Has the person that designed this room ever stayed at a hotel (incident #523)?

I’m in Chicago this weekend (or more accurately near O’Hare), and am staying at both the Holiday Inn Elk Grove and Westin Chicago Northwest. I’m “staying” at the latter since I need a couple more nights to pass 50 nights with Starwood this year, which gets me 10 suite night awards.

Anyway, sometimes I can’t help but wonder whether the person that designed a hotel room has actually ever stayed in a hotel. In this case I got upgraded to a “junior suite”. I was rather excited when I got to my room and saw it had double doors — I mean, that’s always an indicator that you have an awesome room, right?

And based on the foyer I was even more convinced of that, since it was just about the size of many standard rooms I’ve stayed in elsewhere.


And then there was yet another hallway…


Only to find that the “junior suite” was the size of a standard room, and probably no bigger than the foyer/hallway leading to it.


Don’t get me wrong, it’s a really nice corner room, but not sure that 300 square feet worth of foyers and hallways should change the classification of a room. 😉

The most amazing part has to be that there’s literally not a power outlet anywhere near the desk. The closest is at the far end of the room under the curtains, so you have to lift a few pounds of curtains to plug in any electronics. And don’t even dream of charging your iPhone — you’ll need at least a six or seven foot cord if you want to charge anything near the desk.


Don’t get me wrong, I actually really like the hotel and at $70 per night it’s unbeatable, but I really can’t help but wonder what a design team meeting for hotel floor plans is like — “hey guys, I have a great idea for our junior suites — why don’t we use half of the square footage of the rooms for an entryway?”

Filed Under: Hotels, Starwood Preferred Guest
  1. I am always amazed in some hotels when there does not seem to be a power outet available in an obvious location for work or just to charge a phone.

  2. I’ve noticed a pattern in both your suite upgrades and in my own…they are often into “problem suites” that might otherwise be unacceptable if paying full price. A recent Park Hyatt upgrade got me a wonderful room with large windows looking into a brick building just a few feet away. Four Seasons offered a huge room in the back over a parking lot (declined) instead of my existing “view” room in the front over looking the English countryside and waterways.

  3. eventually the room was meant for disabled people ( wheelchairs ),
    and the table was not present at the place ?

  4. The desk doesn’t look very heavy. Why didn’t you move it?

    (Of course that begs the question – why isn’t it nearer to the outlets in the first place? But sometimes a little self-help goes a long way. And maybe if they find the desk over by the outlets a few times, they’ll get the idea.)

  5. Was this near the corner of the building or the elevators? These are places where architects often show a relative lack of competence.

  6. @ Jeff — Well because my computer cord could reach the outlet, but even if I moved my desk my iPhone charger couldn’t have. That’s because you literally had to lift the heavy curtains a couple feet to access the outlets.

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