How To Override Hotel Thermostat Settings (Updated September, 2023)

by SharonKurheg

As we wrote a while back, modern hotel thermostats are, in a word, a pain. Well over a decade ago, we noticed the kind of thermostat where you were supposed to put your room key into a slot to keep the air conditioning (and sometimes the electricity!) running, which meant when you were out of the room, your A/C wouldn’t run and when you got back, the room would be uncomfortable. That one was easy to override because just about ANY card worked in the slot ;-).

As modern technology got more advanced, they started building motion sensors into hotel thermostats, which meant that not only did you have to be in the room for the A/C to work, you had to be moving around…so if you were sleeping and woke up in the middle of the night, the room could be uncomfortable because unless they were sleepwalking, no one had moved around in several hours.

And then there are the thermostats with upper or lower limits that you can’t bypass so the room won’t get warmer or colder than the hotel wants. Oh great, that way we can be uncomfortable in our room while we’re wide awake, too!

Fortunately, electronic-savvy travelers have made it their business to figure out how to override these nuisance thermostats so we can be in our hotel rooms more comfortably. Here are some hacks we’ve found (only found; we haven’t “invented” any) for some of the most popular brands at some of the more popular hotels:

NOTE #1: Of course, the hotels don’t want you to mess with their thermostats. Besides potentially using up more energy than the hotel intended, you run the risk of breaking their thermostat, like these people did – and frankly, the hotel may or may not hold you responsible for the repair bill. Your Mileage May Vary as to whether it’s a good idea or not to try to bypass the controls set by the hotel – but if you think it’s OK, here are some ways to do it.

NOTE #2: Some of these suggestions are older than others and hotels may have updated some controls. We make no guarantees they still work, but hey, it’s worth a try, right?

NOTE #3: It’s possible that some of these thermostat units are intended for houses, not hotels. We still added them, just in case. After all, some people rent houses, right?

NOTE #4: Some of the hotlinks aren’t working. Sorry about that; not my fault. If the one(s) you want to see isn’t/aren’t working, please cut and paste the URL into your browser.

Here we go…


Some of these videos specify what hotel brands use a particular brand of thermostat, some don’t. This one one of the latter. None of my research told me what hotels use an Alerton, but if you ever come across one… 😉


These are “below the window” units you see in some motel and hotel rooms, where the settings are in the unit.

Alternate AMANA PTAC

The older Amana PTAC units don’t need as much work to override the thermostat, as I discovered during a recent trip to a Candlewood Suites that had such a unit. Click here to see how easy it is.


These are frequently found in Holiday Inn Express – they’re specifically wall units without a motion sensor.

This is a different Amana unit, sometimes found in Holiday Inn Express hotels

And this works for some under the window Amana units so the fan stays on all the time:


There is a video of how to temporarily override a locked Braeburn thermostat:

However the Braeburn company conveniently shows you how to temporarily override their thermostat’s settings ON THEIR WEBSITE.


Some Marriott hotels, among others, use Carrier thermostats


Unfortunately, there is no way to reset a Chicago Controls thermostat. They’re pre-set to a certain temperature and there’s no override. 🙁


Some Holiday Inns use this brand of thermostat. This particular hack apparently overrides the motion sensor.


These instructions are specifically for the Emerson 1F83H-21NP


You can find these thermostats at some Hilton hotels. The direct YouTube link isn’t working for some reason, but you can click here to see it directly on YouTube.


This hack is said to stop the fan form cycling on an off

This one is specifically for Freidrich wall units


This video specifies Holiday Inn window units

This video specifies Motel 6 window units


This is for the FocusPro 5000 & 6000 brand of thermostat, which can be found in many hotels

The person who made this video says it’s used in Marriott hotels

This is for the Honeywell brand used in Premier Inn brand of hotels


This thermostat is sneaky because it doesn’t have a brand name on it. However on YouTube it’s identified as a HotelTech brand. They specified it for the Edina Park Plaza.


Frequently appearing in Hyatt and Sheraton hotels worldwide, Honeywell’s Incomm thermostats have an easily-activated ‘DON mode’ or ‘VIP mode’ that overrides the usual temperature limits.

This hack is specifically for the INNCOM E7 model, sometimes found at Hard Rock Hotels, Marriott, Element, Town Place Suites:

This is yet another INNCOM thermostat. This hack will supposedly giver you an override for both motion detection and temperature

Johnson Controls


This one has apparently helped quite a few people:


Lonix thermostats are used around the world. A writer at Australian Business Traveler posted a way to override them. Click here to check it out.


This isn’t really as much of an overrride as a way to make a LUX TX100e thermostat maintain a constant temperature


I couldn’t find any documentation on what hotels tend to use Mitsubishi thermostats. But here are the overrides for 2 models:

MITSUBISHI Generic/unlabeled version #1

MITSUBISHI Generic/unlabeled version #2

This YouTube link won’t work. Click here to see it on YouTube

MITSUBISHI Heavy Industries RC-E5 wall-mounted

NO NAME/No Brand On Thermostat

Refer to “HotelTech” brand of thermostats above and see if that’s it.


These may be found in Holiday Inn branded hotels.


This thermostat has been seen in Holiday Inn and Courtyard by Marriott



These are the thermostats used at many Disney hotels as well as some Wyndham hotels. There are 4 possible methods of overriding, depending on how old/what kind of thermostat your room has. The first video is older; if that doesn’t work, try the 2nd video. If the 2nd video doesn’t work, try the 3rd. And if the 3rd doesn’t work, try the 4th one.


These thermostats are sometimes found in Marriott, IHG and Hyatt properties, among others.


Often used in Accor hotels, these thermostats are a little more difficult to adjust, but it can be done.  A writer at Australian Business Traveler posted a way to override them. Click here to check it out.

This is another video for TRANE units



Heads up for adult language on this next one:



This one is kind of funny 🙂

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DaninMCI May 31, 2019 - 9:58 am

This is a super valuable post. Thanks.

SharonKurheg May 31, 2019 - 11:22 am

Thank-you! We try 😉

Some people bookmark it so they can find it more easily, in case they’re in a hotel and need it.

Marcy July 7, 2019 - 10:49 pm

Thanks so much! Just tried it tonight to put my fan on “Always” mode and it worked like a charm.

SharonKurheg July 7, 2019 - 10:58 pm

Whoop whoop! Glad it helped! Don’t forget to put the fan back to whatever the original setting is before you leave – it’s only fair.

Stephanie January 7, 2020 - 3:36 pm

or… if you have Verdant… you can call the desk and tell them you do not want to be part of their energy management program during their stay, and they will put you in VIP mode so you are not damaging equipment or unnecessarily putting more work on the maintenance team. Verdant is the ONLY company that has this option. FYI

SharonKurheg January 7, 2020 - 6:57 pm

For reals? I’ll add that to the post and give you cred, if you’ve got anything “official” that shows that?

David L Cohen July 21, 2020 - 4:54 pm

I’m a big enthusiast of overriding those annoying hotel thermostat settings. I travel a lot (or did) for business and personal travel and hate being hot in my hotel room. I’ve used a lot of online YouTube videos and the like to help, but this is a really great collection! How do I stay updated on your findings? Also happy to contribute if I find a hotel thermostat that I figured out how to override myself.

SharonKurheg July 21, 2020 - 7:05 pm

Hi David! I wrote this post a couple of years ago and although it’s been reposted once or twice, admittedly haven’t kept up with it in terms of making additions. If you find any YouTube videos that I missed, just give a shout out on this post with the link. Thanks!

Christian March 20, 2021 - 9:56 pm

Thanks so much for the update. The quick reference guide is invaluable. I’ve only found one hotel that had thermostats impervious to hacks so I’m running a pretty good average.

SharonKurheg March 21, 2021 - 12:09 am

Glad it’s helpful. A friend of ours also came across one recently; we’ll be posting about that story soon 😉

R Kug March 22, 2021 - 7:29 am

Some Marriott hotels have the control panel on the Amana blocked with a plate. Mine is controlled via a new Eden sensor w/ 4 buttons (mode, fan, up, down). To run the fan through the night, hold the mode button, it will go blank then say “OFF”. Simply press the up button/down button for off, low, or high.

Robert October 6, 2021 - 1:51 pm

Looks like there’s a new one in Holiday Express, the ‘Eden’ (Armana) DS02G. The manual says to hold + and – buttons, then select Mode twice to enter config mode, but no joy. Anyone else have more insight?

Eli October 31, 2021 - 9:04 pm

The INNCOM hack no longer works. It now gives you numbers after you do it.

SharonKurheg October 31, 2021 - 9:43 pm

OK, thank-you for the update

Lisa July 3, 2022 - 2:43 am

These are great links, and I’m bookmarking. Thanks. One tip to add: if you have high status with a chain, you can just try going to the front desk (I’m usually in a flop sweat by the time I give up on the in-room controls) and request an override. Perhaps it also helps that I’m not shy about using the word ‘menopause’? It rarely fails for me in Marriott/Hilton/IHG. Independent hotels, though—it’s fifty-fifty.

Tom July 30, 2022 - 12:03 am

Staying at a Thompson (Hyatt) and they have a thermostat that is all black without writing.

Apparently, it’s the InnCom E7 by Honeywell…and it has a VIP mode 🙂

From the manual…..

LIMITED ENERGY MANAGEMENT (LEM) MODE A special mode that can be enabled when an important or discriminating guest is checked into a room. A room placed in VIP mode uses expanded target temperature control bands (allows guests to select higher / lower than normal room target temperatures) and does not use larger temperature control bands when the room becomes un-occupied or the room window or balcony door is open. To activate VIP mode for a room for a 3-day period, perform the following steps:

1. Press and hold MODE

2. Press and hold FAN

3. Press and release the UP arrow button, then release the FAN and MODE buttons. In VIP mode the display will read LEn for 2 seconds, then return to normal operation.

SharonKurheg July 30, 2022 - 12:09 am

Thanks, Tom – I’ll add this in to our next update.

Chuck Bates June 13, 2023 - 11:21 pm

Does anyone have the hack for the Optimax thermostat? This site tells you how to use it but not how to hack it. Hoteltech shows it has a program mode but I can’t find how to get into program mode much less what to do once there.


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