Marilyn and I have been discussing what makes for a perfect hotel room. We are staying in a lot of places on this trip and all fall short in some small way or other, although most are actually quite good. What is it we want? Well, here is our list:
- Clean and cleaned daily (not necessary to replace towels or sheets)
- Good reading lights – these are absolutely essential to us who like to read.
- Comfortable bed (this goes without saying)
- Nice sheets
- A minimum of four pillows, preferable six (three per person).
- A place to hang one’s clothes and a place to set suitcases down.
- A desk with a comfortable chair
- High strength WIFI or cable internet
- Ice bucket and accessible ice
- A coffee maker with the filters and good local coffee replenished daily, along with both real milk and cream
- A small fridge. If you want to provide a mini-bar, do so, but not in the fridge that guests need to use.
- TV and DVD player for some people, although we wouldn’t miss it.
- Air conditioning (and fan)
- Instructions on how to flush toilet – sometimes can be confusing.
- Accessible soft toilet paper, and in Latin America, the right to flush toilet paper down the bowl
- Shelf for toiletries & toiletry bags over or next to the sink in the bathroom.
- Place to hang towels
This is not necessarily luxury, and it should apply to all classes of hotel (except possible the lowest).