I remember fondly when my wife and I were still dating and started traveling to fun and exotic places together. Well, except for the fact that she used to bring everything with her when she traveled. She never really believed me when I said the hotel would have a hair dryer. And, occasionally I would be wrong and there wouldn’t be one. Those days are long gone. I don’t recall any hotel I’ve stayed at since before American Idol or Survivor existed that was absent a hair dryer.
With a new program they’ve just rolled out called “Hyatt Has It“, it sounds like Hyatt listened to my wife (and lots of other women) and are now offering a ton of staple items and a bunch of stuff I wouldn’t consider basics. All are essentially free for the asking.
The flat iron and curling iron are things I always see my wife tuck into the suitcase for travel. An in-room humidifier would be a huge plus for me in markets like Denver. Hyatt is also promoting the fact that they’ll hang the item in a bag on your door handle with a subtle knock so you don’t have to hop out of the shower or otherwise stop getting ready to answer the door. For the most part, though, when I read the list I found it was focused (as expected) on things a woman might normally need, no offense to guys who do yoga. So, I suspected I wouldn’t be testing this service out anytime soon.
And, then I left my toothbrush at home when I left on a recent business trip. Toothpaste isn’t an issue since it’s a Hyatt brand standard to have a tube in the bathroom of every room. I called downstairs to ask them to bring up a toothbrush, which they said would be no problem. I was meeting a colleague in the club lounge so I slipped the do not disturb sign on the door and headed out. I figured that would be a good enough signal to the hotel employee bringing up the toothbrush that I wasn’t going to answer the door.
I returned a bit over 30 minutes later and there was nothing hanging on my door knob. That was a bit disappointing but not the end of the world, I figured I could just go downstairs and buy a toothbrush. Needless to say I was a bit surprised when I noticed a toothbrush, some mouthwash and an extra tube of toothpaste in the bathroom. I generally consider the do not disturb sign as a big, bright red stop sign for hotel employees. I wasn’t overly disappointed, just surprised.
Anyway, I’ll be interested to try the program again when traveling with my wife, as there are plenty of things on the list she could take advantage of.
Now, I just have to convince her not to pack that flat iron…..