You know I always think of that Peter Sellers line whenever I check into a hotel. You know, as Inspector Clouseau? These days the counter personnel are far more helpful than the guy who helped him ("I thought you said your dog did not bite?" "That's not my dog."). And things are pretty competitive among hotel chains lately. Some offer a third night free if you stay for a previous two nights. Others, offer weekend packages with meals and events. There are some I'd like to explore. They offer golf packages...my latest passion.
There used to be a time when hotels would offer a choice between smoking and non-smoking rooms. I always found this funny and in my mind would equate it with sex, for some reason. Remember that joke "Do you smoke after sex?" "I don't know. I've never looked?" Yeah, that's just how my mind works. Now of course all rooms are non-smoking. Which is probably a much safer way to have sex.
On the weekend I came across a story about a new trend in hotels. It seems the Crowne Plaza chain is testing a new feature in hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Britain aimed at doing what hotels do best...providing a good night's sleep.
Are you ready for this? The hotel chain is offering it's customers "snore absorption" rooms complete with the latest snore control technology...and it's much more than supplying you with a box of Breathe Right strips. You know, those little band-aids you paste onto your nose?
The rooms have sound proofing, anti-snoring pillows and white noise machines. Anti-snoring pillows? We all have those. You just take a pillow and smother your offending partner.
In some hotels, the chain employs "snore monitors" who patrol the corridors designated as QuietZones and listen out for offensive noises and knock on the doors of those who snore too loudly.
I'm comforted by this latest development in the hotel industry. Indeed, I'm one of those "noisemakers" that would probably take advantage of it.
Now if only they can reinstitute those "smoking" rooms for that couple banging the headboard in the room next door.