Fabulous Fridays: Fax Machines In The Hotel Room (Mostly In Suites)

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Our ‘Blast from the Past’ Fabulous Friday topic this week is about hotels that have fax machines in their rooms, allowing guests to send and sometimes receive a fax right at their desk.

Fax machines can sometimes also be used as a printer if hooked up to the computer, however most of the time the machines hotels provide are rather antiquated and can’t be used for that purpose.

Okay, I have to admit this Fabulous Friday topic is rather ironic since I haven’t touched a fax in ages but recently I was actually asked by a Hong Kong based hotel to send a fax with my signature and credit card copy to confirm hotel reservation as apparently my credit card was expired. I obviously ignored the request and just made a new reservation online with an updated card but the process struck me as rather odd.

I was reminded on this episode when I checked in at a Sheraton hotel this week and found above pictured fax machine in my suite. I remember that the St. Regis Beijing also provides those in the suite rooms and I used it a few years ago to make a copy of two documents.

Receiving a fax would require the machine to have an individual phone number. Sending it wouldn’t provide many problems if any.

Conclusion

Even if someone needs a fax, nowadays there are several online options that offer sending a fax document to a respective number after uploading it online.

Have you ever used an in room fax at a hotel in the past decade? Hotels usually have business centers with copy machine, a computer and other machines. A fax however is often only found in the accounting department.

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