Things to do Immediately After Entering your Hotel Room

Things to do Immediately After Entering your Hotel Room

It may be tempting after a long day of traveling to throw your stuff all over the hotel room and plop yourself down on the bed. Take a step back, and make sure you do these important things immediately after entering your hotel room! 

This guide will give you a checklist of everything you should do before you begin unpacking your belongings!

If you find your hotel room is not suitable for your needs, and exchanging rooms is out of the question, follow these tips to improve your stay!

Continue reading for more on things to do immediately after entering your hotel room!

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1. Inspect for Cleanliness

The first, and most obvious, thing to do immediately after entering your hotel room is to inspect for cleanliness. Quickly look around the room, and make sure there are no obvious stains or messes. 

Check the sheets for stains, the tub for stray hairs, and the floors for any cleanable stains. 

Once the major areas look suitable, move onto smaller areas such as the desk, inside the dresser drawers, and inside the closet.

During your inspection, if something seems off to you, or looks as if it hasn’t been cleaned, don’t hesitate to speak up! Hotels are pretty good about meeting customer needs and switching you and your guests to a different room if needed. You might even get an upgrade! 

2. Bedbug Check

When inspecting the sheets for cleanliness (try not to touch the comforter for these reasons), do a check for any unwanted critters in your bed. 

Any signs of bugs in the bed should be an immediate phone call to the reception desk. There is no reason you should have to deal with bugs, even if there is just one or two.

Plus, bedbugs can travel with you and get into your suitcase. You don’t want to bring them home with you! 

Here are some tips of things to do if your hotel has bed bugs

3. Sanitize

Hotel rooms are VERY dirty. If you are intrigued, check out our list of the grossest areas of your hotel room!

Before unpacking your belongings, its time to get down to business and sanitize everything. Bring a pack of disinfecting wipes with you so you can kill those germs! 

Start with the door knob, and make your way into the room, cleaning everything from the light switches, remote, bathroom counter, faucet, and other surfaces. Anything you can imagine many people have touched, give it a good wipe. 

This is a great way to help prevent getting sick during your vacation. Hotels do not have a lot of time to deep clean each and every room, so quickly go through and clean things up a bit!

4. Test Light Switches

Another thing to do immediately after entering your hotel room is to test the light switches. This might sound silly, but imagine going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, only to find your lights don’t work! 

This only takes a few seconds, so make sure you will have light when it gets dark out! 

Test the bathroom, hall, and bedroom lights, along with all lamps in the room. Also, take this time to make sure the TV works.

Avoid touching the remote, though, until you can sanitize it! 

5. Check Alarm Clock

This is a super important thing to do immediately after entering your hotel room. The last thing you will want on your vacation is to wake up at 5AM because the last guest had that alarm set!

If you will need to wake up at a certain time the next day, take this time to set the alarm. If not, make sure the alarm is turned off!

You want to get the best sleep possible during your stay! Here are some other tips that will help! 

6. Check the Thermostat

Another thing to do immediately after entering your hotel room is to check the thermostat. The last thing you want is to wake up in the middle of the night to a 90 degree or 50 degree room.

Take some time to familiarize yourself with how to use the thermostat, and make sure it turns on (and off!)

This should only take a few seconds, but can be a life saver if you are traveling somewhere really warm, or really cold!

Let the front desk know if it is not working correctly, or you are having difficulty using it. 

7. Check the Mini-Bar

If your hotel room has a mini bar, make sure to do a quick check to make sure it is stocked. 

Items in the mini bar are often overpriced, so you want to make sure you don’t get charged for a drink or snack that wasn’t stocked to begin with!

Make sure the mini bar seems to have all the items it should. You can even take a picture, in case there are any questions in the future! 

8. Take Comforter Off Bed

Another important thing to do immediately after entering your hotel room is to take the comforter off the bed. 

You can read all about how gross hotel comforters are, here. But, use your imagination. 

Taking the comforter completely off the bed will ensure you don’t touch it as much, or put any of your belongings on it. 

You can place it on a chair or sofa, if there is one in the room. Another option is to fold the comforter down towards the end of the bed, if you don’t want to take it completely off. 

9. Check Amenities

Especially if you did not pack soap, shampoo, etc., make sure your hotel has provided you with new bottles of the amenities. However, make sure you check out our ultimate packing list so you don’t forget anything! 

If a bottle looks low, or you realize you also forgot toothpaste, don’t hesitate to contact the front desk. 

It would not be fun to get into the shower in the morning and realize you have no shampoo! Additionally, make sure you have enough toilet paper!

Check ahead of time, so you don’t run into these problems! 

10. Put Do Not Disturb Sign on Door

Last but not least, place the do not disturb sign on your door. This will make sure you don’t have interruptions during your stay, or uninvited hotel guests entering your room! 

The do not disturb sign can also be used as a safety measure. If a room has the do not disturb sign on the door, people will assume someone is in the room, and will not enter. 

Here are some other hotel safety tips for your stay! 

Now, you can finally begin to unpack and relax! Thank you for reading things to do immediately after entering your hotel room! We hope you will find these tips useful. Leave a comment below, we would love to hear from you! 

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