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Old 01-22-2017, 07:31 PM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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No, I use a iPhone alarm and a Casio watch alarm as back-up.
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Old 01-22-2017, 09:16 PM
Location: Saint John, IN
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NEVER! Ask for the wake up call, but use a back up. Simple as that!
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Old 01-22-2017, 10:06 PM
Location: Atlanta
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I usually have 2 alarms set on iPhone #1, 2 alarms set on iPhone #2, and 1-2 hotel call requests...at a minimum.

If I'm lucky at all I'll get 2 hours of sleep as I'm usually too anxious that I still won't wake up if the next day I have something I absolutely cannot miss/be late for.

But this has always caused me anxiety. One time I slept through like 6 alarms and missed most of my night shift at work once. I sat in the bed looking at the time like At the time I was an insomniac working two jobs...a night one and a day one up to 90 hours per week and my body just shut down one night.
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Old 01-22-2017, 10:41 PM
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I carry two cell phones most times, so the cell phones are sufficient, most times. The wake up call can be problematic, in my experience, but the worst is when I will answer the wake up call, and will not be fully awakened, so it's useless. Oh, and the best, is when the wakeup call comes late, as in I am already heading out the door.
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Old 01-22-2017, 11:29 PM
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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I've had pretty good luck with hotel wake up calls. In any case, I'll set a couple phone alarms, but use a wake up call from the hotel as a backup.
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Old 01-22-2017, 11:55 PM
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I use my phone alarm & the hotel wake up call as backup.

Anyway, most hotel wake up calls are no longer done by a live person, but computer generated, IME.
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Old 01-23-2017, 12:23 AM
Location: In a rural place where people can't bother me ;)
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Set your own alarm for 10 mins later than scheduled wake up call.
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Old 01-23-2017, 12:39 AM
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Never trust anyone just yourself
For such important events, I set up an alarm clock, the phone alarm, and wake up call:
Better safe than sorry!
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:41 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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I'm amazed this service still exists in 2017. And no I would use or trust the service.
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:46 AM
Location: Canada
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Our time changes here in the spring and fall. One early morning in the springtime, I just somehow happened to wake up in a panic, wondering why the front desk hadn't called for a wake up call.

I called the front desk in an absolute rage asking what time it was as our flight was leaving in less than two hours at a major airport. I'd requested a wake up call the night before but the dumbasses hadn't changed their clocks at midnight when the time changed. I screamed at them to call a cab and we didn't have a second to waste... no shower, no makeup, not even time to comb our hair. We threw our stuff into our suitcases and dashed to the lobby. We JUST made it to our gate.

Lesson learned!!! NEVER trust a motel wake up call. Bring your own alarm clock or set your phone alarm.
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