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Oct 14th 2012 10:02AM I worked in maintenance for about 3 years at 3 different hotels. Hotels are for the most part independently owned by hotel groups. These groups own between 10-30 hotels on average. Some groups own 50-100 hotels. The more they own the better they care for their hotels. Smaller groups have less capital to work with. A heap of hotels are in need or serious repairs. I see some hotels that are closed down. Hospitality is a very competitive business. Competition lowering their prices will force others to do the same. This removes profits. When this happens 3 departments suffer the most. Front desk, Maintenance and Housekeeping. These departments have a steady turnover in staff. Hotel groups that cut staff and refuse to hire competent people do so because they are in financial trouble. All hotels have some hidden problems. I have seen bed bugs in a brand new hotel. We purchased an RV to travel in and when we do have to use a hotel, we scour reviews for days before we make a choice. As for the staff. They are underpaid, overworked, abused, and expected to cover over any flaws a guest comes up with, even to the point of refunding the cost of the stay. Hotels are pretty much a crappy place to work unless you are a manager of a department. If you find yourself in a hotel that is less than par, don't complain to the GM. You are wasting your time and effort. They will comp you to keep you quite but nothing will change. Ask for the owners email and phone number. Take your complaints to the (owner) of the hotel. As for this guy who got fired, it's a raw deal but it goes without saying... if you work at a hotel and you slander another hotel, in print, you probably will lose your job. The pattern is the same at all hotels. I got sick of working in a dead end job where employers expect you to hang the moon with duct tape. I moved on to a job where my work gets rewarded. You can't find that at any hotel.
Jan 1st 2010 1:14AM Oil dilled radiator heaters are the best. I run them nearly every night in our bedrooms on the lower 600 watt setting. They are very quiet, safe and fairly cheap to run. They won't heat up a room fast so it's best to turn them on 1-2 hours before you go to bed. They work very well in closed rooms. Not much can go wrong with them as long as they don't get damaged. They can make a serious mess it they start leaking. Never ever had it happen to me but it can happen if you damage the seams. I also use them in my RV. Great heat source. About 35.00 to buy. You can't beat em.