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What makes a good hotel room?

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Staying at a hotel

What’s important to you in a hotel room? What’s the one thing you can’t do without? For some it might be a bar fridge, for others a good smooshie pillow and comfy bed. And definitely not being able to hear guests in the next room.

Given you’re probably not going to spend your entire holiday in your room you may not want 5-star luxe but as  a temporary “home-away-from-home” , it should be a comfortable and relaxing space where you can rest and recharge.

For my money I want  a fair price, good security and cleanliness, comfortable beds and pillows, working plumbing (as well as good water pressure) and somewhere to store clothes.

Beyond that, there are some extras that I also try to scout out when booking a room. Chances are they won’t all be on offer (especially in budget digs), so getting a number of the below can be a great bonus:

What to look for in a good hotel room

  • Free Wi-Fi with broadband speed to check emails, Skype home and do trip planning from the comfort of your room.
  • Included breakfasts are a great way to fuel your body for the morning and will generally take you through to lunch.
  • Free toiletries – there’s nothing worse than needing to cart around bottles of shampoo and conditioner in your bag. This is also especially the case with all the rules around what you can and can’t carry through airport security checks.
  • A small bar fridge in your room that you can store snacks or non-perishables in.
  • A good hairdryer saves you needing to lug around one from home.
  • Complimentary water – this is important if you’re staying in countries that don’t have drinkable tap water.
  • Plenty of electrical outlets so you can recharge more than one device at a time.
  • Friendly staff – having a bad experience at the front desk can really put a downer on your stay at a hotel. A smile and positive can-do attitude go a long way towards making you feel welcome.


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