Most people that know me know that I work in a hotel back home in the US, and that I absolutely love it. In my two years there, I’ve learned copious amounts about hotel etiquette, how room assignments work, why hotels are designed the way they are, and much much more. I always love to travel and see stay at different hotels to see how they work and how they’re designed, and since this is my first trip to Europe I was very excited to see what the hotels were like. Our first stop in Italy was Bologna, and it was an interesting experience from the start. When we arrive at the front desk, the attendant took our passports and gave us a physical key (which was so adorable) to our room then told us to come back in 5 minutes for our passports. That was very weird to me, but maybe it’s normal in Europe/Italy. He told us our room was on the first floor, but when we went to go to our room we noticed that the lobby is floor 0 and the rooms start on floor 1. The elevator to get to the first floor was only big enough for me and two full size suitcases, nothing else. This really reminded me of the Lizzie McGuire movie where she goes on a school trip to Europe!
The main topic of conversation among the group was about the bathrooms in Hotel University. It’s important to remember that Europe has a lot of different types of hotels than the US does, especially in terms of bathrooms. The bathroom had a bidet in it, that completely fascinated everyone, but the shower was so small that you could hardly shower in it. Aside from the interesting European bathroom, the other main thing about this hotel is that there was no air conditioning. As Americans we take for granted the heating and air systems that we have, and I quickly remembered how great the A/C is at home as soon as we checked in on a warm spring day. However, none of this was really a “problem,” every single thing is just another interesting thing about my first trip to Europe that I will probably never forget. The no air conditioning situation also had me keep my window open during our stay which let in a nice spring Italian breeze and I got to meet some interesting Italians via my window from the 1st (really the 2nd) floor. Hotels are truly fascinating and so is Europe, so getting to see them both from an American standpoint was really interesting. Hotel University- ciao bella!