What Makes a Hotel Perfect to You?

Travel Weekly recently surveyed travelers (a combination of business and leisure) to see which hotel amenities are the most important to them when choosing a property. I agree with most of these, but think that in-room coffee/tea service should be ranked right up there near the top. I love it when a hotel room has tea - I mean, coffee is typical, but when they have great tea I'm a happy camper. Anyway, see if your own personal “needs” are met with these hotel amenities:

  1. Complimentary Breakfast – I guess everyone enjoys being able to grab a quick breakfast in the lobby and enjoy it with 50 of your new best friends (many of whom are still in their PJs). I tend to agree, especially when they have good tea, an omelet station, and the required waffle maker! In most of Europe, breakfast is included in the room rate, and can range from basic rolls & coffee to a huge spread.

  2. Good Shower Pressure – Yup...high on my list too. I LOVE good shower pressure and hot water.

  3. Internet/Free Wifi – It always blows me away that so many US hotels charge upwards of $12.95 per day for WiFi access! All over Europe, even the smallest mom & pop hotels include free WiFi. I think this is worth a revolution...who’s with me?

  4. Plenty of Free Parking – OK, I get it that some City-Center hotels simply don’t have the space for parking and need to charge, and I am certainly willing to tip a valet well for good service, but it sure is nice to have the option to self-park your car for a reasonable fee, if not complimentary.

  5. 24-hour Front Desk Services – Not very high on my list....I’m usually safely stashed in my room before too late. But, I can see how it could be annoying for a tired business traveler to pull into a hotel after a long drive and have no one there to check-him in.

  6. Non-Smoking facility – OK...feel free to disagree, but I love having a totally non-smoking hotel at my disposal. Sorry smokers!

  7. Swimming Pool – Only important to me if we are talking about a vacation resort....and then it is very important.

  8. Bar with Happy Hour – Definitely a great escape to be able to get my glass of wine in the evening....

  9. Air Conditioning within-room Thermostats – Absolutely! This should be a given - please don't give me a hotel room where I can't adjust the temperature!

  10. Coffee and Tea setup in Lobby – Sure, that’s nice, but it is even nicer to have in-room coffee. I’ve noticed that more and more resorts are forgoing their coffee service and putting a Starbucks in the lobby so you can have the privilege of paying for your morning caffeine – and having to get dressed before you can enjoy your first cup. No thank you!

Did I leave out any of YOUR favorite hotel amenities? What makes you crazy if you find it missing from your room? I’d love to know, so please hit REPLY and rant on!


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