Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Travel Tip: Hotel Iron from Hell

Do you test the hotel iron before using it?

The only packed dress shirt of a consultant at a meeting today was ruined when he found (the hard way) that his hotel iron had coffee or a dark liquid inside it instead of water. It's a really nice hotel too, and hard to imagine who in the world does that (bitter housekeeping employee? drunk guest? someone who was trying anything to heat up coffee?)

I once ruined a favorite linen jacket that had water drip onto it from a hot iron; and others have certainly had "sticky things" on the bottom of the iron not noticed, then ironed permanently into travel clothes.

Do you routinely check the bottom of a hotel iron and/or test it on a towel first? Does the coffee stored in the iron make me know for sure I will from now on? Yes.

[End of the story: yes, the hotel did offer to buy him breakfast and launder his shirt. Not that either really helps at 8:00 for an 8:45 business meeting.]


Anonymous said...

Yes, I always check it out the night before, making sure it heats up properly and testing on a towel for residue. BTW I really enjoy your blog!

David M. Patt, CAE said...

When you check into a hotel room, examine everything you think you may use - iron, drinking glasses, bed sheets, toilet paper, etc. Don't use anything that doesn't meet your specifications.