Electric kettle in hotel rooms?

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Electric kettle in hotel rooms?

Post by JohnD » Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:40 pm

Anybody know why some hotels in Thailand do not supply an in-room electric kettle?
I mean there is a flat screen TV but no electric kettle.
I carry a small one in my luggage, but don't really need that sort of excess baggage in a small suitcase.
(Years ago, I used to carry a small electric spiral element but cannot them find on sale now.)

Likewise (while we on the subject), I carry a small low pillow as the tendency now is to supply one high pillow rather than 2 low pillows (to save on laundry?). One night on the high pillow can result in a stiff neck or worse.
I stayed at a hotel in Siem Reap last week and some of the net comments were pillows 'too high'.
However, I was pleased to find that on one side of bed was low pillow, on the other side a high pillow - I think a response to this criticism. I had to change rooms and both rooms had this pillow mix.
I know that more expensive hotels can give a pillow choice - one I remember had a choice of six pillows types.

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Post by hin » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:56 pm

Agree. But big pillows might correlate with other Asian mental processes. If a drink has ice it will be almost all ice, almost no drink. If you say sugar they dump in the whole bag. If there is music it will be full on. If there is air con it will be full down, room freezing. About not providing an in-room electric kettle, maybe a matter of PR. Possibly the guests get irritated when they notice that the plug will not fit the power points at home.

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Post by Big Boy » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:29 pm

I actually don't think it's so much the provision of a kettle. In many hotels, I find even where a kettle is provided, you've normally got to unplug something like the TV or fridge to be able to boil a kettle. Even if hotels have sufficient sockets, you invariably find plug configuration is different to the socket configuration. A few times I've had to go to the local 7-11 to buy an adapter.
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Post by Vital Spark » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:12 pm

We found during our travels that most Asian hotels don't have kettles - it's a kind of Western thing. We got round that by buying one of those plug in elements off the net JohnD is talking about. We pack a couple of mugs, teaspoon and coffee and we're sorted.

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Post by Vital Spark » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:20 pm

This is what we've got.

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Post by hin » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:27 pm

About not providing an in-room electric kettle, maybe a matter of PR. Possibly the guests get irritated when they notice that the plug will not fit the power points at home.
It was a British joke BB - u gotta think about it for a while - the cords on the hotel’s equipment will not fit the guest's power points at home

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We have had several little elements like the one the OP describes and VS illustrates. Very handy but you need to be cautious as when the cheap ones get old you can get a dangerous shock from them. Especially if dipping a spoon into the water while it is plugged in. Likely the reason they are difficult to find now. Possibly moisture eventually penetrates into the element allowing it to short out.

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Post by Big Boy » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:05 pm

hin wrote:
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It was a British joke BB - u gotta think about it for a while - the cords on the hotel’s equipment will not fit the guest's power points at home
Many a true word spoken in jest. I've had to buy a few adapters over the years, to the extent they are the first thing I pack these days. Many hotels only have 2 pin sockets, but devices these days tend to have 3 pin.
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Post by caller » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:30 pm

Re: kettles. I check on the net first and if it's not stated they have one, I don't stay there. Once or twice a 'kettle-less' hotel seemed the best option and the other half called them to check and lo and behold, they did actually provide tea and coffee. I always take my own tea bags though.
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Post by hin » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:35 pm

I always saw kettles in Singapore. Even in the cheapest hotels. Maybe because the people there are more well behaved so do not expect them 2 b stolen

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Re: Electric Kettle?

Post by RCer » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:02 pm

I've found hotels with a full service restaurant, especially one serving western breakfast, will tend not to have a kettle.

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Re: Electric kettle in hotel rooms?

Post by MDMK » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:22 pm

isn't it just question of calling reception and asking for a kettle? (if there's none in the room I mean)

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