Tyler Cowen writes about what he looks for in a hotel.
1. Very flat pillows so the head can lie almost flat.
2. No fawning from service people.
3. Numerous ready to access electrical outlets, including a laptop outlet right next to the bed so I can lean up against the pillow while blogging.
4. A non-ventilated bathroom which allows you to steam clothes into submission, and clothes hangars which support the same.
6. NBA-relevant channels on the TV and an easy to operate remote control system which does not trap said user in irrelevant menus.
7. Good breakfast choices which do not have an excess of carbohydrates.
On number 1, I suspect he doesn’t ask the hotels he stays in for the pillows he wants. Quite often they can accommodate, and not just when they offer the pretense of a ‘pillow menu’ in the room, that’s just a piece of cardboard that gives you the idea.
On 2, I prefer unobtrusive service. If I’m checked in in the room, I want them to leave as quickly as possible. Don’t show me the room, I can discover it myself. Every interaction should be short, efficient and to the point. It should solve a need. A resort stay is different, though, talking with hotel staff can serve as a window into the area (they know it better than you do) and if they are honest with you as a window into the local culture.
On 3, “this room has too many outlets” is something said by no hotel guest, ever.
4, I will introduce Tyler to Downy Wrinkle Releaser. It’s found a place in my Freedom Baggie.
Tyler’s taste in NBA basketball isn’t my own, I’d just recommend the LodgeNet app to control many hotel TVs. It doesn’t just provide a consistent remote experience, but your smartphone is likely cleaner.
Here’s my list.
- Free bottled water
- Quality in-room coffee with cream or half and half or at least a 24 hour coffee solution
- High-speed wireless internet with a good signal everywhere in the room
- Lots of outlets
- Bed and bedding similar to Westin Heavenly or Sheraton Sweet Sleeper
- Natural light in the room, and ceiling lights that illuminate the room not just lamps
- Separate sitting area, contra Tyler I prefer to blog at a desk…
- “Do not disturb means do not disturb.” (It doesn’t mean ‘knock instead of walking in’ and it doesn’t mean ‘call the room instead of knocking’. It isn’t an emergency.)
- Don’t turn off the a/c when you service the room. And overriding the hotel’s thermostat should work in warm climates.
- I want it ultra-clean, and a bathroom with big shower with quality toiletries since Downy Wrinkle Releaser in my Freedom Baggie means no room for shampoo.
There are plenty of other things that can make a stay good or even great, but these are my besics for comfort.
What are your hotel ‘musts’?