A hotel is a hotel, right?

I recently traveled to another country. No, not a non-English speaking speaker, not a subject I have not visited before, as this is a completely different topic to another full article. I traveled to England for the first time ever, stayed in a hotel and not with relatives or friends. This hotel was in a big city, close to train stations and main attractions, and a nice, clean facility. However, I noticed some differences from staying in typical North American hotels.

The first thing is that the room made good use of all its space. There was a place for everything and everything was in place. Instead of the headboard, they used giant framed pieces of art that doubled as a pivot and visual room hub.

Since I was going from one voltage to the other, I brought an adapter plug with me, but I found that I don't need to charge my phone because I can simply use the charging station on the wall. But here's the weird thing, the bathroom was divided from the main living space in the room only by a sliding glass door. It didn't lock and didn't even get to the wall, so there was always a gap. In North America, we are trained to go to the bathroom, close the heavy wooden door, lock it, and then do our work. Not so, and as a friend pointed out, there was also no extractor fan or window. The toilet also had two matte options – I'll let you know that.

Then there was tissue supply, or lack thereof. In North American hotels, tissue is usually found in both the room and the bathroom, not on the other side of the pool. If you are traveling there, bring with you!

The most important difference I found was that there was a canopy for every room, there in the closet. The note in it said you are welcome to use it on your stay but to leave it in the room upon departure. I've never seen it in a hotel in North America!

It was a lovely hotel, in a large area in a kind of hustle and bustle of the European city. The trip was great, comfortable beds and sweet little differences. Even the staff were as helpful as they could have been.