A hotel is a hotel, right?

I recently traveled to another country. And no, it’s not one that doesn’t speak English and has never been before, that’s a completely different topic for another article. I traveled to England and for the first time there, I stayed in a hotel and not with relatives or friends. This hotel was located in a big city, close to the train stations and the main attractions, and a beautiful and clean facility. That being said, I did notice some differences from staying in typical North American hotels.

The first thing was that the room used all its space really well. There was a place for everything and everything was in its place. Instead of a headboard, they had used giant framed art pieces that doubled as the headboard and visual focal point of the room.

Since I was going from one electrical voltage to another, I had brought an adapter plug, but discovered that I didn’t need it to charge my phone, since I could simply use the charging station on the wall. But here is something that struck me as odd: the bathroom was separated from the main room space only by a sliding glass door. It did not close and did not even reach the wall, so there was always a space. In North America we are trained to go to the bathroom, close the heavy wooden door, lock it, and then go about our business. Not so, and as a friend pointed out, there was also no exhaust fan or window. The bathroom also had two discharge options: I’ll leave it for you to discover.

Then there was the tissue supply, or the lack thereof. Disposable handkerchiefs are generally available in hotels in North America in both the bedroom and bathroom, but not across the pond. If you travel there, bring yours!

The cutest difference I found was that there was an umbrella assigned to each room, right there in the closet. The note stated that he could use it on his stay but leave it in the room when he left. I’ve never seen that in an American hotel before!

It was a lovely hotel, in a great area in a bustle of the European city. The trip was wonderful, comfortable beds and sweet little differences. Even the staff was as helpful as it could be.