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What women really want (from a hotel room)

Sure, a comfy bed and well-stocked minibar are great, but have you ever used a hotel hair dryer that gives you professional-looking locks in minutes?

It may seem trivial to those who can give their wet hair a little towel-dry and be out of the door before you can say “John Frieda”, but for those of us who have to put some effort into looking presentable, a bad hotel hair dryer can be the worse start to a day.

“Why not pack your own,” I hear you say. In an ideal world, yes, taking your own trusty hair dryer is the perfect solution, but when faced with baggage size and weight restrictions and the inevitability that you’re probably packing last-minute, a hair dryer is often a compromised item.

Those in the meeting and events industry know that if a conference serves a bad lunch or a venue is poorly signposted, it can ruin an event and even cause mild anger among delegates. But the importance of a powerful hair dryer seems to be neglected by event organisers block-booking rooms for delegates.

If hotels across the world had a unified stance on hair dryers – whether they were all as powerful as an industrial fan or as weak as a child trying to blow out birthday candles – then those in need of drying assistance would at least know where they stand. But the truth is, every hotel is different.

Worse than a weak hair dryer that resembles someone warming up their hands with their breath, is no hair dryer at all.

We’ve all been there, frantically looking for that hair dryer that you suspect is in the most random place in the room. Such as in the third drawer down in a four-drawer chest or tucked under the bathroom sink. But upon full inspection of every nook and cranny in the room, you realise that the guest welcome pack (that you didn’t read) tells you to call reception for a hair dryer.

If you weren’t already running late, you sure are now.

There is speculation on the “Front Page of the Internet” (aka Reddit), that some hotels purposefully use weak hair dryers so guests don’t steal them. However, one Reddit user rightly points out that if you stole a hair dryer or any item from the room, you would be charged for it anyway.

Yet, this doesn’t stop some hotel presuming you want to steal their hairdryers anyway. So, to add insult to injury, sometimes you’ll find the hairdryer attached to the wall. In these scenarios, the hairdryers are usually weak and require a Schwarzenegger-like strength to continually hold down the “on” button.

Basically, a bad hairdryer experience is a frustrating way to start the day. So, event organisers, if you’re looking to block-book hotel rooms for your delegates, enquire about the type of hairdryers and let your delegates know.

Even if they are the wall-hanging, weak dryers we so desperately dread, at least we know in advance.