I probably spend a couple dozen nights in hotel rooms each year primarily for business travel. Over time I’ve learned what makes the trip more comfortable and productive and a lot of it has to do with lodging choice.
Hotels come in all price ranges and brands, but there are certain perks that make or break the stay for me. Some people might say I’m picky, but I like to think of it as being discerning!
Free Internet Access
One of my travel pet peeves is paying for internet access. When the norm is to offer free wi-fi at coffee shops, airports and fast food restaurants, why do I have to pay at a hotel? It should be built into the cost of a room because nearly every business and most leisure travelers will use it.
One of the pleasures of travel is trying local specialty foods but I don’t want adventure in the morning. Give me a free continental breakfast or reasonably priced buffet and it’s a great start to a productive day. Hoteliers shouldn’t even bother if their idea of breakfast is danish, coffee and a cup of Tang.
Guests want variety, hot food and real fruit juices and we want it quick. Being from the West coast, an 8 am meeting feels like 5 am to me. I don’t want to have to get up hours earlier for the privilege of eating. Make it something quick, tasty and reasonably priced.
When I’m exercising regularly it’s important to be able to continue while on the road. Work-out room should have more than 1 bike or treadmill. A room with a variety of equipment in good repair is essential.
Even if I’m not going to exercise, hitting a pool and jacuzzi after a long day is very relaxing. It is surprising how many hotels in cold locations don’t have indoor facilities.
I’m one of those people who don’t want to talk before having one or two cups of joe. Having a in-room coffeemaker lets me inbibe while getting ready. Hotels that offer name brand coffees with liquid creamers get extra points.
A car alarm left guests, including yours truly, bleary-eyed on a trip last month. Problems with noise is more common than you think. My sleep has been interrupted by partying guests, noisy air conditioners and more.
One way to avoid these problems is requesting rooms away from elevators, ice machines and vending areas. The room overlooking the pool might have a great view, but it can be noisy and might not close until 10 pm or later.
My husband’s list would include a TV with lots of channels while I don’t even use it on many trips. What are you must have hotel perks?