By the end of this year I will have spent more than half of it travelling, most often staying in hotel rooms. So, I’ve developed a bit of a… routine.
One of the first things I do when I check into a hotel room, after I immediately drink all the free water bottles (flight dehydration is real!), is fill out the door hanger for room service breakfast in the morning, requesting it arrive roughly an hour before I need to leave the hotel in the morning. I do it first because I’m probably going to be out late and I don’t want to run the risk of forgetting to fill it out later.
Hotel living is sweet, especially if you leave room in your luggage for all the mini-shampoos and towels that come with it. Too bad that taking a break from your apartment for a night is so expensive you'd be better off just buying expensive shampoos and towels. That is, unless you can learn to scam your way into a free home away from home in a way that's totally legal.
There was a time where I considered ordering room service anything as a luxury that only rich lazy people did, but it’s become a staple for me for a number of reasons:
A Food Alarm Clock
While you can certainly answer the door in your PJs to collect your room service, it’s not something I’m going to do. I don’t need to be in full makeup ready to walk out the door to deal with a room service delivery, but I do want to be relatively decently dressed.
Knowing that my eggs are arriving at 7:30am means that I’m going to resist the urge to press snooze one more time when my alarm goes off at 7am, and instead will actually get out of bed and into the shower pre-delivery.
The deadline is good for me. If it wasn’t there I would likely snooze until 15 minutes before I actually needed to leave. Now not only have I not gotten breakfast, but I also haven’t taken a shower and I’m in a rush out the door. Having a food alarm clock of sorts forces me to start moving at a decent hour, affording myself a much more leisurely morning.
You Eat Breakfast
You know that old saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” I don’t know that I buy into that all the time, but if you’re travelling for work and will be in meetings all day, you’ll be happy you had that delivery eggs and toast come 11am. Getting that breakfast delivered means you’ll actually, you know, eat before you head out for the day.
You Can Avoid Chatty Colleagues
I am not a morning person. Inevitably, whenever I try to head to the hotel restaurant for breakfast I run into one if not several other people who are attending the same conference or working as part of the same group. These people are great and I would love to have beers with them in the evening, but over a cup of coffee at 7am I want to talk to absolutely no one. When you go to the hotel restaurant you open yourself up to these people wanting to chat, or worse, wanting to sit with you and eat breakfast together. Room service breakfast affords you a peaceful breakfast with yourself (if that’s what you’re into), and it’s grand.
Get Some Work Done
I always feel a bit awkward pulling out my laptop in a hotel restaurant, but in my room there’s no one to care. I find breakfast time to be a great time to catch up on the morning news and respond to emails, something that’s a lot more easily accomplished from my (literal) bed than out and about.
Obviously, if you’re on vacation and can afford to have a leisurely breakfast by all means go to the hotel restaurant (or even a restaurant nearby) to grab breakfast. If you’re travelling on a schedule though, I highly recommend giving room service breakfast a try. You’ll pay a tiny premium for the service (usually around $US5 ($7)-$US10 ($14), depending on the quality of your hotel), but it’s oh so worth it.