What Do You Look For in a Hotel Room?

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Some people book hotels in their hometowns as part of a ‘staycation’, or vacation in town. Others book a room for a romantic weekend getaway while others still are traveling on business or attending a family reunion. Along with the ‘why’ of booking rooms in hotels is the ‘what’. What, as in ‘what are people looking for?’, as they peruse hotels looking at which ones offer the amenities and rates, among other preferences, they desire. There are very likely as many hotel supplies as there are reasons why people stay in hotels. When you are perusing hotels and reading through reviews, hotel supplies and amenities and photos, are there specific hotel supplies you look for? For many people, there are several must have hotel supplies and amenities if they are to book the room.

When you’re looking for hotels, if you’re like me, you know where you’re going and when you plan to go. You might have some leeway with the dates but those are the 2 things you generally know for sure. That is, in fact, the easy part. As you’re looking at different hotels, and the amenities they offer, keep in mind whether your required hotel supplies and amenities are offered at the hotels you’re looking at. When you’re looking at hotels, typical amenities often include alarm clocks, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers and black out drapes. Among these, are there hotel supplies that you must have, lest hotels be eliminated from your possible choices?

Some people bring their own beauty and hotel supplies with them because they require a very specific item, a high wattage diffuser hair dryer, for example. Packing, especially when you’re flying, can be tricky because sometimes the things you need or prefer to take won’t fit or aren’t convenient to take along. For that reason, many hotels have begun offering their guests amenities and conveniences to their that might not be expected.

Some people like their specific shampoo, conditioner, iron or extra absorbent towel but can, in fact, live without it. On the other hand, there are many people who have “must have” beauty and hotel supplies they wouldn’t even consider traveling without such as pillows, blankets and hangers that fit into garment bags.

As part of our everyday lives, we take most of the products we use for granted. When we travel, we assume a lot of the products we use in our everyday lives will be in our hotel rooms. For example, towels and toilet paper are hotel supplies we use everyday at home. On the other hand, there are everyday hotel supplies we can’t bring with us as it’s not practical, such as beds, hangers, bath mats and ironing boards. Most hotels offer these items, and many others, as a courtesy to their guests. Still other hotel supplies, such as luggage racks, information binders and ice buckets are helpful amenities when you’re in a lodge but unnecessary when you’re at home.

Obviously we know not everything will be included because it’s not home, it’s a guest room. When you’re searching for hotels, it’s important to make a list, or at least be mindful, of your needs relative to what’s offered. If you need roll away beds, high tech alarm clocks and complimentary continental breakfast, you can eliminate hotels if they don’t meet your basic needs. Higher end hotels often offer a wider variety of quality hotel supplies and amenities than budget inns but they also host a different guest with different needs. As you’re reviewing hotels to find the best one for you, knowing what you want and what you need will be tremendously helpful in ensuring you pick the right lodge for your family and your needs every time.




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