Hotel Brochures that Keep Creeping Back in the Way – My Battle with a Cartoon Octopus

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.

Hongta Hotel Shanghai Flyers 2

Octopus takes my bed

Hongta Hotel Shanghai Flyers 1

Creeping back twice a day

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.

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I’ve never been so traumatized by brochures, I just put them on the side table to on the floor.


hah, I always fight with the maid over where the soap belongs. I hate putting soap in the soap holder thingy because it fills up with water and instead I put the soap on the sink/vanity directly. never ending fight as it is always back in the soap thingy when I come back.


Not that big of a deal in my opinion, although an annoyance nonetheless. My biggest annoyance with brochures/adverts in the room is when I am trying to find the hotel services portfolio and a specific piece of info (like where the gym is located, hours, etc.). You end up thumbing through a bunch of useless info or ads just to get to the section with the info you want.

Just to make the point, I usually put all of the brochures and desk junk, table junk etc. into a (clean) trash can or sweep them into a drawer. I don’t like them. My thing, I guess and the housekeepers will get over it. If it a longer stay, by the third day they usually get the message and stop ‘decorating’ for me. As for linens, I do not mind sleeping on my own sheets for a couple of days. (Do you change bed linens at home EVERY day?) – but I like fresh towels. Just my quirks I guess.

It’s shanghai! So long as they are not abusing your senses too much with stinky tofu, it’s a winner!

Rapid Travel Chai

@Cook – generally I use the cards to re-use the linens and towels, even over the course of a long stay, but housekeeping at hotels often seems to ignore them, more with towels.