Whine Wednesdays: Hotels With ACs That Are ON / OFF Only


The comfortable room or airline cabin temperature is often dependent what one has used to (can be cultural too) and seems that there is no consensus on this issue.

Whine Wednesdays Hotels With ACs That Are ON OFF Only

Some are comfortable sleeping with 25+ Celsius temperatures while others need something below 20. My personal preference is somewhere between 20 to 21, although can sleep colder as well. Hotter and I sweat and find it very uncomfortable.

Today, I am spending a night at the Holiday Inn Resort in Phuket (not my favorite hotel here but needed something walkable in Patong) and have great issues with the AC. I have had this very same issue at some other hotels as well.

You can basically either turn the AC ON or OFF but there is nothing else in between. You can theoretically choose the room temperature but it doesn’t work and the AC is directly blowing to the bed.

This is not an issue if one has a suite. I would just leave the AC on in the living room and turn it off in the bedroom. Just keep the door open between the rooms and the temperature is usually fine. I do this too when the AC is too noisy to sleep.


The comfortable room or cabin temperature is often thorny issue. Why hotels that supposedly have these controllable systems have them run ON/OFF only where getting comfortable room temperature is basically impossible (too hot or too cold).

When the AC runs it is soon too cold and if you turn it off it is too hot in 30 minutes. At least the cold blow keeps me awake but difficult to get sleep in this heat or cold

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  • Richard

    In similar situations I much prefer to leave the A/C turned on during the day while I am gone to cool down the room. At night I will turn off the A/C and enjoy the cool room. I am bothered by A/C noise and A/C draft. A room change is in order if the A/C noise issue is associated with a maintenance issue.

  • Sididdly

    Oh woe is me. Life is so hard..

  • bluecat

    WTF? That picture is of an A/C unit that is NOT window-mounted! Been a looooong time since I’ve seen that.

    In my world, that A/C go on like a diesel semi truck idling next to the bed. On, then off. Every 3 minutes or so.

    I can only WISH I saw one of those A/C blower grates again instead of the window unit.


  • David

    What language is this article written in?

  • Ramitran

    This is a huge problem for me sometimes. Just can’t sleep in any kind of airflow. Usually I combat it by lowering the temperature freezing before bed and then just turn AC off (or time delayed stop 5-10min). Might wake up sweaty sometimes in the night and need to run AC again while visiting toilet. Luckily I have get somewhat better used to heat after constant sauna practice and living in Thailand. Fasting 3-6 hours before bed helps too. It’s just impossible to sleep in hot if your body is producing heat from the food you just ate.

    It’s just stupid that some hotels don’t aircondition their corridors. It would be cheaper to run ACs constantly in the corridors than have quest needing to start and stop their own units all the time.

    • I would say that I am more comfortable with hot weather having been in Asia-Pacific quite extensively in the past few years.

      The heat can also be excessive in countries such as Japan, Korea and China during the winter. They seem to like overheating the public spaces sometimes to the degree that is is very uncomfortable.