A day in the life of a hotel manager

Being a new blogger and working full-time takes quite a lot of planning and organizing. (Now, if you know me, then you know that I am the worst planner and organizer ever…) I am a spur of the moment person, I see it, I want it. I think it, I write it, but when it comes down to blogging that is far from ideal.

So, today I sat myself down and made a plan to make sure that I have a schedule and that I can stick to.

My plan is to post a blog post on the following days:

  • Monday: A photo diary of my weekend (If I went out and did something)
  • Wednesday and Friday a long blog post (at least 1,000 words) about either travel, lifestyle or blogging. 

This week, however, because my blog is so new, I decided to upload a new post every single day (Eeeek) just so that my site has a bit more content on it. Today is day 4, so I have already uploaded 3 blogs this week.

For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to show you a bit more of my personal life by taking you behind the scenes of my work. 

I am a GM in a small boutique style hotel and I will show you what my day-to-day work life looks like. I can’t upload pictures of the hotel (cause reasons) but I hope I can describe to you what I do.

Typical Day in the Life of a Full Time Hotel Manager

7:30 am – I am not a morning person. NOT AT ALL. So I need my time to wake up and improve my will to get up and live another day. I am not depressed, I just don’t like mornings. So waking up and trying to get moving for the day always takes me quite a while. I don’t drink coffee either, which doesn’t help.

08.00am –  I brush my teeth, get dressed and have breakfast on the go. I live very close to work so that nice and easy for me. 

08.15am-08.30am – Get the handover from my staff and make sure that I am aware of any incidents that might have occurred. For example: No-shows, cancellations, upset guests over whatever reason or any broken items that need urgent attention.
After the hand-over, I try to start-up my computer. I have a bit of an oldy, so it takes her a few minutes to start up.  

08.30am– 12:00pm – Welcome guests, email people, write the reports for the owners, call people back who called whilst I was away, make a list for maintenance and housekeeping and check our website to make sure our availability is correct. This pretty much takes me the full morning.  I also try to do a quick inspection of the lodge, so make sure there are no major issues or extra things that need to be cleaned. 

12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch… I usually watch some episodes of Friends or if I have a blog idea I start writing a blog post. I always have my trusty laptop with me.
Often during lunch, I get disturbed though, either people wanting to check in or the mailman delivery parcels that I need to sign for. So this hour goes by very quickly(too quickly). 

1:00 – 5:00pm – Depending on whether it is high- or low season, often the afternoon is a lot quieter than the mornings. So I am usually working on improvement plans for the hotel (We have some planned renovations coming up) or am working on the marketing/promotional side of the business (For example ads, brochures, collaborations etc.)

5:00 pm -6:00 pm – I hand over the hotel to my night staff, which means – PARTAY for me (sort of, not really haha) I am always on call however and my staff knows that they can reach me at any time. They are very good and most of the time they do not need me. I usually like to go to the shops immediately after work to get some food for the night. Alternately, I’ll order a scrummy dinner online. 

6:00 – 10:00pm  – Have a quick shower, have dinner and watch some TV. I often end up blogging whilst watching TV cause nowadays there are more commercials on than actual quality content. I like shows like the Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones (as does the world lol). 

10:00 to 10:30pm  – Bedtime! I need a lot of sleep in order for me to function properly. So I always try to go to bed around this time. I know for a lot of people that this is super early. But I. need my sleep.

This routine will repeat itself about 5 times. 

This is what a typical day-to-day life looks like as a hotel manager. If you have any questions about this let me know in the comments below and I will answer them for you. 


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