Must-Haves Every Hotel Needs

Our stay at the Montage Deer Valley was sublime.

We’ve both been fortunate to have travelled to many destinations around the globe, which has included stays at everything from luxury hotels to all-inclusive resorts and boutique properties. As you would expect, not every hotel is created the same, but when looking back at what hotels we loved (and those not as much), there are some things every hotel should have regardless of the price of the room. We’ve come up with a list of must-haves we think you’ll agree with. Hotels are you listening?

A full-length mirror is a must!

Jennifer says…
A full-length mirror. You never notice how much you want a full-length mirror until you’re ready for a night out and can’t get the entire picture of your outfit. Especially if you just bought some new heels to wear!

Stephanie says…
Free WiFi. I’ve stayed at $150/night rooms that offer free Internet and ones that are more than $500 and have had to pay a daily rate. There doesn’t seem to be any consistency when it comes to the Internet, but I think it’s fair to say at this day and age it should come free of charge.

Jennifer says…
A cordless phone. I always talk to my family while travelling, but most times it’s while I’m getting ready, sending emails or unpacking. A cordless phone let’s me multi-task by doing all those things while staying in touch with people.

We love finding an in-room coffee machine, like a Nespresso which was at the Viceroy Anguilla.

Stephanie says…
Quality hotel toiletries. I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to lug around my full-size shampoo bottles and have often had to rely on what the hotel has on hand. There’s nothing better than finding Bulgari, C.O. Bigelow or Kiehl’s in the bathroom. At the bare minimum, at least give us a separate conditioner!

Jennifer says…
Tea and coffee in your room. I don’t need anything extravagant, but it’s always great to wake up, make a fresh cup and sit on your balcony rather than waiting for room service or to go out for breakfast.  I often travel with my own tea, so I’m happy when I see a kettle to boil water at the very least.

We love seeing an iPod docking station in our rooms.

Stephanie says…
iPod docking station. I have yet to find a hotel without an alarm clock, but why not upgrade those to ones that can hold an iPod? Most people like to tote around their music (myself included) and it’s fun to be able to listen to your own music while getting ready, unpacking or just relaxing.

Jennifer says…
A good hair dryer.  Travelling light these days means I never pack my hair dryer, so I cross my fingers for a good quality one at the hotel (FYI, pricey hotels doesn’t always mean great hair dryers!). One that dries quickly and has a few settings is ideal.

Stephanie says…
Hotel resto that serves a real breakfast. I think it makes sense for a hotel to have their own restaurant, even if it just serves breakfast. The first morning you’re in a new city you may just want to grab a bite without pre-planning. And please, no continental. Pastries and a piece of fruit do not count as a real breakfast. We want to be able to order eggs, toast and a fresh cup of coffee.