The First Things I do When I Check in to a Hotel

When I check in to a hotel I am one huge nerd. I like to look through every drawer and cupboard, skim every magazine and book and take lots of photos before I basically mess the room up like Taz, the Tasmanian devil from Looney Tunes.

Once I have taken it all then it’s time to get down to business. There are always certain guarantees.

First up, test out the comfort level of the bed in the only way I know how. Jumping on it, because you can’t really get away with jumping on your own bed at home. I then like to flop down and get swallowed up by the fluffy cozy duvet and pillows.

All that jumping around definitely really works up an appetite, which makes it the perfect time to whip open, that room service menu and order 1 of everything. I mean if you can’t do it when you are on vacation then when can you. There is something special about getting food served on a silver tray.

Wash it down with a nice cold beer or homemade cocktail form the mini bar. It’s a bonus if the mini bar is included in the nightly rate of the room.

Coming from New York, having access to a bath is a small luxury many take for granted. I thankfully do not and feel #blessed when I check in to a hotel room with the biggest bath possible. I fill her up, make lots of bubbles and soak all those travel germs away.

A great bathtub is a bonusAnd once all those have been ticked off the list, I guess it’s time to go explore the new city you are in. That is if you can tear yourself away from the ultra cool room.

Steph_profHerstory is a weekly column on women and travel by Steph Ridhalgh. Steph is a Sydney born; New York based television producer and travel blogger. Not one for being quiet for too long she simply loves talking about travel and lifestyle.

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