Have you ever stayed at a hotel and found they have a few issues you’re just not happy about? While you could always complain, the front desk staff can’t always fix your problems.

For instance, a poorly-placed outlet is not something the staff is going to be able to fix during your stay. So rather than register a complaint, carry a short extension cord in your luggage for just such an instance.

A room at the Hotel Burgenland in Eisenstadt

Hotel Burgenland in Eisenstadt

Smarter Travel has discussed how to work around your hotel pet peeves, so you can enjoy your next hotel stay a little more.

Here are five of their best pieces of advice.

  1. Loud hallways and rooms. If you’ve ever spent the night listening to the ice machine, or the elevator that dings every time it lands on your floor, or the stairwell door slam shut, we know your pain. Rather than wait to see if your room is loud, call ahead and ask for a quiet floor or for a room far away from an area where people are coming and going. Finally, pack a couple pairs of earplugs.
  2. Struggling with slow Wi-Fi? Part of the problem is all the people watching Netflix and Hulu on their mobile devices. This can be really painful, when you’re trying to get work done. The ideal solution is to either purchase your own mobile hotspot as a dedicated connection, or use your mobile phone (just keep in mind that this will chew through your data). While this not only gives you faster wifi, it keeps you from falling prey to the viruses and hacks that often plague hotel wifi
  3. No mini fridge or snack options. If you ever wanted some snacks or bottled water, but don’t want to pay the exorbitant rates — $5 for a bottle of water? — pick up a few of your favorite snacks off-site before you arrive. Stow your water in the mini fridge or ice bucket, and keep your snacks handy. If your room’s mini fridge already has drinks available, avoid putting anything in there, because they often have sensors that will immediately charge your room if you so much as move a bottle of water. If you don’t have a mini fridge, you can request one for a small daily fee at most hotels.
  4. Flimsy curtains allow way-too-early-morning sunrise to disturb your much-needed rest. Most hotel rooms have two sets of curtains — light inner sheers and thick, blackout curtains. First, make sure they’re completely closed, but if you still can’t stop the sunlight, an eye mask will block all light and allow you to sleep well past sunrise.
  5. Intrusive staff who come into your room uninvited. If you don’t want to be awakened by the cleaning staff, or surprised by the turndown service in the evening, use the “do not disturb” sign on the doorknob and call down to the front desk to state your desire to be left alone until checkout.

What are some of your big hotel pet peeves, and how do you work around them? What are some of your brilliant solutions? Let us hear from you in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or in our Twitter stream.

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