I love the quote above, but it really got me thinking. To begin with, anytime I’m traveling is a refuge from my normal life, my work life, my routine. But home? Home is comfortable. Home is set up the way that works best for me. Even though going to a hotel, especially like the one with a view like this, can be special,it’s not home and it’s almost never set up perfectly for me. What do I like in a hotel room and what do I hate? Let me tell you.
I rarely dish out the funds for a luxury hotel, very rarely, so I’m not likely to be renting a suite with baskets of fruit, let alone full sitting rooms. However, sitting is important to me. I don’t want to sit on my bed. When I’m out and about, I’m usually beating the pavement. Cities are full of grit and dirt, and I’m sure that gets on my clothes, so the last thing I want to do is sit on my bed. I’d like it to be nice and clean when I’m ready to sleep. So it’s important to me to have at least one chair or possibly two. No one is out sight-seeing all the time.
There are a few things that make me crazy in most hotel rooms, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Even without being a blogger where being online pretty much everyday is critical, it’s important to have outlets and wifi. Every traveler nowadays wants to update their families and friends about what they’ve been up to. They want to check their email. It’s ingrained in us at this point. Yes, I agree it’s important to unplug every once in awhile and take a technology detox. But let’s face it, we don’t want to, so when I have to uplug the only lamp or move a dresser or some other very inconvenient piece of furniture, I’m just not happy. Why aren’t there just enough outlets to go around? Ideally there would be some on each wall, and while I’m at it, how about a desk or table to put my computer, ipad, or other device on while I’m working?
Another pet peeve of mine is having no windows or windows that don’t open. I like fresh air, and I even don’t really mind city noise. I would like to have a choice of whether or not I want outside air, air conditioning, noise. The few places I’ve stayed with no windows at all are really suffocating. I hate that. Not long ago we were in Singapore, and I couldn’t believe how many hotel rooms were out there with no windows at all, not at all. The rooms were dark and the only exit is the door. Not cool. I need a window, and I really want one that I can open!
Things I don’t really need: a full sized dresser. I don’t really know anyone that completely unpacks for a few days stay, and how often do you really stay in a hotel longer than that? I’m a huge fan of the closet with shelves. I can put my clothes on a shelf or hang them as I see fit. I also love those little fold up trays that hold your suitcase. I don’t mind living out of my suitcase, but there needs to be a place for it. I hate, hate, hate having to leave it on the floor.
Finally, let’s talk bathrooms! For me, they are a must these days. Every once in a blue moon I’ll be okay with sharing, but let’s face it, as luxuries go, having my own private place to do my thing really is high on the list. If I’m going to share, or use an outdoor toilet, there better be an end in sight. I can tell myself, “It’s only for three days!” or whatever to get me through but for the most part I feel like my hotel room is my home away from home, and home is supposed to be comfortable. Put me out of my zone during the day, but come nighttime, I like to feel calm.
And in that bathroom, should be a shower. Showers are paramount, and I don’t mean those shower heads that hang over the bath faucet with nowhere to hang it from the wall. I’m not overly picky here, but I don’t like to stoop, squat, or have to take a bath. A bath is not something I want to take to get clean; it’s for relaxing or romancing. That’s it. Give me a stand up shower with lots of hot water and good pressure!
So, yes I love a good view, a comfortable bed. I love being away from home and traveling to find my zen, but hey, even us folks that don’t mind “roughing it” have a few must-haves in a hotel room. It just shouldn’t be that hard!
How about you? What are your hotel pet peeves or must haves?
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