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May
23/09
Who’s In The Hotel: Security FAIL
Last Updated on Saturday, 23 May 2009 11:58
Written by jj
Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
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I think I’ve waited an appropriate amount of time to post this. I don’t want to implicate the exact hotel, but here’s another security fail to share with you all on this lovely holiday weekend…

Several weeks ago I walked in to a major chain hotel around 9:00 or 10:00pm. When I approached the front desks (there was a grouping of them) I wasn’t met with a hotel receptionist. I was greeted instead with what seemed to be the entire hotel guest list printed (in alphabetical order by surname) and left on the top of the counter.

It took several mintes (specfically, just over four minutes) for a hotel representative to realize I was there and come from an office they were tucked into somewhere behind the desks. I didn’t mind the extra wait, it gave me time to look over the list, giggle and even take some photos. One of which is provided in a blurred format below. (And no, there was no two-way mirror giving them a view to the front check in.)

This post and the “What’s Your Preferred Internet Password?”  post are a tribute to Johnny Long and the Security FAIL image project.

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Jul
08/08
Techie Travels- What Do YOU Look for in a Hotel Room?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2008 04:54
Written by JJ
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
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I’m on the road… again. After some really great (and a few really crappy) hotel stays in the past few weeks, I started thinking about ‘what makes a good hotel’.

Recently I spent one week at a customer in a hotel where the staff obviously was hosting nightly parties down at my end of the hall- from about 2:00am – 5:30am each (yes- every) night I was there. The hotel I’m in tonight has no elevator. Yeah. @#$! That’s what I said. Twice in the past 10 days or so, I’ve been in really nice resort-hotels, so I’ve had the whole spectrum this month and last.

For me, sometimes it’s the little things… I really like it when hotels have conditioner, instead of just shampoo. I like space– so a nice work area is important to me. Of course a big soft bed and plenty-o-pillows is a key ingredient. A whirlpool or jetted tub (in the room) is icing on the cake. Exercise rooms are good, although half the time I’m too tired when traveling or have work to do (I know- excuses, excuses ;). Convenience is also a biggie- I had a run in Las Vegas where *every* room I had felt like it was a 10-minute walk just to the elevators. When I’m on-site for a customer, I also love the hotels with the do-it-yourself breakfast– I can go when I want and grab something before heading out for the day. I love the little lighted makeup mirrors… and of course a full-length for checking out the wardrobe. Plugs! I love lots of plugs. I like hotels that secure the outer doors early and require a key for access to various parts of the building.

Sometimes it’s the bigger things… Hotels with outside-facing doors make me paranoid, and obviously those in neighborhoods where your rims may disappear is not good either. I hate hotels that MAKE me valet park my car. It’s my car, my keys, I park it and I keep the keys- that’s my rule. (My Dad taught me a little trick of telling the valet boys that it’s a company car and against corporate policy for valet- it works!)

Traveling techies sometimes have unique needs or requests, and many of the ‘good list’ is universal for all traveler types.

So, those are some items from my little list… What about you- what do YOU look for in a good hotel?

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Mar
22/08
Hotel’s Dirty Drinks
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2008 04:04
Written by JJ
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
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.. and I don’t mean Martinis.

I’m frequently in hotels. And I’m frequently drinking water. It’s usually room-temperature tap water, so when I started noticing funny tastes and smells in hotel room glasses, it got me wondering exactly how they clean and replace those in-room glasses.

Over the past several weeks I took a mental survey of housekeeping carts. (I frequently sneak an extra shampoo or conditioner at some point, so I’ve usually spent a bit of time exploring the carts, and what’s on them.) I thought about it and realized I’ve never seen glasses (clean or dirty) on any housekeeping carts…. hmm…. they’re not changing them out… so how are they cleaning the glasses?

I was getting ready to post a blog asking just that question when I did a search online and confirmed my worst suspicions. Looks like there’s a nation-wide coup over just this very topic, after numerous TV news ‘stings’ with hidden cameras. On the first search page, I found such video from LA, Maryland and Atlanta, and saw links to several other postings.

If you’re curious… check out some of the findings… I’ll warn you though, in more than one video, there’s a glove, toilet swishing and then glass-cleaning… same glove. (uggggh)

  • Good Morning America Report – link
  • News in Atlanta – link
  • ABC 2 in Maryland – link
  • ABC 7 in LA – link

I think I’ll have to start packing my own bottles… the only dirty drink I want comes with gin and olives. ;)

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