The Italian Hotel Room
Now that I’m home from Italy, let me first tell you about my hotel room. Since my sample size of Italian hotel rooms is now one, I can’t say for sure if any of these things are standard or not, but they seemed new and different to me!
Overall, perfectly comfortable, with a decidedly 70s/80s feel. There wasn’t much of a view, but I could feel the trams rumbling past on the street around the corner.
Nice bathroom, definitely not a Hampton Inn though!
In perfect harmony with the slightly 70s/80s look of the room, mission control was situated bedside…
I think by the third day I figured out at least the buttons on the right; the “Don’t Disturb” activates a red light on a small panel just outside the door in the corridor (which I should have used the first morning when the maid walked in on me in the bathroom). The middle button appears to be a picture of a maid, so perhaps that is a different light to say “please clean this room”?? (Astrid thinks it’s the “call a prostitute button” — but I didn’t test that theory!) Finally, the third one at first appears to be locking the door, but it actually unlocks the door, for those too lazy to get up and walk the 5 feet from the bed to the door (there is a buzzer/doorbell in the hallway).
The up and down arrows operate the blinds (took my co-worker a sleepless night and some early-morning blind repair work to figure that one out), and the other two buttons turn all the lights in the room at once either on and off, which is quite convenient for sleeping time.