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Cooling Aircon in hotels in Spring and Autumn, even Winter

Old Jan 13th, 2020, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by hetismij2 View Post
I did the same Myriam, not an aircon in sight, and my main living area is south facing with several huge windows.
I think I would have died. Without A/C the temp in our living room easily reaches 30C in those hot days.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 10:39 AM
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The safest bet is to ask the hotel.
"Airconditioning " might mean different things in different countries and can be vary between hotel chains.

We were in Spain mid-November in Cordoba, Almeria and Antequera.
Neither the Eurostars Palace, AC Marriott or the Parador allowed me to condition the air to my preferred temp of 18°C.
The worst one was the Marriott, it wasn't even possible to put the fan in continuous mode. I was told it was shut down for the "winter"
All of the above mentioned "air-conditioning" on the hotel website.

In early December I stayed at an Ibis hotel in Brussels and it had what I consider air-conditioning.
I could cool or heat and run the fan as I wished.

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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 10:42 AM
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Here are a couple of hotels that I stayed in last year in the Dordogne that both have room controlled A/C. If I recall correctly they both have remote controls for units that are both heat and A/C that are mounted high up on the wall.

The first one is called Sarlat Côté Jardin 13 rue du Collège - Place Pasteur 24200 Sarlat-la-Canéda. It is a small really lovely B&B with three or four independent units outside the owners main house in the garde. The location is really perfect for walking to the heart of Sarlat for the market etc.

https://www.sarlatcotejardin.com/en-us

We also stayed at the Hôtel Le Mas del Pechs: 10 route des Pechs, 24200 Sarlat-la-Canéda. It is about 5 minutes or so drive above Sarlat-we chose it to stay out of town a bit-it has free parking and a nice pool. Again it has room controlled A/C

https://www.sarlat-hotel.com/en/rooms/

In Sarlat we have also stayed at the Best Western Renoir which has A/C and a pool but I can't remember any details about the A/C as to whether it was central or room controlled. It is a nice property but a bit further from town than the Cote Jardin and no on site parking.

Hôtel Le Renoir ? Sarlat - Accueil

We have stayed various places in Bordeaux but mostly apartment rentals-the one I recall that for sure has room controlled A/C in the bedroom only is this one. The unit is small so the A/C will also cool the living room during the day and of course is perfect if you need it for night in the bedroom

Burdigala Homes, location d'appartements meublés à Bordeaux, appartements bordeaux, location meublé bordeaux, agence de location d'appartement

It is a perfect location right near the city hall where the A and B tram lines come together. It is on a quiet street called Rue de la Porte Basse and a very short walk to a Monoprix with a great grocery section.

The rental agency is called Burdigala Homes and the manager is named Jean-Christophe Amelineau. We originally booked the property through booking.com but he can give you a better deal is you work directly with him

Burdigala Homes, location d'appartements meublés à Bordeaux, appartements bordeaux, location meublé bordeaux, agence de location d'appartement

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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 10:54 AM
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Easter is just after the end of the official heating season in Rome this year. The heat was still on you might be able to set it to a low enough level to keep yourself happy. But nobody will have the A/C on Easter time.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 12:17 PM
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I bought a little fan with a UBS plus. It is about four inches round but it really helps blowing on my head and my husband ask if we could share it last trip. He loves the hum of it. He was surprised at the air it put out. I have a 20 inch suitcase but worth leaving a pair of shoes home for it. I love aircon, we have it on 90% of the year here in Fl. We booked our May hotel in Paris with air/con just in case we needed it. I wish our June hotel had it in London but think our Premiere inn in Portsmouth has ac. Accor hotels normally do. I like duvets but agree a sheet would be nice.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 12:45 PM
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We had an argument here about the need for AC the year I went to north Germany. I booked almost all my hotels with AC, and I needed the AC. (air conditioning ) Do read reviews as well as websites carefully. One hotel I liked in Berlin said it had AC, but the TA reviews said they turned it off at night! (Backwards..) Another year in Romania one hotel had turned its AC off for the year and I wound up moving further from the center to one that still had it on.

In the summer in London I often stay in LSE student halls of residence and they have the windows set to only open three or four inches. It's worth buying a fan if you do that and hit a heat wave (these days sometimes they already have fans).

I totally agree about the duvets. I usually wind up taking them out of the cover and sleeping under that, but sometimes I then wake up cold. Some places put it back in the cover in the morning, some stash it in the wardrobe.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 01:51 PM
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I bought a little fan with a UBS plus. It is about four inches round but it really helps blowing on my head and my husband ask if we could share it last trip.

Would you happen to have a link for that fan Macross?
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 02:04 PM
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PMGZ3Z8?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PMGZ3Z8?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details
I bought it right before Hurricane Dorian so I could charge and have it ready. It lasts about 8 hours if not plugged in. I had another one that I bought at Target but not the UBS plug. I was so happy to have not lost power. We have a generator and portable ac unit that we run after the storm but not during.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 03:22 PM
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Thanks Macross.

I could have used one of those when I lived in Australia. I got so tired of being hot.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 03:33 PM
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II always look for a/c when booking hotels, but even when it’s there some hotels have very annoying policies. In early October 2018 when it was unusually hot we were in Bavaria. One hotel turned it off at night which is the very time it’s most needed to sleep in comfort with an excuse that it annoyed the neighbours.

Another hotel had turned it off for the year. When I told them our room was extremely hot as it faced west, so could they turn it back on they agreed Bavaria was having a heat wave but refused to turn it back on.

It seems as if one must email the hotels and specifically ask about the a/c in detail - when it operates and whether it operates at night.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 06:25 PM
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Yes we have had the same problem in larger properties-if they have centrally controlled A/C they will turn it off when they feel like it. And we have had to change rooms when the A/C was so lame that it was basically non-existent. And I don't like my A/C freezing like I find in most US hotels-just comfortably cool, and I almost always turn it off at night.

That is prefer places that have remote control room regulated A/C (not that will stop them from removing the remote LOL). I will say the last time I was in the Dordogne in April it was rainy and cool but last year in mid-June we really needed the A/C.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 11:08 PM
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I think it also depends on where you live. If it’s a cool climate then it’s difficult for the body to adjust to a big change in temperature. And that’s especially true for ladies of a certain age,whose bodies are having a hard enough time trying to regulate temperature.

OP I doubt very much if you will need air con in Dordogne in April. We have found that some hotels will turn on the air con unit with only the fan running. This can’t be too bad for the environment can it?
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 03:32 AM
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AC at Easter is totally unnecessary.
For people who have such an internal dysfunctional heatcintrol I would recommend sleeping in butcher shops. They have a cool room. Or maybe in some grottoes. There are a few in Dordogne.
Otherwise a fan works well. I was in a hotel in Orleans last summer when it was 41c in the day. I opened the window and used the fan. Slept very well actually.
I also don't understand the windows not opening. Except as mentioned in tower building like Hiltons the windows open.
Using AC in winter is just utterly crazy. Like driving with AC and windows open.
But fir some it is comfort I guess.
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 03:56 AM
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Is heat in winter considered "air conditioning?"
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 05:04 AM
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No, heat is chauffage; AC is climatisation. If you want to split hairs, of course both are a function of "conditioning the air."

jpie, it's worth checking into whether those places you site in Sarlat are still offering AC at will. The past 12-24 months in the Dordogne have seen phenomenal changes in rules and regulations regarding "green" practices, to the point where we get a glossy brochure almost every month detailing what we need to do to comply. For example, as of this spring it will not be possible just to drive down the road to the nearest déchetterie and dump your waste (already sorted into the appropriate kinds of bags) into the bins. You're going to have to have a badge (which you will pay for) and slide it (like a métro ticket, sort of) over a compteur, which will register that you have arrived to make a deposit. If you exceed the 60-liter limit for any one deposit, the compteur will automatically bill you for the overage. This is not a hardship for those of us who live here - it will certainly cut down on the astonishing amounts of refuse thrown all over the place at random by tourists passing through.

So I would not count on any hotel, B&B, guesthouse, or anything else to be offering AC at will in the month of April anymore, though the new rules, of which there are many, may not be in effect yet this spring.
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 07:15 AM
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Well I will probably be back in that area in the spring so if I stay there I will check it out. But I will say both of the properties I mentioned are very small properties (one only has 3-4 units total) and the other a total of 18 rooms with the units dedicated to each room for both heat and A/C, so I am guessing they still will have the same system-but of course that could have changed I guess.
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 07:47 AM
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Actually I don't think that most hoteliers are being psycho-rigid about making their customers suffer in the wrong temperature. But just the same way that certain leaders of the world continue to be in denial about climate change, these little guys are having a hard time deciding that they now need to change some of their heating and cooling policies that worked so well for 50 years. Since every degree of difference represents a change in expense, it is just as much up to the customers to adjust their clothing and other habits to find a happy median.
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by ahbonvraiment View Post
AC at Easter is totally unnecessary.
For people who have such an internal dysfunctional heatcintrol I would recommend sleeping in butcher shops. They have a cool room. Or maybe in some grottoes. There are a few in Dordogne.
Otherwise a fan works well. I was in a hotel in Orleans last summer when it was 41c in the day. I opened the window and used the fan. Slept very well actually.
I also don't understand the windows not opening. Except as mentioned in tower building like Hiltons the windows open.
Using AC in winter is just utterly crazy. Like driving with AC and windows open.
But fir some it is comfort I guess.
The OP explained her use of the word Winter was unfortunate. I guess "comfort" is a relative thing, too, depending upon one's age...some people feel that having a bonfire on the beach is their comfort level. Any better for climate change though...?
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by natylou View Post

OP I doubt very much if you will need air con in Dordogne in April. We have found that some hotels will turn on the air con unit with only the fan running. This can’t be too bad for the environment can it?
A modern mono split heat pump uses almost no electricity. Especially if it's already cool outside like Aprile like will be. But it's one of those requests that will just confuse people. You want to sleep under the duvet with the A/C on?
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 09:27 AM
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This past December, I found most indoor spaces in Paris to be overheated for our taste. The apartment we rented had temperature controls on each radiator. They were all set on 20C (68F) when we arrived. When the proprietor showed us how they worked, I immediately turned the one he was demonstrating down to 18, which is the temperature we prefer in our house, except for an hour at 19.5 in the morning and another hour in the late afternoon (which is when I tend to feel cold). He said, "That's very low!" However, it turned out to be too warm in our bedroom, so I turned it down further, to 17 (62F).

I also dislike duvets, unless a separate sheet is provided. I don't want to wake up several times in the night to put the duvet off or on. Every time I wake up, it may take me another 15 minutes to get back to sleep. Several years ago, we were in Scotland during a rare heat wave, and every hotel we stayed in had a duvet that weighed as much as my suitcase. It was cool enough at night that I wanted some sort of light cover, or a sheet, but those duvets were ridiculous.
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