The Boy and I have just come back from a very enjoyable day and a half at Donington Race Track where we watched the practise day for this year’s World Super Bike Championship. For my take on this please click here.
This trip involved an overnight stay in a nearby hotel and on this trip we realised we amateurs at hotels. We’ve only ever done B&B trips or self catering type stays. Hotels are an entirely different ball game.
For a start… There is the culture of freebies from hotels.
I do not, am most certainly am not advocating taking the mick and basically clearing out your hotel room.
You don’t need that towel.
You don’t need a bath robe.
Please don’t take the bible. That is wrong on a whole range of levels.
But a shower cap is fair game. It is useful for covering your dough when baking bread.
Those mini sized toiletries are clearly intended to be taken. And you can use them on a future trip what with them being travel sized.
And individual tea sachets are most definitely fair game. If you have a flask then you can take those out with you later in the day and have a lovely refreshing drink. They are great for travel and it’s not that easy to pick up a selection of in ideally wrapped teabags in the shops. So fill your boots!
So based on my recent trip, here are my top 10 tips for staying in a hotel.
- Take milk. Or at least try and pre-steal some of those mini UHT milks from somewhere before you go. There is never enough milk to have a decent tea or coffee.
- If you are a light sleeper and/or are staying in your hotel when an event is on nearby, consider taking earplugs. Rowdy people will walk past your door at silly hours and you will be woken up.
- If breakfast is not included in your hotel deal, or you’re on a tight budget, why not take some of those instant porridge pots along with you. Your hotel room is 99% likely to have a kettle.
- The same goes for pasta and noodle pots if you’re desperate.
- However, if breakfast is included, fuel up now! Depending on what you’re doing, you don’t know when your next meal is coming.
- Speaking of breakfast, don’t just dive in like I did. Do a full sweep and see what is on offer before filling your plate up. I had a very nice cooked breakfast but then I noticed the fresh fruit, cereals and pastries section and felt a twinge of regret for filling up so much on scrambled eggs.
- Take your handbag (or a jacket with sizeable pockets) down with you. I think it is totally fine to pop an apple or two into your bag for later on.
- If you’re feeling cheeky, take a tub and pop those unwrapped muffins or pastries in there. That’s lunch sorted.
- If you’re feeling especially cheeky, take a food flask down and stuff the cooked breakfast in there. This one is verging on taking it too far but if you’ve got the guts for it…
- Find a friendly member of staff and chat to them. If you’re nice, they’re probably less likely to shop you in when they see you blantaly taking about 20 teabags.
A small sample of my free teas.
Here’s looking to forward to many more successful hotel trips in the future!