16 Things Hotels Should Have—But Don’t
Staying in a hotel should feel like an escape—after all, we are paying for a bed to always be made, an abundance of clean towels, free cable TV, and maybe even a nice piece of chocolate on our pillows at bedtime. Here are 16 things hotels should have but too often don’t.
More amenities, please
Even the best hotels in the world could offer additional amenities to make our stay more comfortable, pleasant, and memorable. Let’s look at the things all hotels should have, starting in the bathroom and moving down through the lobby. In fact, toiletries are some of the things you should immediately check for in your hotel room.
Remember when a little bottle of mouthwash was standard alongside shampoo and conditioner, a mini sewing kit, and an individually wrapped Q-Tip? Us too, and we would like every hotel to once again offer mouthwash (as the well-stocked bathrooms at the Encore Boston Harbor do) because sometimes, especially when traveling for business, you want a quick mouth pick-me-up and with the carry-on liquid limit TSA now enforces, a frequent flier cannot bring their own mouthwash bottle. Find out why most hotels don’t automatically provide guests with toothpaste.
Bars of soap
Kudos to Marriott for phasing out single-use bottles of shampoo and conditioner in favor of pump bottles in their showers but nothing beats—and helps reduce plastic use—like a good bar of soap. Not every room can have a great view but here are some of the best hotel room views to add to your travel bucket list.
Bathroom night light
Few things are more jarring when staying in a hotel than going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and flipping on the light to make sure you remember where the toilet is located. That harsh beam of artificial illumination at 2:45 in the morning is nothing short of hideous, but it doesn’t need to be there at all. The best hotels now feature a soft below vanity light or a simple nightlight. Memorize these 50 packing tricks before your next trip.
Magnifying mirror in a bathroom with good lighting
Hotel bathrooms would ideally have an array of light options, from nightlights for those 2:00 a.m. potty breaks to strong illumination for preparing yourself before a big night out. Travel writer Vera Holroyd of Passports & Spice remarks that, “I thought I was crazy or super high maintenance to want better lighting and a magnifying mirror in a hotel bathroom until a Hilton focus group revealed the exact same thing.” While we’re on the topic—full-length mirrors would be welcome, too. Find out the secrets to packing lighter before you set out on your next trip.
Key card access to elevators
“I appreciate when hotels require guests to use their room keys to access rooms via the elevator, because even though there are times I fumble to dig my key out of my bag, as a woman who travels solo, this extra layer of security provides reassurance,” says Leticia Barr of Tech Savvy Mama. This nifty piece of safety technology, making guest room floors accessible only to those with key cards, is something every hotel should have. Here are more ways to make your hotel stay safer.
Every hotel needn’t have a full pillow menu like the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya’s Rock Royalty program, offering water and lavender-scented pillows among other luxe choices, but it is easy enough to offer two or four pillows on each bed, half of which are firm and half-soft pillows like Hilton Hotels wisely do. Having many different pillow options would be right up there with these 13 most incredible hotel amenities available.
A plethora of closet space
While you can get away with a lack of space for a one or two-night stay in a hotel, a plethora of closet space is a must when traveling with your family and staying in a hotel, shares Holroyd. Still, many hotels do not provide guests with enough drawer or closet space—and the hangers to go along with it—to fully unpack and make their room a home away from home. These are the 11 things you should always pack in your carry-on for a successful trip.
Iron and ironing board
Because not every company on earth is business casual yet or because you want to be wrinkle-free before the celebratory nights out for which you traveled in the first place, an iron and ironing board remain essential hotel room amenities. Not every hotel room has an ironing board anymore but here’s why hotel rooms still have a bible.
Smart TV with free Netflix
C’mon, it’s nearly the year 2020, every hotel should not only have a Smart TV for easy access to popular streaming channels like YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Hulu but there should be complimentary Netflix access where there was once Cinemax with those tiny booklets outlining a month’s worth of premium programming which we’d flip through hoping a good movie was on late at night after we got back from sightseeing or the business meeting that brought us to town in the first place. Just be careful when you touch that remote control; it’s one of the 11 dirtiest spots in hotel rooms.