From sneaky staff habits to hidden surveillance, there are a few things that you might not expect to encounter in an Indian hotel room. In this blog post, we'll uncover 10 of the most bizarre hotel room secrets that you might want to know before you book your next stay in India.
When you are looking for a hotel in India, it is important to be aware that the pictures you see online may not be accurate. Many hotels use Photoshop and other editing tools to make their rooms look more spacious and luxurious than they really are. It is also common for hotels to use stock photos that do not even show their own hotel.
While booking your hotels through online portals in India, the pictures of the hotel's exteriors can sometimes be misleading and sometimes a big fat lie. While I was on my trip to Delhi, I faced a similar Issue where the picture that was on the booking site was misleading. Long story short* The street in which the hotel was located was unsanitary and it was smartly edited out in the pictures posted on the booking website.
So, before booking your hotels through portals, make sure to check the google photos and reviews, it might help you filter the misleading hotels.
A former housekeeper revealed that the drinking glasses in hotel rooms are often only rinsed with water and dried with a towel before being placed back in the room. In some budget hotels in India, along with the drinking glasses, other utensils are no exception to this (Be careful about the ice-buckets). So, double check the sanitization of the utensils you use in the hotel rooms, especially in budget hotels.
In some budget hotels, bedsheets may not be changed between guests. To be on the safer side, request fresh sheets upon check-in. Also in some of the budget hotels, the bed and hotel room might not have been cleaned before you checked in. So look out for that, before you crash into the hotel beds!
In rare cases, hotel staff often use empty rooms as break rooms, where they might eat, drink, and even smoke. To avoid this, let the front desk know that you'll be occupying the room for the duration of your stay, just to be safe!
Some hotels install software that monitors guests' internet activity. If you're concerned about privacy, use a VPN or avoid using the hotel's Wi-Fi for sensitive activities.
Pay attention to your hotel bill and make sure you're not being charged for items you didn't use. It's common in India that sometimes hotel staff may try to give you services without bringing to your notice that they are paid services. So, if you are using any hotel services it's probably chargeable, make sure to clarify your doubts with the staff beforehand. However, if you notice any discrepancies, bring them to the attention of the front desk immediately.
Privacy invasion is a worldwide problem and its concerning. Even though Indians are known for being the coolest among the bunch, there is no exception to this. In some rare cases, hotels have been known to install hidden microphones and cameras in guest rooms. To be safe, try to thoroughly check for any hidden devices or be prepared with easy methods to flush out these devices in your room.
Yes, its true that hotel staffs will have an additional key to your room! They keep one extra key with them for emergency situations. However, it's important that you keep your valuable belongings inside the locker or take them with you when you go out. You never know!
This is common in India, Hotel staff sometimes try to hide damage to rooms from guests in order to avoid repair costs. If you notice any damage to your room, report it to the front desk immediately. Don't fall for these traps, in rare cases hotel might try to recover the damage charges from you!
If you have travelled in India I am pretty sure you have encountered a person from hotel staff asking you to pay for his services! This is absolutely not mandatory. You can give them tip out of generosity and they cannot force you to give money for their services.
Also Read: Exposing the 10 myths of Hostels in India
By being aware of these secrets, you can take steps to protect your privacy and ensure a more comfortable hotel stay in India.
Get updated on travel deals and trip ideas!
From dancing lemurs to mystical landscapes, our travel guide spills the secrets you NEED to know before venturing into this tropical paradise.
Gulmarg is a popular tourist destination for friends, families, and groups of travelers due to its breathtaking scenery. The region is incredibly beautiful, with majestic mountains, pure valleys, and lush green scenery.
From historic palaces to mouthwatering street food, our guide reveals 15 captivating must-see places that will steal your heart. Plan your adventure now!
Escape to the romantic haven of Ooty with our list of 10 enchanting resorts, from the iconic Taj Savoy Hotel to the rustic charm of Destiny The Farmstay.
Experience Uttarakhand, a place of untouched beauty, majestic temples and a variety of adventure sports, with our Complete Travel Guide to Uttarakhand!
Theme park in the middle of ocean? Hell yeah!
Japan invites Indian students to study and makes the visa process easy!
A curated list of perfect summer escape destinations in India's various hill stations, covering distance, accessibility, activities, and accommodation options. It caters to travelers seeking cool getaways during the hot season.
As of now, Sinan's wheels have rolled across continents, reaching the vibrant landscapes of the USA. His dedication and zeal have not gone unnoticed. Along his route, communities and cities have honored him with awards, acknowledging his efforts.
The daily flights will operate with the following schedule, ensuring optimal timing for travelers: - Departure from Hyderabad at 3:55 AM IST, arriving in Bangkok at 09:05 Bangkok AM local time. - Return flights from Bangkok will depart at 10:05 AM local