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Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

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.

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

Mini-Moo's real cream for in-room coffee.

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

Real exhaust fans in the bathroom- not just some spooky looking “vent.”

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

A clean TV remote & a TV that does not make me flip through menus and pay per view ads.

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

Light switches that do not require an engineering degree to operate. (Who needs “twilight” in a hotel room?)

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

A shower with plenty of light, a glass door, and no filthy shower curtain.

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

Real hangers, please!

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

A real door that closes to the bathroom, this hotel in Bangkok only had a heavy curtain separating the bathroom from the guest room.

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

Windows that open to the outside– no hermetically sealed rooms, please.

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

An easy to understand thermostat with AC that is not “motion controlled” and turns off in the middle of the night.

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

Plenty of knobs on which to hang towels, clothes or toilet kits in the bathroom.

 

Small Things Some Hotels Get Right

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?