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What irks you

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Fairiesfolly Mon 02-Sep-19 13:20:39

Coming up to our golden wedding and trying to find a nice break away for a few days. Looking on AirBnB and I can’t stand it when looking through a possible booking you come across a picture of the bathroom with the toilet seat up. The other thing that irks me is sloppy bed making and coloured sheets! White white white sheets are the only acceptable colour when I am looking for BnB or Hotel etc.

Found a lovely little place and it was spoilt by messy bed and toilet seat left up for the pictures!

Perhaps I am too fussy!

What are things you look for in a special break away be it Hotel or BnB or self catering? What irks you?

Gonegirl Tue 03-Sep-19 12:44:54

I am staying in a little barn conversion in the wilds of mid wales at the moment. The fugly oil fired 'wood burner' is irking my irk beyond all recognition. What the hell is a carburettor anyway? DH won't help as he is sh-- scared of the thing.

Oh, and I think I have wrecked the 'Roman' blind.

sarahellenwhitney Tue 03-Sep-19 12:41:11

Bradfordlass72.I would always opt for a twin bed room.
Twin beds prevented me disturbing DH who unlike myself never into hotel entertainment which could go on until dawn and I made the most of.

moggie57 Tue 03-Sep-19 12:40:54

what irks me .is people with mobile phones that stop suddenly in your path, and you collide into them. then they say cant you look where you are going. grrrrrrrrr...

Charleygirl5 Tue 03-Sep-19 12:35:54

I have a nasty, suspicious feeling that none of you lot would want to stay here. Everything is pristine but obviously not the quality of sheets and towels that you would expect!

PernillaVanilla Tue 03-Sep-19 12:15:30

I'm quite happy with coloured bed linen, provided the quality is OK. I rather worry about white stuff getting tea stained or marked if I'm careless with it. I really don't mind how a toilet is photographed, we all know what it is for. Fluffy towels - YES!

vickya Tue 03-Sep-19 12:07:24

The thing about tartan or coloured sheets is that you can't tell as easily if they are clean. That's why hospital ones are white.
And only cotton. Not any mixture. A shower instead of bath is fine. The toilet must be en suite and not on another floor. I'm less bothered about the quality of the gels and soaps as those are a bonus. Most people expect something of that sort and so don't take them with them though. Lots of tea bags and coffee packets, hot chocolate and biscuits is nice.

grandtanteJE65 Tue 03-Sep-19 11:42:12

Well, I was taught as a child that the door to a bathroom or toilet should be kept firmly closed.

My great aunt lived in a house where the toilet was in the direct line of sight for anyone standing on the front-door step, so she naturally preferred the bathroom door closed!

If you were taught that a toilet seat (and/or lid) should be kept down, of course you find it off-putting when the seat is up.

However, if the place looks clean and comfortable and the price is right, choose it. You can put the toilet seat down on arrival.

The colour of the sheets doesn't bother me, as long as they are cotton and washed in eco-friendly non perfumed washing powder or soap. Not something a photo will tell me, I admit.

whywhywhy Tue 03-Sep-19 11:39:21

I'd love to be able to go away so the photos wouldn't irk me. Chill.

annifrance Tue 03-Sep-19 11:04:59

I have twice had to stay at airport Holiday Inns courtesy of Easyjet, once in Toulouse and once in Gatwick.

I was amazed!! It ticked all the above boxes, the Toulouse one even had an English plug socket. The food and wines were excellent.

The staff in both were delightful and uber helpful, sorted my wifi, in Toulouse where I had 24 hours to kill the receptionist provide me with a map, a what's on and directions.

I thoroughly enjoyed both enforced stays.

dragonfly46 Tue 03-Sep-19 11:03:07

I am very wary of hotels having stayed in a very famous one where my DH contracted Legionnaires disease!

maddyone Tue 03-Sep-19 10:55:49

Bellocchild, check the reviews, you’ll soon find out if the pictures misrepresent.

maddyone Tue 03-Sep-19 10:54:55

I’m with Ellan, somewhere REALLY special, after fifty years you deserve it.

Also I’m with Paddyann, good quality bedding is a must, in my home or in a hotel. I never use airb+b myself, too much of a gamble, if I want a rental, which we do for a laid back, casual holiday, I go to and Tripadvisor to check reviews. Otherwise, for a special break, I choose a good hotel, again I check reviews before I decide. If the hotel/rental is merely clean (it absolutely should be) then I may as well stay at home, where I have all the comforts I want.

NannyG123 Tue 03-Sep-19 10:48:40

Clean, no holes in sheets. That's all I need.

Bellocchild Tue 03-Sep-19 10:33:47

I get cross about lovely attractive online pics of holiday rentals, but ancient worn-out uncomfortable beds and sofas when you actually get there. Hotels do tend to have better quality beds and mattresses, suitable for all comers.

LizaJane24 Tue 03-Sep-19 10:33:32

Bradfordlass72, just curious about bed sharing with old man. Is it any random old man or your own old man you had in mind? I'm not feeling my best and that made me smile. Thanks

Nonnie Tue 03-Sep-19 10:24:29

I'm currently looking for a place for a family holiday and Airbnb can be quite irritating. Places which have a minimum stay of 7 nights should give enough information to answer standard questions and should have enough photos to back them up. Why advertise somewhere for 10 people and only have a dining table for 6? Why put clever photos and not say what size the pool is? Some of the pool photos look like one side is on the edge of a cliff! Think I'll stop now! Yes, I've changed to other sites!

GrannyGravy13 Tue 03-Sep-19 10:12:59

These are my “must haves”

White bedding
Closed Toilet
Separate shower (detest over bath showers)
Windows that open properly
Prefer balcony/terrace
Tea/coffee making facilities
An Abundance if white fluffy towels
White Fluffy bathrobes (travel carry on luggage only frequently, hence no room for bathrobe)
Cannot see the point of going anywhere to get less/lower standards than at home.

henetha Tue 03-Sep-19 09:31:51

Nothing like that irks me. Life's too short.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Tue 03-Sep-19 08:52:30

I hate properties which have no outside space as I like to go into the garden with a cup of tea. It's one of my simple pleasures.

SirChenjin Tue 03-Sep-19 08:42:51

Thanks Fairies grin

Fairiesfolly Mon 02-Sep-19 21:59:52

SirChenjin. Feel free to have a good moan and get it off your chest lol. ? yes those things I can’t stand either.

Have had some fantastic hotels over the years, some grotty ones that I have refused to stay in and some great ones as well as great Air bnb’s. Not ever had a bad air bnb from memory only hotels! I think I have found a good one now though far far away down in the depths of Cornwall!

Yes I admit to being fussy, we can’t all have the same requirements as it would be a boring old world with nothing to moan about would it. We shall have a thoroughly good time exploring the far west of Cornwall returning each night to a lovely cosy apartment. Looking forward to it.

SirChenjin Mon 02-Sep-19 21:33:26

I don’t like: rooms that aren’t lit properly; carpets that don’t match; very limited amounts of tea and coffee in the room; too much noise from other guests; poor quality freebie shower gel and soap in case I want to take them home; heating/air con that’s tricky to work.

So many things and I can probably think of lots more - after a very unsuccessful session at the gym and then listening to the news on the way home I’m in a thoroughly bad mood and I’m having a good moan.

BradfordLass72 Mon 02-Sep-19 20:51:17

When my sons were growing up and could use the main toilet not the potty, I stuck a cork to the cistern so that the toilet seat could not stand upright permanently.

It was a small inconvenience to hold it whilst they widdled and also meant they never spilled over onto the floor as they were leaning ever-so-slightly forward.

I didn't see the value in constantly hassling them about seats being upright when there was a painless alternative which would teach them a respectful lifetime habit.

DanniRae Mon 02-Sep-19 20:46:12

Yes I agree with SalsaQueen - "Clean, comfortable and decent" and you are too fussy!
You can't have been on Gransnet long if you thought you would get away with a post like that!

Alima Mon 02-Sep-19 20:46:08

Probably that word “irks”. I think you need to chill Fariesfolly.