Whoa ... Help, I need a reality check ... Is it me, or have pens (or writing instruments of any kind) and paper disappeared from hotel rooms? Did this happen when I wasn't watching? Is this just another geezer expectation for "minimum standards" for lodgings that have gone the way of the dinosaur as hotel chains adapt to millennials' preferences?
Again - it may just be me - but I just checked into my third hotel in less than a week. (I know, I know, this kind of travel is not healthy.) Two were Marriott properties - one domestic, one outside the U.S., and now I am at a relatively high end Hilton (not my choice, it's the conference hotel).
Fortunately, I'm carrying a pen with me, but now I sure hope I don't lose it.
So, let's hear it, frequent travelers: are you finding that hotels are no longer providing pens and paper in the rooms???? Does anyone else find this to be a hassle?
Well I did take note of pen and paper in my room for this past weekend at the JW Marriott Downtown. They had pens all over. Hmmm I didn't think to even take one! Dang it. Mail me one Jsucool76? ;D
It's a real scramble when on the phone and you are trying to find something to write with. What kind of Marriott? Where there desks?? ;D
ssindc, you are not imagining things. I've noticed that the pads of paper have turned into one or two sheets, as several have noted. And there used to be pens and paper on the desk and night stand, but those seem to be fast disappearing as well. I guess desks are going away in certain properties which, for a business traveler like me, is a major disappointment. But I am old, and apparently the young 'uns are all working down in the lobby, Starbucks, etc. I prefer to work in my hotel room by myself in private.
I've yet to come across a room without a pen and at least a small pad of paper. Admittedly, some of those rooms didn't have pens after I left, but that's an entirely different subject. Some places still have pens and paper on the desk and the bedside table. Most just have one set on the desk.
The pads of paper have gotten smaller (number of sheets, not physical dimensions) everywhere, however I have not seen a complete disappearance of in-room pens and paper.
All is not lost!
Just checked in to the Renaissance Newark (EWR) airport hotel, and ... HOORAY ... there's a pen on my desk (and it's a fully functional work desk with a comfortable, adjustable office chair on wheels). Sure, there's only a note card, rather than a pad of paper, but I can work around that...