But what is the first thing that you notice when you know you will spend some time living in the luxurious rooms of a high class hotel? Is it that feeling of happiness with the daily replacement of gel and shampoo? Or maybe the touch of that fluffy carpet under your shoes? The answer is no, and it will not take too long for you to know it. In fact, it may only take you a few days to understand and appreciate the importance of privacy, the same that you will only have if you place the Do Not Disturb sign on your door. The moment you forget to do it, you will realize that a hotel has more life than you expected: housekeeping, air conditioning maintenance service, minibar reviews... and for each task, one different person. Or two. All this hoping that any worker, deep in thought, not realizing of this DND sign opens your door (which, fortunately not often happens in hotels of these categories).
Once the sign is hanging on the door, another word comes to your mind: safety. It is true that, even though a hotel can become your home, you never feel it as safe as your place, otherwise, why did the safe boxes were invented and placed inside the closets? On the other hand, safety is even a bigger issue when your traveling companions are working tools (computer, office supplies, printer, iPad, iPhone ...). In these and in almost all cases, a safe box protects what is considered important, but taking in consideration that what we carry in the suitcase is all we have, everything could be protected under password. 4 or 6 digits - Enter - Close.
In a hotel, one enters and exits being received and dismissed by the same faces with permanent smiles, which however are not always genuine. You would really like to consider them part of your family, maybe for feeling a little more at home, but you know that kindness in their voices is sometimes true and other just the result of their professionalism... or tiredness when trying to maintain the image that the job requires (they are people, not robots!). But it is not only them who are present in your hotel life, because that is another of the peculiarities of this life: one is never alone. The familiar faces are not limited to the receptionists, bellboys or security guards. There are other "regular" guests, people with whom one comes across in their day to day at the breakfast room, in the lobby or in the gym without even exchanging a word. People with stories and unimaginable occupations: they could as well be secret service agents with their luggage full of security technology or simple tourists returning home with souvenirs and pictures.
For every good thing of living in a hotel, you may find a negative point. For instance, a buffet breakfast with a rich and varied range of culinary choices to start the day forces you, on the other side, to get out of bed before 9AM (depending on the hotel). Reading this you will think that is the usual time when your alarm sounds every morning. Think about it, is it your usual time the 31 mornings of the month?
Breakfast is, though, one of the best parts of this lifestyle and still, after three or four weeks, the nearly 40 dishes options to choose become tedious, and as having 180 cable channels and 'nothing to watch', one goes to the dining room and... "there is nothing to eat for breakfast."
One of the things that, before arriving at a hotel, more worries or excites people is of course the bed. Spacious, full of pillows and always perfectly made, with clean and ironed sheets that make you feel to be sleeping in a new bed every night, it is, at the end, another element that prevents you, despite all amenities, from feeling like at home.
To be living in a hotel, even with all the facilities that it offers, brings some "challenges" that are not really cheap: having an easy and affordable service of dry cleaning that can be used simply filling a paper entails having also the possibility of using some laundry for a very high price; the room service always available forces you to dinner quite elaborate and expensive dishes; having a drink in the hotel bar with new friends that you dared to speak to at the gym is like expending the night out in New York... and so much more.
Living in a hotel sounds for some people kind of glamorous, it is an idyllic adventure for others and, in general, it is simply unimaginable. But as always, the human being and its great ability to adapt make of this just another experience, one to which you just have to get used to and, we must admit, enjoy.