Four Hotel Amenities You May Need

Posted on: 29 September 2019

When looking for a hotel, it's important you choose one that will meet your needs. Some people only care about the price, but most people prefer to have specific amenities that will make their stay more comfortable or convenient. Here are four things to consider when booking a hotel room.

1. Does the Hotel Have WiFi?

A wireless internet connection is extremely important to some travelers. For example, people who are staying at a lodge for business purposes usually need internet to work and communicate. Many hotels offer free internet, but some charge for the use.

Additionally, a hotel may only have WiFi available in common areas, such as the hotel lobby. If unfettered internet access is important to you, make sure you confirm availability before booking your room.

2. Does the Hotel Offer Dining?

If a hotel is located in the heart of the city, a restaurant located in the hotel may not be overly important as there are likely plenty of nearby options. However, if you are considering a hotel near the airport or one situated in a remote location, there may not be much to choose from. A hotel with a restaurant on-site may make the difference between having to rent a car or spending money on taxis.

Some hotels also offer complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Many guests enjoy the convenience of being able to grab a bagel, glass of juice, and a cup of coffee to start their day rather than having to leave the premises first thing to get something to eat.

For families on vacation, free continental breakfast can make the trip more affordable. It's also easier to feed children right away without having to get everyone ready beforehand. Check out a hotel's website to see what they have to offer for dining options.

3. Does the Hotel Allow Flexible Check-In/Check-Out Times?

People who fly into a city may find their arrival time and eventual departure time doesn't work with some hotel's check-in and check-out policies. For example, if you arrive at the airport at 6:00 in the morning and your hotel doesn't allow check-in until 3 p.m., what are you — and your luggage — going to do all day? Be sure to consider your travel itinerary and logistics when considering which hotel is right for you.

4. Does the Hotel Offer Discounts?

Some hotels offer discounted rooms if guests are a member of specific organizations. A hotel may also offer reduced rates to service members and veterans. Check to see if you qualify for any discounts or upgrades before booking a room online.