Over the last few years I’ve stayed in many many hotels and I can honestly say the quality can vary enormously. With most hotel chains you kinda know what to expect but when it comes to independent or ’boutique’ style accommodation the star rating isn’t always an indication of what you are going to get.

The one thing I have noticed is that if a hotel has added some nice finishing touches to their decor, amenities and service  the overall experience tends to be better. It really is the nice touches that take a hotel from good to great. Here are my top ten nice touches for hotels with an accompanying slide deck. If you are reading this by email click here for the slide deck.

1. A great power shower

There is nothing worse than having a rubbish shower. Actually having a rubbish shower position over the top of one of those shallow and small bathtubs which you can’t actually have a bath in – that is worse. A great power shower with a separate bath tub will always be a winner for me.

2. Proper coat hangers

Do hotels really think guests are going to steal their coat hangers? Is that why a lot of hotels have those coat hangers without an actual hook?

3. Complimentary water

All hotels should have a few bottles of complimentary water in the bedrooms. It costs a tiny amount and makes a guest feel a little bit more looked after. Complimentary water should really be available throughout the hotel.

4. International plug adapters

This is such a nice touch and so handy for frequent business travellers. Having the plugs already in the bedroom is an added bonus.

5. Decent bath products

Firstly I can’t stand two in one shampoo / conditioner products. Secondly I don’t like using the pump action canisters cemented to the shower wall. Some nice small travel size products are all I ask for. Oh and some body wash rather than just soap.

6. Easily accessible wifi

Wifi in hotels should be free. Simple as that. It should also be easily accessible so that guests do not have to remember their room number, access code, mother’s maiden name, blood type before they can get online.

7. Complimentary breakfast 

I can’t stand hotels that nickel and dime their customers. A continental breakfast buffet shouldn’t cost an individual $40 plus tax especially if they have already paid a huge amount for an over night stay. Just include a continental breakfast for free and if the guest wants a hot breakfast feel free to charge them extra.

8. Extra duvets and pillows

If there is an actual duvet this is a step in the right direction (who wants four layers of sheets and blankets?) A nice touch is extra duvets and pillows tucked away for the guest. Extra special hotels will give guests a choice of pillows with the turn down service.

9. A reasonably priced mini bar

Everyone knows that mini bars are ridiculously priced. To afford a small tub of cashew nuts most have to sell their first born. A great hotel will not over charge on the mini bar – some will offer the mini bar contents for free. I particularly like these hotels.

10. A turn down service

The first time I saw a towel made in to a swan I was impressed, the second and third time I was less impressed. I am however really impressed with a turn down service that is actually a service. Close my curtains, pull out the duvet, leave me some nice chocolates and some extra water. Don’t worry about putting the creepy jazz music on the speaker system though.


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One comment

  • Jen Sankbeil February 25, 2014   Reply →

    I agree with these points 100%. If you’re dishing out hundreds of dollars for a hotel room, I would expect higher quality amenities.

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