For those in the hospitality industry...
Do hotels actually try to put repeat guests in the same room across multiple visits, or is it some kind of freeky coincidence in my case?
Based on the way my work travel works I'm rarely in the same area twice; even when I'm "nearby" another hotel usually winds up being closer to where I actually need to be. I have only three rules when choosing a hotel (a) Must be less ant $200/night, (b) must be a confirmed non-smoking room, and (c) must be in the Hilton family (usually winds up being Hampton or Hilton Garden Inn, but I've done my share of HIlton/Embassy Suites/Doubletree/Homewood Suites)
I'm sitting in Room 305 at the Hampton Inn, Lima, OH and I came to the realization...Every property that I've stayed at more than once, I've been in the same room on every visit.
This is my third time in Room 305 at the Hampton Inn, Lima over a span of about 2 years (and the note to myself that I taped under the nightstand last time is still here). The Hampton Inn, Petosky, MI I was in the same room 4 times over a 3 month period (and the housekeepers got to know me by name). In the greater Dayton area, at one hotel, I was in the same room 3 times, another twice. The Hilton Garden Inn Cincinnati Northeast I was given the same room, at one Homewood Suites as well... And I could go on....
I realize there are only 100-150 rooms at most of these hotels, and the requirement for a non-smoking room cuts down the number further (though more properties are migrating to 100% smoke free) so the odds of randomly being given the same room aren't astronomical, but it seems a little too coincidental to be random.
And if they do do it on purpose... Is there a reason?