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Hotel rooms and clothing storage

In looking at photos of a bunch of hotel rooms I noticed that many of them didn't seem to have anyplace to store clothing. Has that been your experience there?
Edit: I really appreciate having someplace to hang clothing, especially bulky winter clothing (that might be wet).

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To be honest, I pack my clothes in cubes and rarely hang anything. There are two exceptions. If I wash a few things, I hang them to dry or sometimes if a dress or top has wrinkles, I'll hang it get the wrinkles to release. That said, I stayed in a budget hotel in Reykjavik and there was clothes storage, a few drawers and a short rod with hangers.

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Exactly what do you mean by "store clothing." ?? Remember the average European hotel room is a third to half the size of a standard US rooms -- there are some exceptions. I have always found some form of a closet or at least a handing bar on the wall to hang up clothing -- hangers?? sometimes you need to ask the front desk for a couple of more. Have been in rooms with no furniture other than the bed, maybe a small night stand, but no real chest of drawers. It is rare for me to unpack more than I will the next day. So I am not sure exactly what you are asking. Also are you asking just about Iceland or Europe in general?

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I've never been to Iceland but have been to many other European countries. I usually stay in distinctly budget-level hotels. By far the most common number of hangers provided in my (single) hotel rooms has been 3. Double rooms typically had 6 hangers. Very often--maybe most of the time--there were no drawers. On one occasion there was neither a rod nor hangers, just a single hook.

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Remember the average European hotel room is a third to half the size
of a standard US rooms -- there are some exceptions.

Please be patient - I'm not an experienced a European traveler. (I wish I was, but life circumstances haven't allowed for it.) My only real experience traveling there was during a 2 week trip to Turkey in grad school. The places we stayed had closets and dressers.

So I am not sure exactly what you are asking. Also are you asking just
about Iceland or Europe in general?

Iceland since this is the Iceland forum.

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That is not a given. Some new posters often tend to over look the structure of the site and post questions just about anywhere it is convenient. I will provide the disclaimer that since I have not been to Iceland, I cannot comment on Iceland hotels. I assume they would be similar to most European hotels. But that doesn't answer the question -- What do you need or want? Large closets and chest of drawers?

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I was in Iceland in September, 5 -6 years ago. Because we were in France first, I elected to layer my outerwear, instead of bringing a heavier jacket that I would wear only in Iceland. Looking at my photos from Iceland, I was wearing long sleeves and pants, with a lightweight fleece jacket and then a raincoat with a scarf as a top layer. I also had light gloves and a hat. I can see in a photo, that I was hanging the fleece and raincoat in a closet that was about 2 feet in width.

You don't say when you are going, but I have found that when I have multiple layers of varying weights and types of fabric, I can more easily adapt to the day's weather. This worked especially well for a trip we took in January that started in Barcelona at about 60 degrees, followed by Austria and then Switzerland where I wore every layer I had. (and was quite comfortable.)

We camp, so I have become quite adaptable which carries over to other travel. I've hung/dried clothes on chairs, shower bars, window ledges, window locks, etc. You will figure it out. If it were me and there was a difficulty, I'd ask the staff if they had an idea where to hang outerwear.

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Every hotel is different. I've been to Iceland a few times. Some places has a clothing rod to hang clothes and some shelves to store clothes if you wanted. Others had old clothes chests to hang and store clothes.

My suggestion is to check the photos on the hotel's websites, or room photos on sites like Tripadvisor, and get an idea of what you will encounter where you choose to stay.

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I have recently been to Iceland and I stayed at 11 different hotels/guesthouses. I cannot remember any of them that had a closet. The 4 star hotel in Reykjavik had open shelving and several of the others had short bars or hooks that had hangers, enough for 2-3 items.

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In worst case, there is usually a small table/ desk with two chairs. I have used chairs to hang clothes in a pinch, it works fine. By the way, you don't need bulky clothing to stay warm.

There are ultra light down jackets that can fold into small sacs out there - check out Uniqlo or REI (https://www.rei.com/c/down-jackets/f/f-packable?ir=category%3Adown-jackets&r=c%3Bf) ..it's all about layering, not heavy weight clothes per se.