A “hotel test sleeper”, also known as a “hotel reviewer”, has been declared by many as the coolest job on Earth.
Zhang Xinyan is a PhD candidate from Nankai University in Tianjin who does just that.
She told reporters that her job is to promote the hotel while remaining appropriate and objective when reviewing its facilities, location, dining, services and prices.
“I believe it’s a matter of attitude,” Zhang said, “You need to write your reviews in a tactful way. You may start with the hotel’s advantages and then mention things that you think need improvement. This way, the readers will find your review more reliable and acceptable.”
The job is actually far from relaxing. It’s fast-paced, demanding and involves a good deal of live microblogging and reporting. The test sleeper will post what he or she finds most exciting about the hotel and introduce it on Weibo. After staying in the room, the reviewer will write up an elaborate report discussing the food, rooms, and various services of the hotel in detail with related pictures. Often times, the test sleeper travels from hotel to hotel to scrutinize and compare different aspects and services of the facility.
Test sleeping took off in China when it was introduced on Qunar.com back in 2009, and the number of “career sleepers” has grown in size as more travelers have begun choosing their hotels based on such reviews.
By Lucy Liu
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