Inspired by my good friend Dia’s recent post about the 5 travel luxuries she won’t give up, I got myself thinking – I sure do have a laundry list of things I wouldn’t sacrifice while traveling now too (for instance, I vowed to “treat” myself to a flat-bed in business or first class on flights over 8 hours, using miles of course…, and I also promised myself I would never do a mileage run again).
I’m really not that much of a diva when it comes to hotel amenities though. For the most part, I want the basics covered (wifi, a clean room, etc.), with simple amenities to make a comfortable stay. In terms of hotels, I realized that it really pisses me off when my room doesn’t come with these 5 things:
A quality hair dryer: I’ll be the first to admit that I probably am the only adult female on the planet that still doesn’t know how to do a proper blow out on my hair. Drying my hair usually consists of me blasting the hair dryer all over my hair from every direction until it’s no longer dripping wet, and I don’t own fancy brushes. I guess that’s the reason why I was born with pin-straight hair because I could just “polish” my freshly dried hair by running a flat iron over it for 30 seconds.
Even with my lack of hair-styling talent, I do get pissed off when I check into a hotel and theres one of those cheap-0 hair dryers fixated on the wall. It’s almost always a gamble if they’ll actually work or not. And if they do, I can almost guarantee I’ll be hitting the reset button at least a dozen times. Oh, and forget about sharing a bathroom with someone when it’s time to get ready…
Outlet next to the bed: It’s 2015, and this is a given. We live in a world where we sleep with our phones within arms’ reach (sadly). I can’t begin to tell you how many hotels (even luxury) I’ve been to that do not have outlets by the bed (!!!). How dare I have to actually get out of bed in the morning to hit snooze 5 times?
Complimentary Bottled Water: It’s always nice having water in the room, especially if the hotel is not close to a convenience store. In fact, I’d rather have water over wine.
Products I can take home: Although I understand the motives of hotels that chose to have soap/shampoo dispensers in the shower, I get a “YMCA”/community shower vibe from that (cough::Aloft::cough). I prefer the room being stocked with bath and shower products I can actually take home with me (bonus if it’s a brand I love).
Full Length Mirror: Um… how
else am I supposed to take selfies am I supposed to see if the shoes match the bag? :-P
What are some things that annoy you when they’re no where to be found in your hotel room?