This week, I have the privilege of attending another meeting, but my experience, yet again, could be so much better with only a few minor changes by the hotel.
Here are my top gripes of hotels in no particular order - hotel business owners, are you listening?
1. "Nickel and diming"
Conference hotels are not inexpensive. Even with the "conference rate," one night typically costs in excess of $200. Yet, if I want WiFi in the quiet privacy of my room, it almost always costs extra. If I want to use the work-out facility, it also usually costs extra.
Why don't most hotel bathrooms have exhaust fans? A 10-minute shower steams up the entire bathroom and usually the rest of the hotel room to boot.
3. Insufficient work space
I am sharing my room with a colleague to lower the cost to our program. But there is only one small desk in this room. Hotel "business centers" typically consist of 2-4 antique computers suitable for little more than printing out boarding passes, with little extra work space.
4. Mega-air conditioning.
Even the men in short sleeves can be heard complaining about the temperature at these meetings. Even if it's 90 degrees outside, does it need to be a meat locker inside?
5. Crappy hangers - or not enough hangers.
Eight hangers for two people for five days? And trying to hang pressed clothes onto a hanger that you can't remove from the closet rod? Please.
6. Slooooow elevators.
But, don't despair conference attendees. Stay tuned for tips on how to overcome these obstacles and have a great conference experience!