One of the More Bizarre Closets in a Hotel Room Which I Have Ever Seen

A closet is arguably one of the least complicated parts of a hotel room, as it does not require plumbing, electricity — save for a light in some cases, or comfort for the guests. Its main goal is to provide hidden storage for the belongings of guests — and, perhaps, to contain such items as a luggage rack, an iron, an ironing board, a plastic laundry bag, and a virtually useless safe

One of the More Bizarre Closets in a Hotel Room Which I Have Ever Seen

…but in one hotel room was a closet which I found rather bizarre — and it is located in the Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis hotel property, which is located northeast of Charlotte.

The Room

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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The room itself was rather dark. Note the curtain in the background…

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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…but the beds were the typically comfortable ones found in a Hampton Inn hotel property.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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The entrance to the bathroom is on the left. To the right of that is the door to the hallway. A full-length mirror hangs on the wall. Two square ottomans are stored under the counter to the left of where the flat-screen television sits. The desk is on the right…

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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…and under the television is a refrigerator behind the cabinet door on the left; a microwave oven on the upper shelf; a station with a coffee maker, cups, an ice bucket with a plastic bag, and the items necessary for several cups of coffee; and a storage area behind the cabinet door on the right with wire mesh drawers which easily glide in and out.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

Photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I would have been happy with this tiny portable desk when I stayed at the Tru by Hilton Oklahoma City Airport hotel property, which had no useful desk space; but this room was also furnished with a traditional desk — as well as another mirror.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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On the left side of the desk were two electrical outlets and a USB port.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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Remember those curtains? That was not for the window, which is on the left behind the white drapes. The curtains hid the rather bizarre “closet” in which one could not store any luggage due to its width. Notice that the closet is not even wide enough to support a traditional bar on which hangers can hang. Rather, the hangers are hanging on small “tracks” on which they must hang lengthwise.

Two electrical outlets are on the wall, with one which appeared to be out of place due to how high it was located on the wall.

Thankfully, I did not have to use this otherwise virtually useless “closet.”

The Bathroom

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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This was one of the smaller and rather cramped bathrooms found in some Hampton Inn hotel properties which have the corner sink with the triple mirrors.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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Ample towels were available under the sink — as well as the tissue box.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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The shower had the usual adjustable shower head with multiple settings; and the toilet was located between the bath tub and the sink.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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Neutrogena amenities included body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and a bar each of soap and bath soap.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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A hook and towel rack were located on the wall, awkwardly behind the door to the bathroom when it is open.

The View

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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The sunset were what helped the views to be interesting.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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Otherwise, the views comprised of a cellular tower, utility towers, and the traffic on Interstate 85…

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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…as well as stores — such as Hobby Lobby and Kohl’s…

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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…and a Walmart with a McDonald’s inside of it.

The views may not have been the best; but plenty of shopping and dining is convenient to the hotel property.

I did not bother to take photographs of the views the next morning.

Breakfast

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

As with all Hampton Inns, breakfast was included in the room rate.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

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Items included waffles which you can prepare yourself; fruit; eggs; assorted bagels and pastries; yogurt; dry cereal; hot and cold beverages; and a few hot items.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The breakfast area was nice; and although it was decorated for Christmas, no fire was roaring in the fireplace. I suppose the reason was because the air outside was not cold.

Summary

Prior to its refresh by Hilton, the Hampton Inn brand of hotel properties was basically “cookie cutter” in that they were practically identical — which was consistent but rather boring. I have noticed that each Hampton Inn at which I have stayed in recent years has its own touches which help them to be a little more unique while still maintaining consistency in the important areas — such as the comfort of the beds, which is normally a positive aspect…

…but for the Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis, the bizarre “closet” — does it even qualify as a closet? — was a clear negative in a hotel room which seemed slightly smaller than usual.

The Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis hotel property is conveniently located off of exit 60 just east of Interstate 85. It is a good, clean, comfortable and convenient place at which to simply stop for the night and check out the next morning on your way to somewhere else — and that is about it. The room rate was $71.20; and with taxes totaled $80.45 — which is certainly quite reasonable, as it included good Wi-Fi and breakfast.

Hampton Inn Concord-Kannapolis
612 Dickens Place Northeast
Concord, North Carolina, 28025
United States of America
+1-704-793-9700 Telephone
+1-704-793-1765 Fax

All photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.


 

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7 thoughts on “One of the More Bizarre Closets in a Hotel Room Which I Have Ever Seen”

  1. Will Carino says:

    I stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn near SFO where it had a sliding barn door that closed off the bathroom and opened the closet. Oh..and the entrance went right through the bathroom!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I have never seen an entrance go through the bathroom before, Will Carino. How odd!

      Was that “barn door” also a mirror? If so, I have seen that several times and not only included them in past trip reports; but I will also report on them in future articles.

      Does this hotel property still exist? If so, do you remember which Hilton Garden Inn is the hotel to which you are referring?

  2. boxo says:

    Wow, that is shallow. Closet theater! Pretty useless, but don’t say we didn’t give you a place to hang two pieces of clothing!

    My room last week at Hotel Indigo Newark had the closet/bathroom sliding barn door.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You may have just invented a new term, boxo: “closet theater.” I like it!

      Yes, that bizarre closet really was that shallow and virtually useless. I should have measured it somehow…

  3. cnmaz says:

    The higher plug is for the iron. It is harder to use the iron when it plugs in lower to the ground. At least they thought that item out properly.
    I have seen the barn door closet in other small rooms for boutique hotels as a space saver. I also do not mind open closets. It has less of a chance of an item falling out of your luggage and being missed when you pack up. Open closets without doors are normally brighter and easier to see when you are getting ready each day.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you for the explanation of the upper electrical outlet, cnmaz.

      For the record, the shallowness of the closet was the bizarre part for me. I have been in hotel rooms which had a closet with no divider of some type at all — door or curtain — but at least they were more functional.

  4. I’ve run across this same closet set up in other Hampton’s, all in the Southeast. Ths first time I really thought that the room had no closet. I see the barn door in more and more locations as well.

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