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I have spent the past week in a tug of war with a cartoon octopus over my hotel bed.
I am on business in Shanghai again with another stay at Starwood’s The Hongta Hotel. I am not fussy about hotels, when I am on leisure travel many of my rooms do not even have phones, let alone the finer things. Spending time at chain hotels on business brings out little conveniences and annoyances.
My #1 trivial annoyance is the brochures that cover desks and beds. Dining, spa, sneaky charity donations, it takes a minute or two to get them out of the way. At check-in they are fine. I do not mind the ones to give an option to not change bedding or towels. This time at Hongta I am developing a soft spot for the cartoon octpus advertising a free calamari appetizer at Danieli’s restaurant. Yet I find it really annoying when they keep creeping back, both after morning cleaning and again for evening turndown, so I have been forgoing the chocolate and putting up Do Not Disturb in the evening to avoid turndown.
Readers, what is the most brochures you have encountered in a room and how aggressively have they been placed? There must be some quirky/unfortunate stories.