Often people have affairs during the day, to keep their spouses from knowing about it. They’re supposed to be at work, maybe they grab a hotel room over lunch?
But the logistics of it just don’t seem to work. Hotels clean their rooms precisely when people want to use those rooms for affairs.
- Standard hotel check-in time is usually 3 p.m. or 4 p.m.
- Check-out time is often 11 a.m.
- That leaves a four hour gap in the middle of the day where you can’t be sure of having a hotel room. Those are the exact hours of the affair.
Comedian Kate Barron thinks people are booking two nights and leaving most of the hotel room time unused, wondering if maybe she could use the time, maybe hit the hotel gym or take a swim in the pool?
If you book the night before, you might not be able to have late check-out, and that’s no help. If you try to check in early you might show up with your paramour and not get a room? That would be awkward.
So are people booking two nights of hotel to get a single block of a couple of hours in the middle of the day, booking the night before and the next night?
Elite status helps here, but it really depends on the chain.
- Hyatt and Marriott allow guaranteed late check-out at most hotels. So book the night before and don’t check out until after lunch.
- Marriott Ambassadors can do ‘Your24’ if requested in advance and the hotel approves, check in any time and check out 24 hours later. But fewer hotels seem to approve these requests than in the psat.
- Hyatt and IHG both offer, but do not guarantee, elite early check-in. Without a guarantee this doesn’t seem helpful.
- Hilton status is the least useful here, without a late check-out guarantee.
When I was growing up I’d always heard that prostitution takes place at ‘the kind of hotels that rent rooms by the hour’. But now that I’m more engaged in travel, it occurs to me that I’ve never actually come across a hotel that rents room by the hour.
Hotels By Day markets day use rooms and also normal hotels for a few hours. Is Hotels By Day really a tool for affairs? Is that what people are using?
And I wonder if Hilton should really be marketing their inferior Honors status as the most family-friendly status among major hotel chains. Their (lack of) benefits are designed to ensure fidelity for their most important guests?