When it comes to the best hotel stays, it's not plush spas, marble lobbies and striking architecture that really matter to me. It's the little things some hotels get right that really make a difference...and make us want to come back. Am I right?
For example, real cream (such as the Mini-Moos) provided with an in-room coffee maker...and not those awful chemical-ly packets "non-dairy creamer." That's one of the little things I appreciate when I check in at a hotel.
Here are some small things I've noticed that always make me feel good about the hotel I'm staying in.
Mini-Moo's real cream for in-room coffee.
Real exhaust fans in the bathroom- not just some spooky looking “vent.”
A clean TV remote & a TV that does not make me flip through menus and pay per view ads.
Light switches that do not require an engineering degree to operate. (Who needs “twilight” in a hotel room?)
A shower with plenty of light, a glass door, and no filthy shower curtain.
Real hangers, please!
A real door that closes to the bathroom, this hotel in Bangkok only had a heavy curtain separating the bathroom from the guest room.
Windows that open to the outside– no hermetically sealed rooms, please.
An easy to understand thermostat with AC that is not “motion controlled” and turns off in the middle of the night.
Plenty of knobs on which to hang towels, clothes or toilet kits in the bathroom.
Glasses, cups or mugs that are wrapped in plastic so I know they are clean.
One thing I have not yet seen, but would love to: A hotel that provides a mouse pad for use on glass-topped desks! Has anyone ever seen that? I usually have to use a menu or magazine to make my portable mouse work.
What are the "little things" that you notice when you stay at a great hotel?