Hotels can bring you and enjoyable experience with clean, new surroundings and service to the hilt, but then there are times where you have booked yourself a nightmare. Some of my worst stays were due to not researching out the property before staying there. So here is a short list of how to get the most Z’s for your sanity.
1. Pick up a book
Get online and check out the reviews. Not just from the hotel itself but Trip Advisor has been in the business for years so you will have a long list of postings. Look at the more current reviews, the hotels change through the years good to bad, bad to good.
2. How about a soda?
That would be fine but when booking your room request one away from elevators and vending machines. If staying in a city with late night revelers as they come in no doubt you will hear them if located near those areas. Make sure the laundry room if on your floor is further down the hall. You are there to get a good nights sleep without too much noise.
3. Not very conventional
Many hotels have convention centers in them, in fact you might even be there to attend. Ask for a room at least 3 levels above to keep the noise level down while you sleep.
4. Relax Renew Unwind
A warm bath before bed is a great way for your body and mind to relax before bed. Happiness is a long, hot bubble bath.
5. Counting on time
I’ve had nights of worry in hotels whether the wake up call will be on time or even come through for that matter. Your cell phone should have an alarm but for a better nights sleep bring a small travel clock with alarm for added confidence and a good nights sleep.
6. Tea time
Before leaving home pack some chamomile tea in your bag it works well to calm your thoughts and help you to sleep. Melatonin is very good at relaxing you too.
7. Back away from your computer and turn Facebook off
I know its hard but give up the computer especially Facebook but at least 2 hours before going to bed turn off your computer. Its a mind stimulator that can keep you up for hours.
8. Room with a view
That may not always be a good idea depending on the location of your hotel. Busy streets, busses, late night partiers are a huge distraction for sleep if your room faces the street. After booking your room call the hotel direct to request a room away from the street or trash bins that garbage trucks may be emptying in the early morning hours.
9. The neighbors from H-e-double matchsticks
Ever have one of those neighbors that talk and make noise all night? I have, and even worse when my son was younger, a few times it was enough to make you blush! Don’t feel embarrassed to call the front desk and request a new room. Most desk clerks understand these problems.
Can’t sleep? Rather than flopping over trying to find a comfortable position turn the TV on, lower the sound then find something boring to watch. Before you know it you will be snoring away. If you have bad television reception pick up a magazine or newspaper in the lobby before heading upstairs or grab a book then read until you are tired.