Today, while waiting a rather long time for a lift to take me just one floor, I got wondering. In almost all the hotels I stay in, the only option to get between reception and your room is to take a lift.
For a hotel with 10+ floors, I can see that making sense. Well, unless you're on the bottom few floors, and don't want to wait for the lift to travel all the way down to collect you! For a hotel with just a few floors, the lack of stairs for those who want them seems odd.
Actually, let me clarify that - the lack of useful stairs for getting between your room and reception/breakfast/the gym. The hotel I'm in now, in keeping with most of the ones I've spotted the problem in, does have staircases as part of their fire exits. However, these don't have a door on the ground floor, but instead have an alarmed door out into the carpark. Just what you want in the event of a fire, but not much help for avoiding the 3 minute lift wait when you just need to go one floor down for breakfast....
Does anyone know why so many hotels don't have usable guest staircases, especially for lower floors? Especially hotels that don't require a keycard in the lift