when you are checking into a hotel room? Leave your tips, advice, and comments below.

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  1. Daniel Hall

    As an owner of a property with seven Airbnb apartments, I agree largely with your standards of cleanliness. However, encouraging the use of blacklight inspection ridiculously crosses the line. Anyone who follows that advice should first take a blacklight to their own homes. I dare say that those who are inclined to that sort of investigation would run screaming from their own homes. LOL