Some musings on French hotels…..most likely true for all European hotels…..
If they have them, the elevators are very small….there’s room for one person & one suitcase…..or two people…..or two suitcases. And the 1st floor is the Ground floor, so if your room is on the 1st floor, it’s really on the 2nd floor.
Electricity is expensive so most lights are on timers…..short timers. After turning the light on in the hallway you can usually make it to your room before the hallway goes dark again….usually.
French beds often use a “traversin”….a long bolster at the head of the bed….instead of individual pillows. Only comfortable if you’re extremely tired or in a coma.
The toilets have separate buttons for “little” and “big” flushes…..enough said.
Bathtubs are tall…..maybe 6″ higher than the bathroom floor.
If there’s a shower in the bathtub, there probably isn’t a shower curtain. If you’re lucky, there’ll be a swinging glass door that will keep some of the water off the floor…..some, but not all.
Between the tall tub and the wet floor, getting out of the shower can be a dodgy proposition.
No washcloths…..don’t even bother asking…..they don’t exist.
You need to leave your key with the Reception Desk whenever you go out….perhaps because they’re expensive to replace…..or perhaps just because that’s what they’ve always done.
Does any of this bother me? Not at all…..it’s part of the charm of being in a different culture.