I’m not sure how a fully inflated beach ball got in my hotel room.

The ornamental blue vase next to the flat-screen TV? Not entirely certain about that, either.

But shortly after we checked in for the weekend, the two met. My four-year-old son couldn’t wait to get to the beach so he could play with his new toy. He pitched it to me, and when I bounced it back — crash! — the blow-up ball collided with the ceramic décor, splintering the vase into a thousand tiny shards. Chaos ensued.

I mention this oopsie because it could repeat itself a time or two during the coming months. It might even happen to you.

Hotels typically renovate at the end of the year because occupancy rates are at their lowest levels, according to Dean Singer, a designer with Design360unlimited, a Marina Del Rey, Calif.-based design firm that has worked on renovation projects for hotels such as Fairmont, Loews, Hyatt, and Marriott.

The upgrades don’t always go as planned.

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