HARDIE’S HYPER-AWARD for Country with Worst Hotel Rooms in 2016: Malaysia

img_0746As previously blogged: “I don’t know where Malaysia, and the Phillipines, and Mexico, and maybe a few others, got the idea that rooms without windows are acceptable—but they’re not. On Expedia, they’re generally specified that way (no doubt from cruel experience), but hostel-booking sites may forego the detail. That’s too bad, because I’m a hostel guy and now their WiFi isn’t even reliable—and that’s the reason I became a hostel guy in the first place! Not to mention the issue of fire escapes and proper egress, a technical term…

So the first time it happened, I let it slide, foregoing the request to change. After three days of that I needed therapy, and arguably still do. Remember ‘sensory deprivation’ from the 60’s? It’s like that—or prison. This may prepare you for a bleak future, but I doubt it. They’re air-conditioned, though, if that’s your thing, so that’s the trade-off. I’ll pass. So I quit booking hostels here, and stuck to Expedia. Boo hoo. Of course, the problem with windows is noise from below, so pick your poison…”

And that’s the deal. Many countries have it to some extent, but Malaysia seems to be the worst, which is too bad, since otherwise it’s a very nice country. All claustrophobia aside, imagined or otherwise, you wouldn’t want to be in a windowless room during a hotel fire–case closed. It’s Chinatown, Jake. Good luck out there…

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