I recently traveled to another country. And no, not one who doesn't speak English, and not one I've never been to before, that's a completely different topic for a whole other article. I traveled to England and stayed there for the first time ever, staying at a hotel, not with relatives or friends. This hotel was in a big city, close to train stations and major attractions, and a beautiful, clean facility. That being said, I did notice some differences from staying at typical North American hotels.
The first thing was that the room really made good use of its space. There was room for everyone and everything was in its place. Instead of a headboard, they used giant framed pieces of artwork that doubled as both a headboard and a visual focal point of the room.
Since I was switching from one voltage to another, I brought the adapter plug with me, but found that I did not need to charge my phone as I could simply use a wall charging station. But here’s something that seemed weird to me, the bathroom was separated from the main living space of the room by glass sliding doors only. It didn’t lock and it didn’t even reach the wall, so there was always a gap. In North America, we are trained to go into the bathroom, close the heavy wooden doors, lock them, and then go into business. Not so, and as a friend pointed out, there was no extractor fan and no windows. The toilet also had two flush options – I'll leave that to you.
Then there was a supply of tissue or lack thereof. North American hotels usually have tissues in both the room and the bathroom, not on the other side of the pond. If you're traveling there, bring your own!
The dearest difference I have found is that an umbrella is allocated in every room, there in the closet. A note on it stated that you were welcome to use it during your stay, but to leave it in the room when you left. I've never seen this before at a North American hotel!
It was a lovely hotel, in a great area in a European hustle and bustle. The trip was wonderful, the beds comfortable, and the small differences sweet. Even the staff were as helpful as they could.