A common theme in my blog lately has been travel, mostly because I have been traveling a lot in the past month. I’ve been to Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. April has been a whirlwind, and I am finally home. Because I have been traveling a lot I feel like hotels have become a second home.
I’ve stayed in DoubleTrees, Marriotts, Courtyards, Hiltons, Homewood Suites… I have stayed in hotels with too few pillows, too thin of walls, terrible breakfasts and youths, youths everywhere.
So, now I bring you the definite list of things that make hotels great:
- A close parking spot
- Friendly customer service
- Free alcohol (Homewood Suites, you and your drink tickets at check-in are a gem)
- A conveniently located room (nothing is worse than having to walk down the longest corridor EVER to your room)
- A working hotel key the first time I get to my room (you have no idea how frequently I have to return to the front desk because my key doesn’t work the first time they give to me)
- Pillows! SO MANY PILLOWS! (I firmly believe that you cannot have too many pillows)
- Outlets right by the bed (a lot of hotels have started putting outlets on the bedside lamps, some even put three or four on the nightstand – these hotels are AMAZING. I always start my unpacking process by plugging in my iPad, computer and two phones, if I can find easily accessible outlets for these, I am a happy camper)
- A working blowdryer (blowdryers have become more and more unreliable in hotel rooms, I might start packing my own…)
- Free breakfast (FREE. It doesn’t have to be the best, but free breakfast is so nice)
- Express check-out (while I love the humans at the front desk, I love not having to stop there on my way out in the morning even more)
Now I don’t need these things in order to stay in a certain hotel, they just make the experience a little better. What do you love when you’re staying in a hotel?