Bossy is becoming something of the travel expert, having spent more days away this summer than home. But when it comes to booking a hotel room online, Bossy is still thrown into a state of confusion.
In Bossy’s childhood, when dinosaurs roamed the gaseous silica that would become the earth, there were only a couple of options for hotel rooms. You could get one bed, or you could get two beds.
Fast forward to now. Bossy understands that with the digital age comes more complicated concerns such as Should your hotel bed be a queen or a king size mattress?
But there is no excuse for the plethora of indiscernible options available when booking a hotel room online. Shall we?
Let’s assume Bossy wants a hotel room with a king size bed because she is a very sound sleeper.
A simple search for a room revealed the following option:
But wait! There’s more! For an additional mortgage payment, that same hotel features a Concierge King:
And for those worried about allergens, for the price of a plane ticket to somewhere you’d like better, the hotel offers a King Pure Room:
This isn’t the only hotel that has a confusion of offerings. A different search revealed a hotel which features a King Standard A and a King Standard B:
Bossy can sum up her experience booking hotels online in this way: The room’s location within the hotel makes the difference. Darn!
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you share with Bossy and her council a hotel room story, good or bad? Or share a tip about booking a hotel room! Or just say hi!
And be sure to check back later today for the best hotel room stories on the web.
Kristina saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:26 am
Last room available. 7 people. 2 beds. Night from HELL!
Hubs and I. Delicious King bed. No kids. Heaven!
Jacquie saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:29 am
always dissatisfied with the room booked, I request an upgrade
BOSSY saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:35 am
Always check the hotel’s site, not just online booking agencies.
BOSSY saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:35 am
Don’t assume the room assigned is the best you deserve.
BOSSY saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:36 am
Bossy & her mom once stayed in windowless room. Never again!
BOSSY saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:38 am
Bossy always asking if the windows open. Air a must.
MomQueenBee saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:40 am
Let Husband, the Pricelineking, make your reservations. Always perfect.
Charlie saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:41 am
In 10 words:
Book whatever, check in, throw fit, demand a new room.
This is a tradition we started at campsites. We carefully study the camp map online; call and ask lots of questions about pets, water sources, bathrooms, etc.; then when we arrive find some petty reason to be dissatisfied (like too many pine needles) and change sites. Easily adaptable for hotel rooms, provided they’re not totally booked. In which case, Plan B: bribery.
Choosy saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:42 am
Never near the elevator or the pool. Ask. Use “girl” card.
Chrissy saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:44 am
Dried love juice on sheets (!). Blood (!). Also smelled like curry.
Moral of the story: Don’t let a production crew book a room in a town you don’t know in Mississippi.
hokgardner saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:58 am
This summer, stayed in a hotel like the first photo.
Summer saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm
Lip prints and fingerprints on glasses, even in nice hotels.
Summer saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm
I wish they made condoms for hotel remote controls. Ick.
mitzie saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm
How long do you want the room. Just tonight. All night? New management since our last stay!
mitzie saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Also, MIL always called after trip. Did you check the mattress for bedbugs?
BOSSY saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm
Was a chambermaid. Hotel glasses don’t get washed, just “wiped”.
Kathy from NJ saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm
1200?’ suite, 3TV, 4phones, 2fireplaces, 1+1/2 baths, 2 walkinclosets for regroomprice.
Kathy from NJ saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm
1200 square feet
Alexis Park Hotel, Las Vegas
Needed 1st floor
BOSSY saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Opinions: Do hotels give better rooms to those booking through them or travel sites?
Denise saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm
Don’t stay in the room next to the ice maker.
janet saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm
Fear not the low-rated Cancun hotels. They’re all just fine.
Kizz saysAugust 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Old couple’s undies & bird feathers in the bureau. Truth.
AngstyJen saysAugust 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm
First trip with boyfriend, now hubby. Hotel screwed up reservation. Got room with heart-shaped jaccuzzi. Way to up the vacation nookie pressure!
kathy saysAugust 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm
fantastic London trip! Hot! no air conditioning. spoiled ugly Americans
kathy saysAugust 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm
first time in a GOOD hotel. young. ate all the goodies
kathy saysAugust 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm
we have to pay for it?!! call folks for money!
WebSavvyMom saysAugust 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm
–>Booked two rooms in my MIL’s name for military discount.
WebSavvyMom saysAugust 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm
–>We also have the exact same name including middle initial.
kathy saysAugust 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm
the most expensive cashews I ever had in my life
heather saysAugust 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm
slept with our shoes on. no returning to morgantown’s ramada.
Amy saysAugust 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Got in at 2 and left by 7. No problems getting up from that bed!
Olivia saysAugust 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Naive young Olivia goes to “motel party” – WAIT!! It’s WHAT???
Angela saysAugust 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm
The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful saysAugust 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm
What’s with the fucking hotel taxes?! Throw in hand job!
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysAugust 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm
Drunken brawl outside my room. Demanded money back. Got it.
bobbie saysAugust 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm
Check DaveBarry’s review of “The Hotel Shpennsylvania” – funny but true.
Debby saysAugust 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Priceline highest star, beg for 2 beds, see cute kids?
Jami saysAugust 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Back of building, upper floor, end of hall, away from elevator, vending and ice machines.
LaurieB saysAugust 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm
IN *9* words…
There are no good hotel stories, stay at home!
Heh, I spent too much time as a musician on the road. It gets real old, real fast.
KathyB saysAugust 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm
SF, two rooms converted to suite, 2 full baths, heavenly.
Bev saysAugust 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Surrendered; bought a motorhome; travel with our bed and bath!
Meg at the Members Lounge saysAugust 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm
W on Upper East Side.Get view of Chrysler Building. (Must add I never sleep because then I gaze at it all night)
BossysMom saysAugust 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm
A small cabin in Napa, vineyards inches away. Miles of privacy.
BossysMom saysAugust 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm
On the other hand, Nevada Test Site, in tent to protest.
BossysMom saysAugust 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm
Oh, motel rooms. Thought it was places you’ve stayed…
pam saysAugust 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm
Well Thank You Bossy. Shall never book online again, thanks!
Cupcake Murphy saysAugust 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm
The room smells like pee,right? It’s NOT our imagination.
Dara saysAugust 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm
NYC Times Square hotel for daughter’s 9th b/day; she loved!
Cupcake Murphy saysAugust 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm
Rule Number Always: We must have a nice expansive view.
Arli saysAugust 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm
Dad to concierge: ” Show my wife 3rd room first. Save time. “
Kristin saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm
Hotels in Miles City Montana have horrible, saggy beds
Cage Free Family saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm
kids found drugs under the bed, tv was broken, sleep number bed wouldn’t inflate… $90 room.
Sheryl W saysAugust 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm
San Antonio toilet not stuck on ground, tv stuck on porn…
Mary K saysAugust 24, 2011 at 1:56 am
Sign on back of door: No bird cleaning in room!
Kathi Struthers saysAugust 24, 2011 at 5:32 am
Disney. Cheap husband. Kissimee fleabag, wet sheets, post-coital carpet.
tracey - justanothermommy saysAugust 24, 2011 at 5:44 am
Tub wouldn’t drain and toilet got clogged from a #1.
Blog Princess G saysAugust 24, 2011 at 8:36 am
Booked online… room in basement of hotel with janitorial department.
mitzie saysAugust 24, 2011 at 9:16 am
Chemistry conference New Orleans. Other convention Narcotics Anonymous. Dear God!
It seems you only have to swear off illegal drugs in NA. You can consume all the booze and cigarettes ever made.
Natalie saysAugust 24, 2011 at 9:35 am
The only extra sheets available had dark curly hairs attached.
leslie saysAugust 24, 2011 at 10:29 am
Go luxury or go home. All or nothing for us.
heidig saysAugust 24, 2011 at 10:47 am
#50 made me laugh so hard I almost peed myself. Can’t beat that one.
Kris saysAugust 24, 2011 at 11:07 am
Daughter conceived in Bellagio, Vegas. Son conceived Holiday Inn, Omaha.
Apparently I’m very fertile in hotels.
Sewmouse saysAugust 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Booked Online. Requested Non-Smoking Room. Spent 5 days with smokestench.
mitzie saysAugust 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm
So we pulled into Rapid City SD around dusk. Only one hotel still open. He said we were in luck, the last room left was the Honeymoon Suite. Room came with a small trash can filled with ice, holding a half bottle of champagne. Also had mirror tiles on ceiling over a round, white fur throw covered bed. Shower had what looked like a window in it. I stepped in and pulled back the curtain,,,, flashed Main Street. Thank God they roll up the sidewalks early in Rapid City. Way more than 10 words but how to condense it all?
jp saysAugust 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Used Bookit.com, ‘secret’ hotel…….Lovely Gaylord Palms, stayed again!
p.j. saysAugust 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm
Call hotel – talk with person there to get info needed.
AngAK saysAugust 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm
hawaii. $$$ jacuzzi deck room. surfer movie filming. constant noise.
Lori in mn saysAugust 28, 2011 at 12:51 am
Couldn’t let kids remove their shoes or go near tub.
Lori in mn saysAugust 28, 2011 at 12:54 am
Last room available, rodeo in town. Plastic sheets, vibrating bed!
Christina saysAugust 28, 2011 at 9:36 am
Shoes on in room and shower. beach towels on top of bed and used our own blanket. Hit the landromat before going home to make sure we had no passengers.
Allegra saysAugust 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm
“Lingerie show nightly in bar for motel friends and guests.”
What in the heck are ‘friends of the motel?”
Allegra saysAugust 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Government travel meant room by the ice maker and/or elevator.
BossMama saysAugust 29, 2011 at 1:40 am
Hey #13 – they do make condoms for your remote control – check out Zaplex.com (anti-bac to boot!)
How ’bout finding pubies stuck to opened soap in shower?!?
Piper saysAugust 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Friend slept in hotel bed with a rock near his feet. It bugged him all night. He found out in the morning it was actually a dried up turd. True story.
More than 10 words. I tried.
Piper saysAugust 30, 2011 at 10:27 pm
Must add that friend knew it was a turd because he fished it out of the sheets then threw it across the room with a girly shriek when the realization hit him.
I asked him if he demanded money back. He just left.
I would have screamed all the way to the front desk.
Summertime saysSeptember 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm
Lobby featured huge Kevin Costner photo on the main wall.
Room featured placard asking no cleaning of pheasants in bathtub.
(Somewhere in South Dakota, I think, truckstop motel, only option at 4am after 18 hours of driving. We slept on top of the covers, and were warned by the proprietor to not complain if “her truckers” woke us up in an hour or so.)