Sometimes I wonder if the people who own hotels ever stay in them.
There's three or four basic non-luxury things any hotel needs in order to make the guest's stay pleasant. They don't really cost money, but they take some thinking about the guest's needs.
1) Outlet near the bed. This is essential by 2013. I need to charge my phone at night. My phone is also my clock, and I need to set the alarm to wake up. But the only outlet is all the way on the other side of the room. What am I supposed to do? So easy for the hotel to just install an extension cord or new outlet if they had thought about the guest, but just hasn't been done. I asked for an extension cord, and they were happy to lend me one, but it was short and still didn't reach across the room.
2) Shelf in the bathroom. Another super easy one. Where am I supposed to put all my shower/toiletry stuff? My contacts, my hairbrush, my toothbrush. Can't stand this. Have to cram it all into the tiny ledge of the sink, but then constantly knocking it off. Just a no-brainer.
3) Lightswitch, or lamp near the bed. Most hotels have this nowadays. But here you have to turn off the light near the door, then stumble across the pitch-black room to the bed. Make sure you don't leave anything on the floor, or have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
4) A desk would have been nice. If you want to get work done here, as I did, you either have to lie on your bed with the computer cord stretched across the room (can't sit, because again, the outlet issue), or go to the lobby (but no outlets there either).
The hotel is clean, the staff is friendly, so there's no issues there. Location is very good. Laundry service would be nice - they recommended a place down the street, but that place didn't have express service. Not critical. Just a few simple, cheap improvements would have made this a perfect, affordable place to stay.
- Also Known As:
- Midori Inn Davao/Davao City