Setting Thesaurus Entry: Hotel Room

Sight

Key card entry, fire escape plan on the back of the door, closet with non-removable hangers, extra blanket/pillow & iron on top shelf, carpet, Bathroom: small with tub/shower, tiled floor and dings in the walls, fluffy white towels, extra toilet paper on the toilet tank, complementary shampoo, conditioner, cream, make up remover pads, soap and shower cap, bx of Kleenex, hair dryer attached to the wall, strong bathroom lighting, large mirror, towel bar and hook on the door, towel shelf above the toilet or in the shower. Main room: 1 or two beds with a matress-to-floor patterned coverlet, pillows, nightstand, TV attached to the wall or stand, telephone, night stand light, thermostat on the wall, cheesy themed artwork on the walls, a desk with stationary, pen, take out menus, room service/hotel guide, light, wall hook up for laptops, a small chair or two, or in larger rooms, a love seat, coffee maker with coffee, tea, sugar, powdered cream, coffee mug, water glass, ice bucket, minibar or fridge with pricing chart, trash can, TV remote, end table, heavy drapes on the windows, chest of drawers, Bible in a drawer of the night stand, bedside alarm clock, complementary paper, 'do not disturb' sign on door

Sounds

The hum from air conditioning/furnace ventilation, water in the pipes inside the walls, doors opening and closing, voices from people passing out in the hall, the shower, coffee pot perking, the bing of the elevator in the hall, drinks talking to loud as they stumble down the hall to their room, laughter, kids running in the room above, traffic/construction through an open window, the phone ringing with a wake up call, TV shows, The suction sound of a fridge door being opened or shut, bottles clinking on the door of the fridge as it's opened, dropping ice into a glass, ripping open a packet of sugar or cream, the faucet turning on, swearing as you step into the shower only to find little hot water left, the gurgle of a toilet, couples arguing, kids crying as they are dragged to a room nearby after a long day, the TV sets or music from other rooms, muffled voices through the walls

Smells

Bleach, cleaners and deodorizers, old carpet, fabric, bleached towels, aromatic shampoos/conditioners/soap, coffee brewing, alcohol, cigarette smells clinging to clothing, perfume, aftershave, hair spray, sweat

Tastes

Coffee, tea, water, mouthwash, toothpaste, food brought up to the room or through room service (burgers, fries, sandwiches, spaghetti, salads, soup, etc), pop and snacks from a vending machine

Touch

Sliding the plastic card into the slot, then yanking it out fast, pulling on the handle while the light blinks green, taking a try or two to get the timing right, the instant freeze of ice on the fingers as you dig a hand into the ice bucket for a few cubes, blowing on a hot cup of coffee, laying down on the soft bed after a long day, pulling shoes off weary feet, scuffing across the carpet, bare feet on carpet and tile, the plush feel of a fresh towel against the skin, a nice hot shower, lather sliding down the back and sides in the shower, pressing buttons on a remote, holding a phone to the ear without hands as you look for something on TV or root around in a suitcase, pulling the zipper past a snag on the suitcase, sitting at the end of the bed, testing the bounce/softness when you first arrive, rifling through the hotel room service menu, straightening hair in mirror before going out, lining shoes up by the door, dumping shopping bags onto the bed, then dragging out your purchases, flicking light switches, adjusting the temperature, pulling open the drapes or closing them, changing clothing, the rush of the blow dryer through the hair, fingertips against a cold can of pop or beer, plumping the pillows, yanking off the comforter, peeling back crisp, clean sheets, blotting wet face with a towel, snuggling down in the covers, breath against the pillow, sliding folded clothing into drawers or back into the suitcase, bending down or getting on one knee to check by/under the bed for things that might get left behind

Helpful hints:


--The words you choose can convey atmosphere and mood.

Example 1:


I glared at the gloomy white ceiling, then shoved a pillow over my head. Never again would I stay in a hotel hosting a God damn family reunion. First the elevator doors were going off every ten minutes or so, dropping the drunks off. Then, to add insult to injury, these two old biddies show up, practically shouting at each other how wonderful it was to see everyone, and that Lindy's fiancee seemed like quite a catch and wasn't it just pathetic how Marvin couldn't hold a job? Yak, yak, freaking yak! I was five seconds away from storming out there in the buff to tell them it was two a.m. and they should shut the hell up.

Example 2:

I dropped my luggage and gave my husband a flirty smile before jumping onto the king sized bed. The way I sunk onto the plush bedding told me every cent we'd paid for this luxury suite was well worth it. I closed my eyes, breathing in the heady scent of the fresh roses on sitting on the sideboard. No kids, no endless mountains of laundry or owies to kiss better...just a full twenty-four hours of being Jane, not mom.

--Similes and metaphors create strong imagery when used sparingly.

Example 1: (Simile)

Why didn't I ask if the room was close to the elevator? Every time the thing went past my floor my bed would shake like a plane readying for take off.

Example 2: (Metaphor)


I punched at the pillow, wondering if a bag of rocks might be easier to sleep on.

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8 comments:

Bish Denham said...

I'm sure most all of us have been in one of these. Certainly I can relate. Good job!

Did I tell you I like the lighter background color? I do.

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

I just found your blog and love it! I love thinking about words and using all my senses and all that. Love it! So glad I found you.

Mary Witzl said...

I can relate all too well!

Odd how hotel rooms all over the world all have a similar smell, that combination of old shoes, aftershave, and starched linen.

PJ Hoover said...

As always, huge thank you!

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Desiree said...

I forgot to thank you for this description when i saw it. I was so busy using it that i just...forgot about how i got the muse i needed. Thank you...(bowing in gratitude)

Angela said...

Glad it helps! Happy writing! :-)

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