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Inspired by this guy >>1652327 . I made a thread like that ages ago on /int/ and it was quite fun.

I've been working as a hotel receptionist for the last 5 years, I deal with people from all over the world on a daily basis.

Any questions?
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>>1652525
>I've been working as a hotel receptionist for the last 5 years,
Aren't you burned out? I've worked as a receptionist a couple times and by the end of the season (5 months in give or take) everybody in the hotel hates eachother and their jobs

Also how many languages do you speak, and do you work the whole year or just part of it?
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have you seen a drop in business because of airbnb?
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How did you get the job? any tips for any anons trying to get into the industry?

I speak a few relevant languages so figure I'm pretty suited to tourism work
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>>1652547
I kinda like my job. I mean, when you work in customer service you end up hating humanity as a whole, but I like the fact of being able to talk to people from all over the world (even though you get the usual asshole every know and then).

I used to work in an online marketing company before that and I was dying out of boredom every day in front of the computer.

I speak native Spanish and Catalan (very useful, I know), I'd say native English as well (lived in the UK for 2 and a half years), and basic French and Italian.

>>1652551
Maybe a little, but not anything substantial, at least where I'm from (Barcelona).

>>1652558
Honestly I got into it by pure chance. I moved to the UK because back in the day I couldn't find any job in Spain, started as a kitchen porter and ended up working as a night receptionist in a hotel.

Since my city is fucking packed with hotels it was not difficult to get a job back home (although I came back for personal reasons, I was really happy there).
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>>1652565
Do they pay you a livable wage?
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>>1652525
Do you fuck any of your coworkers in the hotel rooms while guests are away?
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Which is worse: guests who try to check in outside of designated check-in hours, or guests who check out fuck-off early (like 3:00 to 5:00 AM)?
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As far as guests are concerned, what nationality is your least favorite?
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>>1652619
I get like 1,400-1,500€ per month, depending on night hours and so on, and apart from that we get money under the table ("tips" from taxis, restaurants...).

I mean I know this is 4chan and everyone gets 300,00$ a year, but we are talking about fucking Spain. Can't complain really.

>>1652630
No but I wouldn't mind with some of my colleagues.

>>1652718
Check outs really early are absolutely fine, even better actually, then on the morning shift housekeeping can start cleaning the rooms as soon as they got in and you have the rooms ready early.

Early checkins are annoying, specially people who get to the hotel at 9:00 and insist on when the room will be ready because "they are very tired after a long flight". That's not my fucking problem mate, if you need the room so badly you should've booked the previous night as well, you cheap fuck.

>>1652721
Israel. By far. I've worked in a few hotels and everyone hates them. Then I'd say Indian people and some rich Arab families. Then you have the Chinese... Oh, and French people. Fucking French, man.

On the other side, Australian people are fucking cool, as well as Canadian and (believe it or not), most of the Americans. European people in general are very nice and I specially love Argentines.
PS: sorry if I misspelled or didn't explain myself properly, I'm at work right now and caffeine hasn't kicked in yet.
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>>1652525
Aren't most male hotel receptionists gay?
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>>1652848
People say that about any men in female-majority positions. Secretaries, hairdressers, masseuses, nurses, flight attendants, fashion designers, dance coaches, etc.
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>>1652857
Well dance coaches are definitely gay, let’s just be honest about that
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>>1652848
I'm thinking and I can only remember two gay colleagues.

It's basically what this anon says >>1652857. But yeah, dance coaches are gay.
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>>1652864
I learned how to breakdance from a straight guy. The weird part for me was that he's white.
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>>1652869
Well, I guess break dance is acceptable for a straight guy, lol.
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How much do I need to bribe you to get an upgrade from a standard room to something cool? What’s the best way to do the bribe?

Guy brings back a different much younger girl each night. Probably hookers. Do you care or notice? What do you do?
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>>1652844
>1,400-1,500€ per month plus tips

what’s the rent like in Barcelona?

Do you get discounts if you want to stay in an affiliated hotel?
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>>1652525
Does anyone on the hotel staff ever fuck a guest in their room? What are the odds of a guy sleeping with the 9/10 friendly receptionist? Odds on him getting to lick her luggage rack?
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>>1652848
supremely
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Do you work in an independent hotel or part of a chain? If you have experience in both which is better to work at?
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Do you ever notice guests taking back women they clearly didn't check in with? How do you perceive that? I'm always kind of worried that I'll be noticed, stopped and cockblocked, since that happened to me the very first night I traveled out of my country on my own and tried to take a chick back to my single room in a hostel in Madrid at like 3 in the morn
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>>1652565
Te bastant de sentit, i diria que es com jo em sentia quan treballava a l'hotel, també m'encantava treballar en 3 o 4 idiomes i trobar-me a gent d'arreu. Curiós que hem pres camins similars a l'inversa: jo em vaig fartar de treballar cara al públic i ara treballo a una cuina a Alemanya. Es paga bastant pitjor, però no tenir que aguantar ni clients ni al cap em compensa pel moment.

Per cert, si t'interessa, amb el nou conveni a Balears pots arribar a cobrar casi 2000€ al mes de salari base, depenguent de la teva experiència i la categoria de l'hotel. Eivissa (d'on jo venc) es car però Menorca i Mallorca poden ser assequibles. Això si, treballes 6 mesos a l'any com a molt.
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Not OP but imma answer some of these becasue I'm bored waiting for the train
>>1652889
Staff fuck guests all the time, although some have the common sense not to do it in their rooms. Entertainers specially fuck a bunch of guests, but bar staff and reception also partakes, even though at a lower rate. The only receptionists I've worked with that have fucked guests have been male, but it can also be that the females are more discreet.

>>1652872
Can't bribe for upgrades, that's just retarded. If you want to be upgraded just say so and we'll tell you the rate per night, most hotels will give the receptionist a comission per upgrade sold aswell.
>>1652914
The night shift 100% notices if you are bringing a non-guest into your room, specially with pros. Depending on the hotel policy and how willing I am to enforce it, you might be charged a cockblocking fee.

>>1652888
Rents in Barcelona are atrocious and among the highest in all of Spain, although you can somewhat offset the costs if you are willing to live in the outskirts.
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>>1652844
what is it about Israelis?
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>>1652926
Bringing pros back to the hotel is obviously a no-no, but other tourists or nom-professionals? You'd seriously block dat cock?
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>>1652926
I already assumed all the winking and repeating of "call me at ANY time if you need assistance with ANYTHING" whenever I check in during business trips meant that they are dtf, but now I know. Thanks.
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>>1652957
>"Sure, can you write down the phone number I should call? ;)"
>"Sir, the number is zero on the hotel phone. Now can you please move along? You're holding up the line."
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Of course OP I got questions: what are some good books/online courses to learn about hotel management? Some anon a while ago suggested me the book by Cornell University about hotel management, it's cool but a bit too high end (it talks about companies like Mariott, Hilton)
I'm interested since I'll run an agriturismo (italian hotel+restautant... kinda)
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>>1652957
There's this one cute girl working at a hotel I go to several times a year. I've never been quite sure if she has occasionally been flirting with me. I just assumed that nah, she's just being friendly, she could get into trouble and all. But this made me think.
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>>1652957
>>1653091
Keep in mind that my experience comes from working in large hotels/resorts in Ibiza, which attracts a certain kind of crowd (both guests and workers). Even there it was sort of frowned upon and you were supposed to keep it discreet. Smaller and more metropolitan hotels are probably much more strict with that kind of stuff. Also, hitting on people that are working towards the public is generally a shitty thing to do because
>1. They are forced to be nice to you (which you may misinterpret as flirty).
>2. They can't tell you to fuck off outright unless they want to risk being fired.
Not saying that it ain't nice getting interest from guests, numbers and whatnot, but most of the time it is unrequited and awkward.

>>1652949
Pros are actually the most common occurrence, and if you work enough night shifts you end up getting to know some of them. As to whether I'd cockblock you or not, it ultimately comes down to how strict management is and how you both come accross.
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>>1653095
This is a 5 star hotel in a large Asian city and the clientele is split between business travelers and families. She's working as a server at the bar/restaurant. She has said things like, just ask me if you want me to show things to do around here. Which is kinda ambiguous for "show me on the map" or "show me in person after I'm off work".

Well in a week I'm going there again. If I see her I'll have to be extra careful and pay attention to her words.
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Shit, so many replies, wasn't expecting that. Nice, lol.

>>1652872
As the other guy said... Bribe? If you want an upgrade, just ask for it and pay the difference in price. Sometimes I've given free upgrades to people just because they were really nice and polite (and we had plenty of availability). One thing is sure though: if you are an asshole you won't get any upgrade. For instance, a few weeks ago we had an Indian couple who were rude and disrespectful as fuck and were DEMANDING an upgrade. First night we didn't have availability so there was nothing we could do, the rest of their stay it would've been possible to upgrade them but they were so annoying and disrespectful we all agreed on NOT giving them any superior room.

Regarding the guy bringing hookers. I worked 2 years as a full time night receptionist so I've seen that many times. Personally I just don't give a fuck and let them be, but by law in Spain we are required to register anyone entering a room (even hookers).

I know a funny story about that. One old guy hired a hooker, the night receptionist saw the girl getting the fuck out of the hotel really quick... They found the guy dead in the room.

>>1652888
Insanely high. I live in the suburbs and pay 650€/month for a 45-50 square meters flat in an old building with no elevator (at least the flat is renewed).

>>1652889
I've never heard of anything like that. Unless you are Brad fucking Pitt, you should forget about that.

Maybe in party places like the other guy said, Ibiza and so on. But still, most likely they are just being nice. I've heard many female coworkers talking absolute shit of guests hitting on them once they fuck off to their rooms.

>>1652893
Right now, in a small local chain. I used to work for Accor and IHG.

I'm really happy were I am now, I don't feel like I'm just a number. However, I miss getting employee rates in hotels all over the world.

One thing that really sucks about big chains is the corporate crap. Brand standards etc.
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>>1652914
As I said, personally I just don't care, it's really up to the receptionist. If you want to do that just book a room in a big hotel with plenty of rooms, that way is basically impossible for the receptionists to know who are you and which is your room, unless they checked you in.

>>1652916
Hostia, doncs està de puta mare el conveni... Crec que m'encantaria viure a Menorca, però el fet de no poder treballar tot l'any em tira enrere. Està bé saber-ho igualment.

Molta sort per Alemanya tiu!

>>1652934
They are the most ungrateful guests. You can give them the best room in the hotel and they will find something to complain.

They are rude and they look at you like you were a Palestinian guy ready to blow himself up, it's like they always think you are lying to them.

That being said, I've met nice people from Israel as well, obviously. But ask anyone who works in customer service what do they think about Jews... Just for the record, I'm left winged in terms of political ideology (last election I voted for an animal advocacy party), I don't want to sound like a fucking nazi. But when things like that keep happening to you year after year...
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>>1652949
I don't even block pros, mate... Let the guy enjoy the sex and let the girl rip him off, who cares.

But even if you are lucky on a night out and bring a "civil" back to your room, in some countries the hotel MUST register her by law. That's because every night a report in sent to the police with the names of all the guests (in case they are looking for any murderer/terrorist/rapist/whatever).

>>1652957
My experience is far from there. But who knows.

>>1652969
I'm sorry but I can't help you, I didn't study anything related to what I'm doing now. I just started as a night receptionist having no idea of what the fuck I was doing and took it from there.

In any case, good luck bro.

>>1653100
Well that actually sounds different. I've had plenty of luck with Tinder in Asia, so now you made me think, she could be really into you.

Make a subtile move and see what comes next.
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>>1653107
>But when things like that keep happening to you year after year...

... gradually, you begin to hate them.
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>>1653119
Exactly, lol. When a guest arrives and gives me an Israeli passport I'm like "fuck, here we go again".
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>>1652525
where have you traveled? when's barcelona the busiest?
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>>1653107
Isreali here, I'm sorry you have to go through that shit
It's one of the reasons I'm usually apprehensive about saying I'm Israeli when abroad
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>>1652525
when i ask for a restaurant recommendation do you give me a place you would actually go or a place on from a list given to you by the hotel?

i always ask "if your favorite cousin was in town and you had something to celebrate where would you take them?" generally the results have been good but ive always been curious to know if you are obligated to only give out certain recommendations.
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>>1652960
I didn't want to attention whore, cause I was hoping people would read what I responded to, but Miss, not Sir.

>>1653095
I never took up on it. I'm normally just pulling an idgaf facial expression the first time they start their winking game, and sometimes that shuts them up, but most of the time the flirtiness level goes up, cause they think I don't get it. Luckily this mostly happens at the end of the check in process, so I can just walk away.

>>1653101
It's the other way around, me talking shit over the phone about pushy receptionist dudes once I finally get to my room.
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>>1653117
About the hotel girl who may or may not be into me... I'm a reasonably attractive white guy and can get girls in Asia. So she could be into me. I just don't feel comfortable with anything that has to do with my repeat hotel. Me as a recognized repeat guest. Her as a staple of the staff. I mean, she is super cute and "yes I would" tier. Difficult situation. If she were onto me (a big maybe) then us doing something would tarnish both of our reputations. Well, hers more than mine. But still.
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Not OP, but hope he doesn't mind me sort of hijacking the thread

>>1653211
You have to realise that reception is not only the central connecting almost all departments in the whole hotel, it's also the complaints department. When something breaks or malfunctions, is not as advertised or up to someone's taste/standard/etc. during your holiday the first thing that you do is complain to reception. So a big part of the job is dealing with people bitching about stuff that you didn't cause and probably can't even solve yourself.

What I'm trying to say is that in order to survive you need to learn to read, manipulate and/or seduce people and their moods. The friendlier the relation with a guest or a coworker from another department the less you get stressed and the better you can do your job, really. I don't mean that you have to seduce people in the sexual way, but that you have to be able to create complicity and a good relationship with them. It's somewhat similar to sales in this regard.

Ofc your experience may vary being a female, but none of the people I've worked with (and I've worked with all sorts) will actively try to flirt with a guest on the job, even less while checking you in. "Call me at any time if you need assistance with anything" is what we mechanically say to literally every guest after checking them in so don't read anything into it. Lmao at the winking game thing tho, because I'm definetly guilty of that one.

>>1653220
Why don't jut take her up on her offer and see where that leads you? If she's a server and offering you to show you stuff to do she's already going out of her job description, so there's a good chance she likes you.
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Lately I've been thinking about getting some «hotel receptionist» course as most jobs nowadays in this place are tourism related, and I've been working in costumer service pretty much for the last 10 years, maybe even try my luck somewhere else, as I'm already getting to 30 and need to get a move on life. Any advice you can give to someone just starting? I suppose I would have to start in some hostel to get some experience
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>>1653225
It's a relatively simple job. You don't need any specific prior formation as you can learn everything on the job itself. The informatic system and the inner workings of the hotel should be clear enough after a couple weeks at most. So I suggest that you drop that course and focus on languages instead, because -after laboral exprience- that's what is most demanded for the position.
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>>1652525
Any high end whore taking vacation inyour hotel?
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>>1653107
>I'm left winged in terms of political ideology
Then it makes perfect sense for you to dislike Israel.
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You ever notice anyone bringing an escort/whore and is there a policy against that?
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Quiet morning at work so far, so here we go.

>>1653123
All over Europe, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, USA, Iceland, Morocco...

Barcelona is busy almost all year long (not that busy in January and early February), but now is the busiest, a fucking nightmare.

>>1653131
You don't need to apologize man, there are assholes of all nationalities. And sorry if what I said offended you.

>>1653149
If the guests are nice, I give them honest advice of nice places, I don't like to send nice people to a shitty place.

It's not like we HAVE to send guests to somewhere in particular. The only thing, sometimes restaurants give us a 10% commission (for instance) if we send our guests there, so in that case..

>>1653222
>Not OP, but hope he doesn't mind me sort of hijacking the thread
Not at all mate, you know what you're talking about so feel free.
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>>1653220
I agree with >>1653222

>>1653225
If you think that course would be useful, go ahead.

If you already work in customer service you already know how some things are. You'll get used to the hotel management software, whichever is it, for me the most important thing you need to ask yourself is that if you are able to keep calm in moments of stress.

For instance, some times you'll get plenty of shit going on at the same time: people checking in, phone calls, having to deal with some reservation crap in the system, people complaining, tons of emails to answer... It's not like an office job where you can stand up and go to the bathroom for a couple of minutes to take a small break.

I remember a shift a few months ago in which I literally stood up in front of the computer for the whole 8 hours, I didn't even peed.

That doesn't happen often luckily (although some hotels are busier than others, obviously). But sometimes you'll be scratching your balls and one minute later you'll be in the middle of a shitstorm out of nowhere.

Another important thing, as you'll already know working in customer service: patience. TONS of patience. Also a few months ago I had a huge tour group of old Brazilian people which didn't stop asking me bullshit almost the whole shift. They were polite and nice, but they kept talking to me in Portuguese (talking really fast so it was difficult to understand them), asking 1000 different things without waiting for the answer, 4 or 5 of them speaking to me at the same time...

I am a really calm person, but I was close to lose my shit that day. I spoke to their tour guide (a really cool Portuguese dude) and he told me he couldn't stand them anymore, lol.
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>>1653253
Not that I know of.

>>1653382
I already disliked Israel before working in hotels, lol.

>>1653401
Yes, I already mentioned that. The policy is to register anyone entering a room, because as I said some posts ago every night we send a list of all guest's names to the police (there's an online platform for that), we are required by law.

I normally "look the other side" and don't ask for any ID.
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>>1653559
Is it confirmation bias from my part or are Spanish one of the worst when it comes to keeping the reception desk busy and blocking it for everyone? Several times I've had a bunch of Spanish boomers ahead of me in the queue and they take fucking ages, asking and arguing about literally everything.
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>>1653566
You're right. It seems that for Spanish people is difficult to have some fucking manners when they are in a queue...
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>>1652926
> Can't bribe for upgrades, that's just retarded.

I’ve done this several times and it works. Search for “20 dollar trick”. It’s especially popular in Vegas.
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>>1653101
Old dude did if a heart attack after having sex for the first time in decades?
Also do you remember if they due any money on him or did she clean out his wallet before fleeing?
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Not OP either but

>>1653587
I worked in hotels for over 15 years, bellman, reception, supervisor, accounting, Front Desk Manager. You can absolutely bribe for an upgrade. I've only ever worked for a hilton, embassy suites or a marriot. All of them you could bribe for an upgrade. You probably want to see if you are dealing with a manager/supervisor or not before you awkwardly give money away. I could easily go home with $100 a day in tips.

>>1652718
late check out are the only thing that fucks with a hotel. if the hotel is decent and they have the rooms available they should let you check in but poor communication with housekeeping is often a problem.
>>1652721
Indians are the worst. Japs are the best.
>>1652872
Don't bother with less than $20
>>1653566
they talk a lot but they aren't really rude. because they are asking actual questions and listening to the answers. south americans with money to travel are better mannered than most.

>>1652889
probably depends on you specifically but in general at an upscale place slim. very slim. like 1 in 20000. they hear that shit all day long.
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>>1654075
Surprised to hear about the bribes desu, might be a US thing. I can tell you not to try it in Spain at least.

>Indians are the worst
Agreed 100%, holy fuck how can a country of more than a 1000 milion inhabitants be consistently full of clueless yet entitled people that never ever shut the fuck up
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>>1652844
>tfw french
>tfw receptionnist

Hear we despise Chinese, Indians, Americans and Parisians
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>>1654206
I'm going to stay tonight at a hotel in Paris. Maybe yours?
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>>1653225
get ready for shit pay and long ass hours.
Don't expect your age to bring you any kind of advantages. Work experience means everything in this business.

As other anons have said, you better be good at multitasking and keeping your cool.
Once had a nightmare shift, 3 check ins at once, unrelenting phone, complaining cunts and front gate deciding to die on me.
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>>1654207
Nah senpai, I'm in a small 5 stars in the south
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>>1654206
You're French, you hate everyone
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>>1652525
how does the job advancement in that profession work? Or a more simplified version of the question - compare your position and salary from 5 years ago to today (and what you expect in 5 years)?
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>>1652525
Is it common to "couples" trying to use an empty room for hours? What is the official policy? What do you actually do?
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>>1654238
Forget the question about the policy, I didn't read the whole thread
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>>1654227
The forever ironic thing is that someone who needs to ask where they'll be in five years is not going to get a raise even half that fast unless you're in an extremely narrow field where every qualified worker is a one-man army or you're just plain on good terms with your boss or employer.

If you show too much curiosity about the future, you send the message that you're a) expecting to be a permanent hire even before you're on board and b) that you're ready to cut and run if you're promised a better job or your life circumstances change.

If you want to find out how likely it is that a workplace wants to keep you around, look at their fringe benefits and amenities.
A stable, reliable workplace will often have benefits that speak of trust between company and employee (free drinks from the fridge, for example - unstable workplaces lose on "free" policies because short-term hires, itinerants and people who're leaving tomorrow will fill their bags and run).

Do not choose workplaces that offer a financially measurable benefit and not just amenities (gym, reading room) or small luxuries (aforementioned free soft drinks).
A loss they take now is one they're intending to recoup later, and seeing as they have to resort to things like "rent-paid work housing" and "welcome pay" to get people in it's a safe bet to say no one would otherwise work there.

If your workplace offers "free boarding with shopping opportunities", it's a nice way of saying "you'll be living in containers in bumfuck Egypt and buying all your essentials from the overpriced company vendor who sells Polish cup ramen for two dollars a cup".

If the company has a free drink bar that hasn't been abused enough to be shut down, it means that it takes good enough care of its employees that they'll willingly ignore personal payoff for the sake of the company, and that's the kind of place you want to work at.
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>>1654254
I don't know if this fit is taking exclusively about hotel staffing, but don't take his above for professional, high skilled office jobs. It looks like that post is over generalising from his experience of grunt work staffing jobs though.
I worked in a top tier engineering company and you were expected to know where you were aiming to work in 3-5 years time. In that line of work (highly skilled technical work) people gain skills and are prompted so quickly promoted to higher positions. Maybe it's different to non technical wage slave style staffing jobs where you just talk to customers and interact with a computer terminal, so managers don't like to hear about employee aspirations regarding promotion opportunities since there aren't (m)any.
No offense to OP or anyone of the hotel staff in this thread if I come off as conceited. I respect people who take their jobs seriously, but I had to say that just so people don't assume the above advice applied to all cases.
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>>1653587
Never heard of that.

>>1654048
Yeah, apparently the guy collapsed during sex, the girl freaked out and run away from the hotel. The guy in the night shift had asked her for an ID so eventually the police found her (it looks like she wasn't here legally so she was afraid to get deported).

>>1654075
>late check out are the only thing that fucks with a hotel.
Couldn't agree more.

>>1654129
>Agreed 100%, holy fuck how can a country of more than a 1000 milion inhabitants be consistently full of clueless yet entitled people that never ever shut the fuck up
And the thing is over there they are rich and have plenty of "slaves", so when they come here to a 2/3 stars hotel (because that's all they can afford considering the exchange currency's rate) they treat you as a slave as well, thinking that they are in a 5 stars hotel... No, I'm not going to bring your bags to you room, you fucking do it. No, we don't have 24 hours restaurant. No, we don't have any massage service.

>>1654206
>Parisians
Lol, those are the most entitled fucks on earth. And Paris is a shithole.
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>>1654210
>unrelenting phone
I think that's what I hate the most. I would be happy without a phone at reception, lol. Btw I agree on everything except for the long ass hours. I rarely do overtime, I do my 8 hours, handover the shift to my next colleague and get the fuck out as soon as I can.

>>1654227
When you have experience is relatively easy to scale up. You can be, for instance, reception team leader, front desk manager, and eventually general manager, but I guess is not that easy as in some high skilled jobs (engineering and so on).

Me in 5 years? Well, you are asking the wrong person. To me a job is just a way to get money to do what I'm really passionate about in life (travelling basically), so if you tell me in 5 years I would be exactly the same as now, fuck it, I'll take it. And if you offer me a job as a garbage man for 4,000€ per month, of course I'll also take it, lol.

I never wanted a job which stressed me, had to do overtime or bring "homework" back home. And even though here there are shifts which are completely stressful and you are close to lose your shit, once it finishes I go home and disconnect completely.

>>1654238
If you are working a night shift on a Friday or Saturday night you get to usual "loving" couple every now and then. If never worked in a hotel with rates per hour, so normally they will need to pay the whole daily rate (some hotels allow you to make a 20-30% discount on the rate if you are selling that room late at night).

>>1654282
>No offense to OP or anyone of the hotel staff
Non taken. Even though I just basically said I don't really care about my job (or any job) I take it very seriously and I try to be as professional as I can.

I always try to do everything as precisely as I can (in terms of "classifying" resevations, cashiering stuff, making sure any important information is 100% clear and blahblahblah), and when I pass the shift to my colleagues I try to leave everything as easy as possible for them.
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burger here. thinking about getting into this industry but right now I only speak English. is the language I know the better? what language would you recommend I study most to at least conversational level?

these are my own guesses: Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. Would this give me enough of an edge for a decent-paid gig or is it overkill and just give it a shot with English only if I like it?
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>>1654541
more languages I know*

fuck
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>>1652889
>What are the odds of a guy sleeping with the 9/10 friendly receptionist?
Zero. The girls on my desk staff get hit on every single night by guys who are thinking the same thing you are, and it never happens. You've got a better shot of going home with a stripper.
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>>1653225
>I'm already getting to 30 and need to get a move on life
Then why are you looking to go to an entry level job staffed mostly by college students and women who would otherwise be stay at home moms? It is not a career.
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>>1653117
>That's because every night a report in sent to the police with the names of all the guests (in case they are looking for any murderer/terrorist/rapist/whatever).
Damn that's some big brother shit. Fuck that
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>>1653211
Serious question here. Don't you realise you could fuck a lot of guys no strings attached? I mean, you would have the pick of the bunch and can just walk away at the end of it, or are you just not a dtf type person?
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>>1654541
Just look up job offers and read the requirements. In Europe it's expected to know at the very least decent english aside from the native toungue, but knowing more languages always helps. Your three guesses seem resonable as far as my limited knowledge on US goes. Out of those three learning spanish should be easiest and quickest, and there will be also perk of knowing when maxicans talk behind your back when you order fastfood. Both chinese and korean requires more time as you need to sit down and practice writing/reading the characters.
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>>1653227
>>1653559
>>1654210
Thanks, pretty much what I was expecting. I can do the course for free, it's probably going to be shit but whatever, it doesn't last very long and it's something I can put on my CV. Guess I'll have to finally bother to speak Spanish (I'm Portuguese, can't be arsed to speak it) and learn French again.

>>1654555
Because I fucked up, and in my head I think it's better than working as a cashier or getting shouted at on the phone at some call-center. Maybe not.
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>>1654713
thanks man i appreciate it
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>>1654856
No, it's not better than working as a cashier. I'm a hotel GM, and managed to stumble into the management track when I graduated college, but the average front desk person won't go that route. Most of my staff are college students, as the job provides enough down time for them to study, and they're alright with only making $10/hour.

Go to trade school, anon. Get out of the service industry if you're not already in management. HVAC, electricians, and plumbing are all in demand, and you'll be making a middle class wage in a couple of years, which won't happen in the service sector.
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>>1655131
I'm hearing that the wages for tradesman jobs are being supressed by illegal immigrants willing to work for cheap?
How much does a hotel GM do in terms of hours and salary?
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>>1654254
thanks for the reply, but nothing in it applies to my job experience at all (IT) and people's mentality in it.
It's all about advancing constantly. I dont even mean corporate ladder (though this too)
At the deeper level climb is about gaining better quality tasks.At the surface level is about the salary

So when choosing a new workplace, the questions are
- whats my starting salary
- what kind of projects i'll be working on
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>>1654555
>entry level job staffed mostly by college students and women who would otherwise be stay at home moms? It is not a career.
That's way far from reality where I'm from. I'm on my early 30s and my age is average for the job.

And about the career thing, all of my general managers started as a receptionist or even bell boy/waiter.

But anyway I know what you mean, it's not an IT job either. In any case, you should open your mind a little.

>>1654635
I know. Tbh I don't know how many countries do the same thing.
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>>1655326
Almost every country does exactly that.
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>>1655332
Really? Fuck.

I worked in a hotel in the UK and over there they don't do that. They don't even register people with their passports.
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>>1655332
In the USA I show just sjow my passport for my name reservation. But they dont copy my data.
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>>1655426
I don't know about where in the UK but England demand as valid passport or ID card to check-in and they have to fill a form.
It's almost everywhere but the level of autism that goes into those forms are different from half arsed lists because fuck it, to enforced because it's business relevant (like in chile where hotels get tax exemption on foreign visitor spending) or state enforced "law is law" demanding a visa & passport copy with a shit load of other details because it's state enforced to some degree (Vietnam, and russia had a system years ago where you had to go to the local police station and register if you stayed at anyones house, but that's mostly gone)
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>>1655431
That's because you're an american checking in with a US passport. They have your name and DOB, good enough to identify you.
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>>1652844
What's wrong with french people?
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>>1652525
Is there any way I can make a receptionists life more pleasant?
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>>1655443
Nope. I am a mexican citizen. Born in Mexico.
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>>1653559
That's a typically Brazilian thing, sorry for it, it's a bad stereotype that affects many other travelers from Brazil. With more people having more access to international travel those who are clueless about a country's manner or just manner in general get to travel more oftenly. I'm not saying it looking down on them but it has those negative effects on those serving them and on the rest of the Brazilians. I appreciate what >>1653586 said about south american travelers, I've come to meet different kinds of travelers on and of those countries and I've felt the care for the others in many of them.


Just to add up on which nationality each country prefers their visitors to be, I do not work on the hotel industry but my family rents apartments for travelers in Rio, so I know a bit about their preferences. The ones on the blacklist are Angolans and Nigerians, after 2 or 3 times, my grandma never accepted anyone from there unfortunately, I consider that a terrible prejudice. Chinese, Africans in general, Arabs, Latin Americans, including Brazilians, Southeast Asians not from the tigers (the more developed ones), Americans and Eastern Europeans are not the preferencial guests but are always considered. It's more important to evaluate other aspects like age, education level, the type of tourism or business they're doing here, among others. We've had a German group of rich young boys who transformed my house into a brothel, according to the neighbours every night they came with several hookers home. People from the nordic countries or the rich asian coutries, or just those who seem educated, look elegant, are from a developed country, etc. etc. normally get a better chance of renting an apartment for a better for a better deal, because of the security of knowing or property will be taken care of.

tl;dr for this last part: people will judge you in every unfair way possible before renting an apartment so try to look as posh, elegant and rich as you can



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