It never ceases to amaze me when I check into a higher-end hotel room, and some of the most basic, practical things are noticeably absent. Iím sure everyone can relate to the problem of running around turning on every single lamp, because there isnít a single overhead light to be found- but that’s just the beginning! With that in mind, here are the top 10 things every luxury hotel room should have.
Outlets by the bed
Given that just about every person on the planet is glued to their smartphone these days, itís frustrating to have to plug the charger into the bathroom outlet because there isnít one anywhere near the bed. I also canít count the number of times Iíve had to pull out pieces of furniture and unplug things like the clock or a lamp in search of an available outlet!
Itís funny that a place designed to host travellers ó aka people with large, cumbersome bags ó would make it so inconvenient to actually put your stuff away. I mean, how annoying are those hangers that donít actually come off the clothes rack? While I donít normally gawk at having to shove my suitcase into a corner, itís frustrating to find a complete lack of storage space in the bathroom. The last thing I want to do is put my toiletries bag on the dirty tile floor.
Lots of towels
Maybe Iím a bit of a diva when it comes to this, but I like to have the option of using more than one towel during the duration of my stay. Would it kill them to throw an extra couple in there once in a while, so Iím not forced to reuse a wet one that refuses to dry in the humidity?
People book hotel rooms for a place to sleep. Please make that possible, by installing blackout curtains to block out the bright city lights ó and noise!
How is paying for internet access still a thing? I canít stand spending hundreds of dollars on a hotel room, then finding out I have to pay an extra $20 PER DAY just to check my email. Considering the number of people who need constant access to the internet for work reasons, charging people for wi-fi is a full on money grab in my opinion. Strangely enough, this seems to be a common practice in fancier hotels compared with smaller operations like bed and breakfasts or hostels…what gives?
OK, I admit this is a little luxury, but I love the feeling of putting on a plush robe after a shower. In my books, any hotel that includes a robe in the closet is highly recommended!
Charging $3 for a bottle of water is just cruel. When you consider that it costs the hotel about 25 cents, there is no reason there shouldnít be one or two waiting on your bedside table. This is especially important in places where the water isnít safe to drink out of the tap.
I recently stayed in a beautiful, modern hotel, but was shocked to find a very strange design choice: a window into the bathroom! I understand Europeans are a little more liberal than us North Americans so this is more of a common thing over there, but I feel like every hotel room should have somewhere private to retreat toóespecially when it comes to doing your business!
A safety deposit box
No one wants to be caught in some foreign country without their passport, which is why the availability of a safety deposit box is so important. Regardless of how much they trust their staff, all hotel rooms should include one of these to give their guests peace of mind. Oh, and make sure theyíre bolted down!
A hair dryer
As a gal who has recently mastered the art of packing lightói.e. trekking around South America with only a carry-on bagóI try to avoid bringing bulky, heavy items like a hair dryer. While many hotels provide them, some still make you trek down to the lobby to borrow one, which isnít much fun with soaking wet hair! Also, it would be lovely if theyíd invest in actual hair dryers, and not the crappy ones attached to the wall that like to suck my long locks into the motor.