We’ve all been there- it’s just so easily done. You nab your bargain flights to somewhere you fancy, you spend time figuring out what to do and of course where you want to stay. You check reviews, location and what’s included and think ‘Great! This will be perfect’. Only to get there and BAM, the accommodation is nothing like you were expecting. Suddenly the trip has a grey cloud hanging over it and you don’t know what to do. By this time the hotel has been paid for and it’s just not in the budget to up and move somewhere else.
I once spent a few nights in a god awful hostel in Penang with no air con, paper thin walls, filthy sheets and a man snoring his head off on a camp bed right outside the door. It sucked and I didn’t feel particularly safe but it didn’t ruin my time there. In fact, Penang turned out to be one of my favourite places to visit and now I just look back and laugh at where I was staying. So although it may feel that the shit has hit the fan right at the beginning, fear not! I am here to tell you that this doesn’t have to define your trip and you can still make the most of it. After all, every cloud has a silver lining!
SEE IT AS JUST A ROOM
Be honest with yourself, have you gone to that location for the hotel experience or to experience the area? I have stayed in plenty of naff accommodation and find that treating the room as a place to just dump my stuff, sleep and shower really helps. At the end of the day, the memories you will take away with you will be about what you did, not what your room looked like.
LAUGH IT OFF
Sometimes things can look so bad that the only way to deal with it is to laugh or you’ll cry. So make sure you laugh! That way, you’ll get over shock quicker, see it from what it is and move on.
SEE IT AS A REASON TO SEE MORE
What better reason to not spend your morning lazing around in bed? Although it may not be as you intended it to be the best things happen when you least expect them to. So get out and about and see what else you stumble upon.
CHILL OUTSIDE YOUR ACCOMMODATION
I always find it reaches that awkward time of the day when some things are closing up for the evening and the night stuff hasn’t opened yet so you want to go back to your room and chill out. Obviously, if your room is crap then you possibly won’t want to do that. Why not spend time relaxing where all the locals are or head back to a gorgeous park or square you didn’t stop off at in the day. Time to stop and take things in is just as important as going everywhere you can, and being outside amongst it all is far better than being in a hotel room.
PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE
Travel is a privilege and if you travel often it’s easy to get used to it and even take it for granted a bit. In the grand scheme of things, having a crappy hotel room is not the end of the world. It’s important to not forget how lucky you are to be able to experience new places anyway.
DROP A COMPLAINT IN
Although a poor accommodation is not the end of the world, you have of course paid for it. It’s always worth having a word with the manager to express your disappointment and to give them a chance to try to rectify things. Be calm and polite about it and don’t be afraid to ask for changes to be made, or even a refund to be given.