At one time, travellers were taking a bit of a gamble when they booked accommodation. Unless they were heading for an opulent hotel that featured a full-colour brochure, the chances are that they didn’t see their rooms until they arrived – by which time it was too late if there were any problems.

Today, be it a hotel, hostel, B & B or private Airbnb rental, the chances are that we have seen our accommodation online – along with several photographs – before we book.

Of course, in the event of any discrepancies, we have the website as ‘proof’ that our accommodation was misrepresented online. In many countries, that misrepresentation is illegal so we are afforded a measure of insurance when we book online.

The downside is that it’s likely that, when we are searching online for somewhere to stay, we are completely bombarded with options – especially if we’re looking for accommodation in a large city or near popular tourist attractions. How can we tell which places are genuinely good?

Most sites these days have reviews from previous guests and they can give us vital clues but a criteria I tend to use often – and I know it sounds crazy – is the colour of the bed linen and the towels. Or maybe it’s not so crazy…

In the 1990s, several hotel chains decided that the bedding they offered in their guest rooms should be white. Their logic was that all-white bed linens (and white towels, bathrobes etc.) gave the impression of luxury. And they were right.

White fabrics show every speck of dirt or dust; every hair or stray eyelash. Choosing patterned or floral bedcoverings ‘because they don’t show the dirt’ is simply gross and something we are all wise to these days.

So for me, it’s simple. When I’m looking for accommodation online, I study those bedroom photographs. The places that offer me pristine white sheets, fresh white towels, crisp white pillowcases, snuggly white robes …  they are more likely to get my business.

I really don’t want to sleep amongst bedding that ‘doesn’t show the dirt’ and I know I’m not alone in feeling that way!




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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