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Best Features of Hotel Rooms

Updated on April 22, 2017
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Stephen is a dedicated and obsessive road warrior! He loves to travel, meet new people, and try new local cuisine!

There are a lot of folks out there that really don’t like staying in hotels. Then, there are people like me that actually quite enjoy it. I treat it as my “me” time. I get some food to go, maybe a bottle of wine and watch some mindless movie on Netflix. I almost always sleep great and I don’t have to make the bed!! I’ve stayed in countless hotel rooms over the years. Most I liked, some I hated. I have created a wish list of sorts containing all the major features I like best in a hotel room. I rarely find one that has them all, but when I do, I make note of where that unicorn is located!

Comfort Features

Comfort is such a subjective term. What is comfortable for some is excruciating for others. However, these are what crave when staying in a hotel.

The Bed – The bed can make or break a hotel night for me. I have stayed on some that were so rock hard that I was convinced I was sleeping on foam stretched over plywood! I want a bed that makes me regret having to get up.

Pillows – At home, I sleep with three large pillows and a body pillow between my knees. When traveling, I find that at LEAST 5 normal pillows are the minimum I need to be comfortable. Hotel pillows tend to be smaller and more loosely filled than the ones at home, causing them to flatten out much faster. If you want to make me happy, give me more pillows than most people would logically need!

The Office Chair – I travel for my job. Therefore, I usually work for several hours in my hotel room. The office chair is an essential comfort element for me. I am tall, so I want a chair that adjusts. I also want it to lean back. I don’t care about the color or fabric as long as it’s comfy. While I am on the subject, I prefer that the desk not be situated directly by the A/C unit. I don’t want to freeze to death while I type an e-mail!

Constant Fan – Speaking of A/C units, I like the units that have a “Constant Fan” or “Fan On” setting. At home, I sleep with a fan for noise and air circulation, even in the dead of winter. There is nothing I hate more than ALMOST being asleep when the unit kicks off, plunging the room into deafening silence. It instantly wakes me up.

Exhaust Fans – While we are on the topic, why can’t ALL hotel bathrooms have exhaust fans? I don’t think I need to elaborate any more on this. You know what I’m talking about!

Other Furniture – It’s not always the case, but occasionally, I like to have a couch, loveseat, or chair to sit on instead of the bed. That’s why I love Comfort Suites so much! I always get a little living room where I can spread out!

The Shower – If I have a bad shower experience, it sets my whole day off to a bad start. All I ask for is hot water and some good pressure, that’s it! Obviously, I’d also like a shower curtain. You might laugh, but that has happened to me more than once and I didn’t notice until it was too late!

Convenience Features

Most hotels do their best to make their visitors happy with items like shampoo, iron and board, coffee, and an extra blanket. It takes a few extra perks to get me to take notice.

Ample Outlets – I have two laptops, an iPad, a phone, and occasionally a Bluetooth speaker that I need to charge when traveling. I have stayed places where I had to choose between a lamp and charging my phone. I also watch movies by plugging my laptop into the TV, so I need a free plug nearby, which isn't always easy to find.

USB Outlets – You want to solve my outlet problem, just have those great little power strips with the USB ports on them. When I see those, it brings a smile to my face!

Microwave and Fridge – If I am staying more than one night, I really like to have both items. Normally, I can live with just a fridge. A microwave is just extra points!

Compatible TV – In this age of technology, this problem happens WAY too often at hotels. I get my computer plugged into the HDMI port on the television and am all ready to watch a movie. Then I realize I have no way of changing the source on the TV! This tends to happen to me in nicer hotels for some reason. The remote has no “Input” or “Source” button and will not access the menu. Occasionally, I can use the buttons on the TV itself, but sometimes, even those don’t exist! Nothing makes me angrier!

Distance from the Elevator – PLEASE, for the love of all that is holy, stop putting me right by the elevator!! For some odd reason, people think it’s perfectly acceptable to talk at full volume when getting off at their floor. I really don’t mind the walk! In fact, if I am closer to the end of the hall, I prefer to take the stairs!

Bill Under the Door – When I am ready to go, I don’t want to have to make another stop at the desk for my bill. It’s so nice to wake up and have it all ready and waiting for me by the door!

Lap Desk – I mentioned in a previous article that my favorite feature at the Hampton Inn was the lap desk. There is just something about it I love! It’s so nice to be able to work on my computer while stretched out and comfy on the bed. It’s like they say, “Sometimes, it’s the little things in life.”

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Well, that about does it. Those are things I long for when staying in a hotel. I look forward to discovering more features in the future as hotels continue to innovate and improve their service models. As I said earlier, it’s very rare that one hotel has the entire list in one room. Once in a while, I strike gold!

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    • Stephen Meadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephen Meadows 

      19 months ago from San Antonio, TX

      The air mattress is a pretty slick idea! I like that!

    • Austinstar profile image

      Lela 

      19 months ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      The beds! Believe it or not, I used to travel with my own blow up mattress. Sleeping on air is the best. Hotel beds have strange pressure points. I could never adjust. The air bed adjusts to me!

      I also loved hotels with indoor pools, so I could get a nice swim in. There were some hotels that had spectacular indoor pools! One Holiday Inn is so memorable, that I will never forget their lovely pool and service. It's in Kansas City, Kansas of all places.

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