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It is 10 am and the front desk attendant started heading to my room at E.Gwada Hostel in Guadeloupe. She was in search of my key for their 10 am checkout.
(I was already in the lobby because they can’t be bothered to have a router that extends coverage to the room next to the lobby, or a curtain that extends coverage over the room window. The private rooms are next to the shared bathroom and shower, and the rooster lurks outside – only stay here if, like me, you need a last-minute cheap room during French holiday season, which seems to be year-round).
I have recently had a string of hotels with early checkout from the Bahamas to Norway. Nassau’s Comfort Suites Paradise Island is 11 am, doesn’t mention that at check-in, and wants $40 for checkout between 11-2. Norway’s Spitsbergen Hotel is also 11 am (I was walked there due to renovations at the Radisson Blu).
My earliest ever checkout time was 7:30 am at the Megapode Nest Tourist Complex in India’s Andaman Islands. A rate for 9:30 am checkout was agreed by phone on their urgent 7:30 am calls, and a staff was sent to my door to collect the money in case I ran off at 8 am.
I assume the reason for this is to save cost on housekeeping. Early checkout provides more regular work hours to service rooms. I don’t see any of these hotels offering earlier checkout than others.
Perhaps what I like even less than the early checkout times is that these hotels rarely make any effort to call this out when booking or at check-in. Customers go in expecting noon and if hotels are going to impose on guests in this way, they should come clean.
Readers, what is your biggest hotel annoyance?