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Hotel Forces Guest to Charge Laptop and Cell Phone in Bathroom Outlet

Would You Stay at a Hotel That Wasn't Tech-Friendly?

Hearing the story of someone forced to charge their gadgets in a hotel bathroom makes me shudder. And a little angry, honestly.

The offender, a Sheraton hotel in Philadelphia, didn't provide any outlets in the entire hotel room, forcing the guest to plug in laptop and phone in the loo.

The obvious danger of the proximity to water, added to the huge inconvenience of something I consider so important, would compel me to pack up, check out, and find another hotel that could accommodate me. Sure, I'm a gadget freak, but aren't we all traveling with technology these days? I hate when I can't get free WiFi (or WiFi at all) in a hotel, and I think it's time they conformed — especially considering that over 80 percent of you said you were interested in tech-packed hotels.

But video game console amenities and iPod docks aside, what are your priorities when traveling? Would you stay in a hotel that wasn't tech-friendly?


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Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
Oh man does this one hit close to home right now. Let me go one step further: How about a hotel that didn't have electricity at all? I'm in AR where we just got blasted by a massive ice storm on Monday the 26th, the power went out Tuesday morning, and our generator got delayed in transfer so we had to go to a hotel Tuesday to keep from freezing to death. Most of the hotels in the area at the time had electricity but had gotten booked in the time it had taken us to heat lap people back and forth, and this particular hotel was unlucky. So, we go stay there out of sheer desperation. The worst part is they actually charged us more than they stated they would when we made the reservation. $100 to stay in a room with no electricity for the night, during a natural disaster. Try that one on for size. If it says anything, most of us in this area are still a lot of electric. We finally got our generator and one of our "necessities" is the modem, router, and my laptop. It's kind of sad -- our phone company will bury their lines, but the power company won't. (Under normal circumstances, no...if it doesn't have outlets at the very least, I'm not staying. WiFi is a 75% of the time must, depending on desperation.)
xjackiex xjackiex 8 years
The only way I will stay in a hotel without free wifi is if it's extremely cheap and has a great location (or some k-pop celebrity I am stalking is staying there). Other than that I avoid this problem by ALWAYS staying at courtyard by Marriott or Fairfield Inn by Marriott... Point is Marriott is where it's at for people who need internet like a comfort blanket poo on all other hotels who have yet to get with the program.
jelibeann jelibeann 8 years
oh, that reminds me...the lamps were all those wall sconce-style things, so there were no outlets for them...AND there was no alarm clock! we had to rely on the wake-up call service which worked 2 of the 4 times we tried to use it...never again :)
scissorz scissorz 8 years
i'm getting so used to having all of this tech around me i don't know what i would do without being able to charge. plus, so many hotels are for business travel now, you would think they would want to accommodate those people
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
I work in hotels and I become even more peeved if a hotel does not have proper outlets. Even overseas the hotels had convertors only in the bathrooms for 120 to 220. But then there are hotels that have the right outlets which definitely comes in handy.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i don't stay in a place without free wifi. i mean come on? the cheapies give it to you for free so why do upscale hotels charge?
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Since we own our business that relies on technology I must have access to power and internet at all times. Even on our honeymoon. I knew what I was getting into when I married the boss ;-)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Vacations are tech free. So it's not important to me if the hotel is "wired" or not.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Oh I also agree with people on the fact that a lot of hotels don't have very good outlets or they're in odd places. People use them to charge camera batteries or cell phones or, if you're weird like me, you plug your hair dryer anywhere but the bathroom.
verily verily 8 years
I haven't had to travel for business yet, so it doesn't really matter to me if the hotel is setup for tech or not. I have an iPhone that gets me the net pretty much anywhere and I can pick up AT&T's wifi in a lot of places. Or free wifi in cafes if I'm willing to buy a cup of coffee (I'm always willing to buy coffee ;)) Outlets for chargers are nice though. I'm amazed that there were no outlets at all in the room. What were the lamps and the clock radio plugged into?
JenBrett JenBrett 8 years
The worst is staying at a hotel that caters to business groups and charges for internet. I stayed at one that charged in 12 hour increments, ugh!
Katie-Kat398180 Katie-Kat398180 8 years
I voted "Something Else." My husband and I don't normally travel with a lot of gadgets, but we do have a camera that needs charging, our cell phones, and our lap tops. If the only outlets in a hotel were in the bathroom, we would make do for the trip, but would certainly not stay there again.
jelibeann jelibeann 8 years
We actually just came back from 2 weeks in Europe and our first hotel (a very modern one, visually, anyway) was completely lacking in appropriate outlets. I didn't bring my own hairdryer, knowing I would need a converter and reading on their site that they had one in the room - it wound up being plugged into an outlet under the desk on an extremely short cord, nowhere near a mirror. It couldn't be removed from the outlet, leaving only one other free outlet in the entire room - none in the bathroom at all! Very odd. I don't consider myself high-maintenance by any means - just a gal wanting to dry her hair before heading out for a day of sight-seeing in 20 degree weather :)
ocpinay ocpinay 8 years
It is convenient for me to bring my laptop on vacation so I do look for hotels that have internet access. I find it easier to look for nearby attractions and places to eat in when I can go online. Plus I take a lot of photos on vacation and it's easier for me to just upload them as I go instead of having to upload them all when I get back.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
The only reason I like to bring my laptop is to store pictures on because I usually take A LOT! I also like to e-mail them to family every few days instead of one big batch at once. It's also nice to have if you want to look up stuff about attractions, restaurants etc, because not all of us have iphones.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I don't need WiFi, but I need outlets. I always have my cell with me. And if I had a camera that needed charging, I'd like to plug that up too.
kia kia 8 years
I have traveled to eco-chic places that don't even allow you to have your cell phone on at their premises. It depends on the purpose of my travel. I like "getting away from it all" and not plugging anything in if I don't have to.
w w 8 years
I prefer having wifi, though I don't consider it absolutely necessary 100% of the time - like the others, I don't always bring my laptop etc with me when I'm on holiday, especially short ones. I do however, ALWAYS bring my cellphone with me, and I normally use it as an alarm as well as a phone. So not being able to charge my phone by the bedside would definitely annoy me. That said, I could deal with my phone being on a study table or something of the sort which is where outlets are more likely to be found. Only having them in the bathroom is really dangerous and I would definitely take issue with that. Even more so if I had an expensive camera that needed to be charged, or my laptop, on me!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I don't travel except for getaways and the last thing I want to do is hang out with my gadgets (like I have any!) But even if I did I wouldn't want them. If I needed them for work and I traveled for work, then yes I would definitely want a room with the proper ammonites, but for a hotel to require it I don't think so. If they have it yes they should probably advertise that. Otherwise you the consumer should ask about them when booking if they aren't advertised.
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 8 years
If I need those things -- laptops, wi fi, etc. -- then I wouldn't stay at a hotel that didn't have access to them. But if I'm on vacation, my iPhone would suffice and I don't need those tech portals.
syako syako 8 years
I agree with Ziv, I don't usually bring tech on vacation. However, if I was traveling for business, I would have been irate.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I don't normally take any tech devices with me on vacation. I fear having my laptop stolen and I don't want to pay long distance on my cell phone. Besides, I go on vacation to relax and get away for a while.
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