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Hyatt Place Survey Reveals Travelers' Quirky Habits

Hotel & Resort | Ryan Rudnansky | April 01, 2015

Hyatt Place Survey Reveals Travelers' Quirky Habits

Infographic courtesy Hyatt Place

People are quirky.

That apparently extends to people who travel, too.

Hyatt Place recently conducted a survey with ORC International about travelers’ quirks as part of the brand’s “There’s a Place for You” international campaign.

Naturally, a survey of more than 1,000 adult travelers is bound to uncover some interesting travel habits.

The survey—complete with an infographic—revealed that 60 percent of travelers have a secret behavior upon checking in. Quirky behaviors include blasting the air conditioning (21 percent), walking around nude in their room (16 percent), using as many towels as they want (16 percent), eating every meal in bed (11 percent), watching reality TV shows over and over again (8 percent) and cranking up the heat (7 percent).

On top of that, one in five respondents said they conduct work calls either in their underwear or in the nude, with males being more likely than females (28 percent vs. 15 percent, respectively).

In terms of breakfast habits, most travelers will indulge, according to the study. Of those surveyed, 29 percent said they will treat breakfast like an all-you-can-eat buffet, compared to 27 percent who eat on the run, 24 percent who eat healthy, 6 percent who prefer those little cereal boxes and 3 percent who stuff some muffins in their trusty container to go.

To accommodate the range of travelers’ breakfast habits, Hyatt Place features Kitchen Skillet, a free hot breakfast for guests that includes signature breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, French toast, cereal, pastries and more.

Of course, as longtime travelers know, it’s also easy to forget to pack an item as you scramble to the airport. Per the survey, two in three adult travelers forget to pack an essential item before departing to their destination, with adults under 35 years old being more likely to forget than those 35 and older (looking at you, millennials). The items that are most commonly forgotten include a razor/shaving cream (28 percent), toothbrush/toothpaste (24 percent), mouthwash (21 percent), phone charger/computer charger (21 percent), deodorant (18 percent) and hair tools (15 percent).

The Hyatt Place Odds & Ends program offers forgotten travel essentials to guests on an ongoing basis so they don’t have to run to the store if they’ve forgotten something important.

Fitness buffs are also in need of accommodation. Nearly one in five travelers hold impromptu workout and spa sessions in the privacy of their own rooms, according to the survey. Hyatt Place features spacious rooms to accommodate these travelers.

The survey also revealed guests’ most valued hotel amenities. Free Wi-Fi predictably topped the list (59 percent), while a large comfy bed (55 percent) and free breakfast (55 percent) followed close behind.

Hyatt Place’s “There’s a Place for You” campaign aims to show travelers that the brand is there for them, no matter what their quirks.

“Whatever our guests’ preferences or lifestyle, our goal is to make them feel welcome, and with Hyatt Place, we feel that we have created a place that is truly for them,” said Suzanne Mehta, Hyatt’s director of brand experience for Hyatt Place, via a release. “We are thrilled that the survey results reveal what Hyatt Place already does so well – creating a perfectly seamless stay for guests with every modern comfort they deserve. We specifically designed the brand around our guests’ needs, and we’re excited for travelers to experience all that Hyatt Place hotels have to offer.”

Hyatt Place also teamed up with lifestyle expert Jenn Falik (featured on “The Today Show,” “The Rachael Ray Show” and “E! News”). Falik offers travel tips and some of her own travel quirks based on the survey on Hyatt’s blog.


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