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What is something that you wish came standard in hotel rooms?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by notfromconcentrate, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    I don't necessarily mean this from a perspective of things that were quietly removed as a cost-cutting measure or a way of preventing you from saving money (e.g. fridges, coffee makers). Rather, I mean this from a perspective of things that you generally will not find in hotel rooms at all because they aren't a thing but should be. Not necessarily in Vegas either... but in hotels in general.

    Here are a few off the top of my head...

    Liquid soap - I cannot stand bar soap. I just can't. I put up with it, but if given a choice I'll take liquid soap all day long. There's no way I'm the only person who feels this way. With this being a variable cost where the difference might be something like $0.25 for a bar and $2.00 for a single-use pump, I can understand why this would be a cost concern for lower-cost hotels. But even in the fanciest hotels I've stayed at, it's always been bar soap.

    Laundry hamper with a single-use bag - Not like for the hotel to do your laundry for you (as nice as that would be)... but for me to put worn clothing into in the course of my stay. If I'm staying somewhere for five nights, I've gotta put my dirty clothes somewhere at the end of each day, and quite often that involves some awkward allocation of suitcase space for dirty clothes kept separate from clean clothes... or perhaps just leaving the dirty clothes on the floor, which I can't imagine anyone is keen on. I think it would be a great feature to offer a hamper that you can just chuck your clothes into at the end of the day (lined with the single use bag of course), and once you check out, you'll probably have to fold some of the larger items in there... but I think that sure beats managing travel laundry without a hamper.

    Hooks - I find hotel rooms rarely have enough hooks to hang things on, whether that's a bag, a scarf, a jacket, or whatever. Especially in bathrooms, I often find that certain bathrooms without hooks force finding an awkward place to hang towels. I can't say I've ever run into a situation where there have been too many hooks. But I can say I've run into several in which there were too few or none at all.

    I'm sure I could think of more, but rattling off too many ideas would go against the spirit of a thread like this.

    What are your wish list items for standard features in hotels?
     
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    Normal human sized trashcans
     
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  4. DBear

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    Mini fridges and microwaves. Eating out every night isn’t as glamorous as it sounds.
     
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    I mentioned this post to my GF. She said they should have TWO suitcase racks. Not one. Two.
    Yeah a microwave would be amazing. I never finish my food and would love it for a midnight snack when I'm back in the room.

    Yup, liquid soap all the way. I like to reuse the containers too. The bars are extremely wasteful.
    I use the laundry bag that hotels with laundry service have in the closet.
    I agree with the hooks. They had these at The Duniway in Portland and they were very useful.
     
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  6. Electroguy563

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    More electrical receptacles that are accessible instead of you having to move shit. Especially by the bed.

    A sign by the door that says "Do you have your room key?"
     
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  7. Catzilla

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    My favorite hotel at the coast (where I stay instead of at the casino hotel) has a refrigerator, microwave, 4 cup coffee maker, fireplace, balcony and serves free breakfast from 7-10. They have coffee and water available in the lobby all the time. Hotels in general should all have those things. :D The rooms also have a bench in the entryway with hooks all across the top and down one side. I use them more than the closet.

    They don't have shower caps, which come in handy sometimes.

    I have some of those vacuum storage bags that are pretty good sized. I was thinking that next time I travel I might throw one of those in for dirty clothes, then vacuum pack it when I leave. In the past I've always used the laundry bag in the room too.

    I would like hotels to use better quality room keys that don't get demagnetized by your phone.

    It always bugs me when the plastic bag in the wastepaper basket is half the size it needs to be.
     
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    Most Vegas hotels (and most above a Super 8 or Microtel) do have laundry bags in the closet by the hanger. It is meant to be used to have your laundry sent out for cleaning, but I always use them for dirty laundry, and every time I have asked for a couple more, housekeeping obliges.

    Specific to your thread, I wish I could plug my USB or HDMI cable into the hotel TV to watch my p̶o̶r̶n̶ content on the bigger screen.
     
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    A mini fridge is all I really care about. A really big tv would also be great. I agree on the bar soap. Even though it wouldn’t be reusable, they should make mini liquid soap dispensers that are recyclable.
     
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    An extra firm pillow. Like, almost a brick. Or a neck roll pillow. Hotel pillows blow.
    Generally speaking.
     
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    I have seen those at most hotels. What I’m suggesting is a hamper type basket that a single use bag can line the inside of, so I can just casually toss clothing in there as if I’m at home.
     
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  12. Electroguy563

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    As @Catzilla mentioned earlier, it would be nice if continental breakfasts (with orange juice and coffee) is standard for room occupants

    Edited to add: But offered in the Hotel Lobby somewhere. I don't like to be bothered when in the room.
     
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    If we are just wishing, then a microwave and fridge. Decent personal care products. With the liquid restrictions I don't have space for shampoo and conditioner. Different pillow types to accommodate different preferences. They mostly always have 4 pillows anyway, make those pillows 2 soft, 2 firm.
     
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    You need to be careful and keep the bag out of sight. I was staying at a hotel once and was putting my worn clothes in the dry cleaning bag when housekeeping sent the bag to the laundry without asking. Cost me like 30 bucks when they returned them. You know, like, "SOCKS $1.00 PER PAIR" I suppose I could have complained but after all, that's what the bag was there for.
     
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    I've always found it funny that the lil' ol' humble Holiday Inn has mastered the art of a pillow menu...but vastly more high end hotels are like "here's three bags of feathers that stick a millimeter off the mattress have a great stay!"
     
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    1. Balconies (but I get why most places don't)
    2. Programmable thermostats
    3. Powered bed adjustment so one can raise the bed at one or both ends
    4. Shaving mirror in the shower
    5. Better-quality toilet paper (Cottenelle or Charmin')
    6. A can of Lysol (or equivalent), plus a pack of disinfectant wipes for each room
    7. Another vote for a working HDMI port on the TV to allow laptops & pads to plug in (& actually work)
     
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    Coffee maker and fridge are the biggest things we get use out of, but far from the standard. Microwave would be nice, but I understand why some will never go there.

    Laundry - we use one of those bags, and keep it in the closet for dirty clothes. Works great. We do hang up some outfits just in case we need to wear them again.

    HDMI ports - more and more hotels are making these available now. (we have a cable to play stuff from IPAD on TV)

    Plugs. More and more are fixing this with either a powerbrick thing or new lamps with outlets on them.
     
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    I travel with a cloth laundry bag, and loop the cord over a hanger in the closet to provide similar to what you're looking for. For a weekend trip I just have a Eagle Creek clean/dirty packing cube (one side for clean, the other dirty).
     
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    I have to add one. A pull-out make-up mirror in the bathroom. Sometimes the vanities are so big I can’t get close enough to the mirror to put my make-up on.
     
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    Laundry bags-On my recent trip to LAS at the end of February, neither hotel I stayed at provided them in the room, probably as an economy measure. Lately I have been saving large plastic bags, preferably those with a drawstring to use as a dirty laundry bag when on vacation. Soap-I have been advised for several years to use antibacterial soap. Dial and Safeguard are the two most commonly available brands, and in the case of Dial, you have to read the label carefully because not all their varieties of liquid and bar soap are antibacterial. Some of both are merely fragrance soaps.