This entry is a personal observation and pet peeve. Why are hotel rooms at business hotels so dark and poorly lit? I would think that hotel managers would look to make their rooms more attractive to business travelers who need to be more productive on the road. However lately this does not seem to be the case.
Over the last three months I have stayed in more hotels than I care to mention and in each I have found that rooms have taken one-step forward and two steps back. The one step forward is the large screen HD TVs placed in refurbished rooms. The picture is great and I travel so much that I actually delayed my purchase of a large screen HD TV at home because there is no need.
The two steps backward are in how refurbished rooms have lost workspace and the lighting of that workspace is terrible. Desks in hotel rooms now often hold the phone, an ineffective table lap, the coffee maker, cups and miscellaneous advertising placards enticing me to order a movie or go down to the sports bar. Now when I need to work more than ever, I have less space and less light to work with.
Back during the dot com boom many hotel chains made big investments in their hotel rooms. They created mini-workstations with full sized desks and I remember the Hyatt actually replicated a cube in the hotel room. While we can debate the wisdom of extending the ‘cube’ experience into a hotel room, these spaces made me more productive. The work area in these rooms was well lit with ready access to outlets and the Internet. I guess all that good workspace cut down on people going to the bar or the restaurant.
Now I am faced with a dilemma work in my room that has about as much light as a medieval monks room, or stop working and just watch TV. With the demands we all face today I find myself ruining my eyesight as I turn up the brightness of the computer screen and try to get more light on the computer and my notes. I am sure that the cleaning staff is getting upset as well as they have to keep picking up the phone, coffeemaker and all of those placards off of the floor when I make room to do work.
I have thought about bringing my own light. Either an LED light that connects to the USB port or a collapsible deck lamp could do the trick. However, I have not tried that yet more out of concern of what the TSA will think when they see a desk lamp in my carry on luggage. Don’t know if that makes me a safety risk or not.
What do you think?
Am I crazy trying to work in a hotel room while I am on the road?
Does this make me too much of a corporate tool, giving in to the man?
Are there others out there recognizing how hotel rooms have dimmed and how do we make our point? Or,
Should I just sit back, flip on the TV and enjoy 70+ channels of ‘not much’ on the tube?