Between business travel and vacations I’ve stayed at a variety of hotels, from the very fancy to the very basic. No matter what the price tag, I find it’s the little things that can make or break my experience. Here are five things I think every hotel should have.
Our hotel at the Grand Canyon may have been “no-frills”
but at least it had free WiFi
–which I didn’t use because I kept my promise to myself.
If I’m travelling for work I’ll pay for WiFi, but no matter who’s paying the bill a hotel that advertises free WiFi shouldn’t make it tricky to log on without being charged.
2. Free water. I’ve gotten used to hotels trying to charge $4 or $6 for a bottle of water, so I’m pleasantly surprised whenever there’s a free bottle of water in my room. Since I can’t count on that, I usually re-fill my own water bottle in the hotel gym (if there is one) or at least pay a slightly less outrageous price for water at the hotel gift shop (if there is one).
I had to look up the exchange rate
to figure out how much this water cost in Copenhagen.
And of course a Starbucks in the lobby is always nice! 😉
3. A decent gym. I have found hotel gyms vary widely, and the nicest hotels may not have the nicest gyms. I’ve worked out in huge, well-equipped spaces, and I’ve taken one look at the “fitness room” and decided to go for a walk instead. A sturdy treadmill, a full set of free weights, and good ventilation are really all I need.
Fulls racks of free weights–I prefer the dumbbell style to the plate style
4. Idiot-proof controls. Have you ever been in a hotel room and not been able to figure out how to turn on the lights? It happened to me in London. To ensure that guests don’t leave the lights on, you had to insert your room key into a slot before the lights would work. In another hotel you could control everything (lights, curtains, music, TV) via iPad. While the idea was cool, the execution was annoying–who wants to wake up an iPad and scroll through to the right menu just to turn the lights off?
I liked the control panel on the left much better!
5. Counter space in the bathroom.Is this so hard to figure out? I need a place to put my toiletries but some hotels have pedestal sinks with only a small shelf, which means I end up knocking things onto the floor. And am I the only one who is tired of playing “where’d they hide the hairdryer”? Once it was on the top shelf of the closet!
Yes to ample counter space, but I could do without the scale!
Can you figure out something hotels try to not to have?
I thought my room on the 14th floor might really be on the 13th floor, but with the lobby, mezzanine level and ballroom level, I think I was really on the 17th floor, right?
What do you think every hotel should have?