I don’t travel well, especially when it comes to getting to sleep in a strange bed. Besides my inherent fear that someone will break into my room, there’s always the lovely sounds of hotel neighbours to rouse me before I actually get to sleep.
Having just returned from the hip and happening W Westwood in Los Angeles, (where I must admit I felt 100 years old just like last time, more on that later), the first article I wanted to write was this one. You know, for next time.
So, if you’re a restless, weary traveler, consider the following:
1 ) When checking in or booking the room, ask to be placed at least 2 floors away from the hotel’s hot spot. In the case of the W, make it 6 or more. I was on the 4th floor and heard BOOM BOOM BOOM until 1 a.m. Not ideal when I had to be up at 6.
2 ) Also request your room not be near the ice machines or the elevators. Even if the mechanics of these areas are quiet, there will be the human element pouring off the lift or digging in the ice machine for just one. more. drink.
3 ) Unplug your phone or ask the hotel to put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode if possible. No need for drunk dialers to wake you if you’ve already managed to crash.
4 ) Double check your alarm clock for obvious reasons. You don’t want to be up at 4 a.m. unless it’s your flight you’re looking to catch.
5 ) Use ear plugs, if you’re so inclined.
6 ) If you’re the type to get up in the night to use the washroom or get a drink of water, make sure your foot path is clear and save yourself the trouble of getting up for water by leaving a glass of water at your bedside.
7 ) Close your curtains before bed.
8 ) If your neighbours are particularly rowdy, you could try calling the front desk but if that fails, don’t be afraid to pack it in and go to the front desk for a new room. Personally I don’t mind the sound of happy party people. For some reason I feel safer if I know there are people around.
9 ) If you’re going to watch television to fall asleep, set the timer for sleep mode. That way you don’t wake up to the Slapchop dude screaming into your dreams.
10 ) If you don’t want hotel staff to wake you up in the morning, be sure to use your Do Not Disturb sign.
Personally I find having a couple of drinks at dinner gets me lubricated enough to slip into dreamland a little easier. Hopefully sleep finds you at your destination!
Photo Credit: Karen Bodkin