As a front desk clerk for a small hotel in a college town, I learned a lot about the hospitality industry in a relatively laid-back environment. The majority of business was seasonal, with the occupancy peaking during spring (eg. graduation, sports) and summer (eg. wedding/vacation), and slowing down during winter which often meant the opportunity to catch up on homework or reading. The most enjoyable part of the job was scheduling reservations and the day-to-day interactions with the clientele, vendors, and hotel staff, etc. I worked there for a year and covered nearly every shift -- morning/breakfast, afternoon check-ins, weekend checkouts, night audit.
I left to work at another local establishment with similar seasonal business, but with a larger managing staff, more employees, and greater scheduling flexibility.
Discount stay at any Hilton establishment
Small staff, difficult to request off or change schedule