Top 10 Things that make a Good Hotel Room

During the month of March Fred was travelling around Southern Ireland with work.

That meant several hotel rooms to enjoy or not to enjoy.

He had to go to Sligo, Galway, Limerick and Athlone in one week which meant a lot of driving in the evenings between those cities.

I rarely travel with him but that week I decided I was going too when I saw his itinerary.

Neither of us had been to these places before so obviously it was a good opportunity to see a bit more of our neighbouring country but more importantly I did not want my husband getting too tired having to drive so much in the dark, that he might have an accident.

Now of course it also meant 4 different hotels in one week - and that is not pleasant no matter how good they are.

Then the following week he had to go to Cork and Clonmel so he asked me to go then too because of the long drives.

Another 2 hotels in 3 days.

It might sound like a great job to be able to travel and stay in hotels but when you talk to most people that do this type of job they will tell you it is not one to be envied.

Hotels are not homes away from home unless you are paying an exorbitant amount to stay in the fanciest hotels imaginable but even then no matter what your home is like

"Home is always BEST"

You will be most relaxed and comfortable in your own home.

However hotels should make every effort to make their rooms clean, odourless, warm, and inviting if they want any of us to return.

So from those weeks away and our various other trips throughout the world I have come up with my


One evening we walked into our allotted room and immediately lifted the phone to get moved to another room.
Someone had obviously been smoking in a non-smoking room.

I am not going to be happy & comfortable in a room that has any type of smell.


How many times have you not felt like you almost needed to be a contortionist to be able to sit on a toilet and also reach the toilet roll holder?

Even a taller person with longer arms than me would have a problem in many hotels.


Ok some of us like a firmer bed and some prefer a softer bed but I think we will all agree that none of us like to feel the springs!

Yes one of the beds in our last trip was guilty of that.


Every room should have a bedside light and I am not sure that I can remember a room that did not have one and when it is a single bed only one is required but when it is a double or larger bed then TWO are needed.

Also please, please, please let me be able to switch mine off at a different time to Fred and also not have to walk round to his side of the bed to do that.


On different occasions I have opened the heavy curtains to find net curtains and then when I have opened these there are dirty windows.  So dirty they have no need for the nets, but maybe the hotels think that the nets will deter us from finding the dirty windows.

In one room in this Eire trip the rod holding the net curtains fell down as I opened the outer curtains.

Dirty Windows makes you wonder what else is dirty!

hotels should make every effort to make their rooms clean, odourless, warm, and inviting if they want us to return


I am not JUST saying that there should be A chair in the room - oh how I hated the number of times that the only place to sit was on the bed - but I am talking about a comfortable chair not just a hard backed one by the desk/dressing table/TV stand.

In this one room this is what happened

A.  Even though there were two chairs in the room there was not enough room between the bottom of the bed and the desk to put a chair

B.  I had to pull the bed down to the desk so that I had something to sit on while I worked on my laptop and yes I know it is a LAPtop but when you are working on it for any length of time you like to have it on a table or desk.
Can you see the gap left at the top of the bed?

C.  Dirty windows.

D.  Curtain rail fell off.

E.  Only one light over the double bed.

Oh yes and this was the room we were moved to after the room with the smell!


Repeatedly we have found that rooms have air-conditioning which is great in any country.
Mostly the little boxes on the wall will appear to give the choice of what temperature the room can be set at but how often do they actually work properly or it is obvious for us to know how to set them?


For anyone staying more than one night in a room you can expect that they will have something they want to do other than just sit on the bed and flick through TV channels.

I often wonder why they want us to have room service (and they do because they can charge more money) but yet there is no table at which they can set the tray for us to eat.


It used to be the thing we would notice immediately sitting beside the bed.  Not any longer.  The majority of rooms I now see are devoid of the pen and notepad.

No matter how long I am in a room I am bound to want to jot something down.

Like when you suddenly want to make a note of something that you have just remembered you need to do the next day or a blog idea has just flitted into your head but you are just falling asleep.

Or perhaps when you have to ring reception to find out all the simple details that should have been in the information booklet that they have removed from the room because they are putting in a new one the following week - so my question is: Why remove one before the other is there to replace it???
(True Story)


No-one and I mean no-one wants to be woken up by the sound of a flushing toilet in another room but sometimes that is understandable.  However we definitely do not want to be constantly hearing ever single toilet on the same floor flushing or in fact the cistern filling up again or water flowing through all the pipes on the floor.

In one hotel room it was so loud that I kept running into the bathroom because I thought our toilet was making the noise and it wasn't.


A Gideon Bible.

So often now as we travel we find that hotels are not allowing the Gideons to come and leave bibles in all the rooms or they are now removing them.

If you feel that there should still be a Gideon bible in your hotel room please ring reception and let them know because the local branch of the Gideons would be delighted to be asked to provide more bibles.


  1. I agree with you. We generally stay in hotels at least 8-10 days throughout the year. Usually we stay in Comfort Inn, Best Westerns or Holiday Inns. They seem to be really nice and have the extras you mention. But there have been the rare occasions we didn't have a good experience. This summer on our vacation I had to make reservations at a "mom and pop" hotel. I hope it will be nice and comfortable.

  2. Great list Sandra! I'd add a luggage rack so there's someplace to put your suitcase other than the bed or the desk chair.

  3. You missed kettle and tea bags! I can't function without a cuppa first thing and in some places they actually don't think this is essential (gasp - I know!) I was lucky enough to go to New York recently and had to go down to the coffee shop in the lobby in my PJ's every morning to get a cup! (totally agree about the smell thing though)

  4. I laughed as I read your list... it suddenly reminded me of the room we once stayed in Niagara Falls in. It slanted desperately to the left! At first I thought it was just my mind playing tricks but when I sat my purse on the table, it rolled off. You felt dizzy laying on the bed, listing to the left! We ended up calling management as requesting

  5. Such a great list. I completely agree with all of these things.I especially liked the one about the bed springs- Nothing makes a wonderful trip go down hill like an uncomfortable place to sleep.

  6. This list is great. I travel a lot with my hubby and I have seen more rooms than one would care to see. I like a room that has plenty of closet space for my luggage and enough towels for 4 people. I could go on and on but your list hit a lot of my must haves as well.

  7. Having worked in resort hotels for years I found your post entertaining. You would think there would be a way to standardize a hotel room.

  8. Great tips you have here! Would keep them in mind. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  9. Extortionist to reach TP...yes! Great post. Glad you got to see Ireland despite a less than adequate room . Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup. Pinned to our linkup board.

  10. Great tips, but I have to add one. In addition to the Bible, I like having a nice fat telephone book. I just love reading the telephone book. It may be odd, but I love the really big fat ones.

  11. How sad about the hotels not letting the Gideon's leave Bibles!!! Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

  12. Wow, that room was all BED!!!!! I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to get to the window side of the bed. We don't travel a lot but when we do, we try and stay in a chain that we are familiar with, plus my hubby goes online and checks hotel reviews. But even so, you are never really sure until you get there. Thanks for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party!

  13. Wow Sandra I can't believe all those horrible things happened in one room, especially when that is the room you were moved to! This is an excellent list of everything that is needed in a hotel to make it feel at least closer to being at home! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party, I hope you will party with us again next week!

  14. lol I love the accessible toilet roll. You're right! It takes a contortionist to find it!

  15. I travel a lot and couldn't agree more with this list!

  16. Anonymous18:12

    I strongly agree with dirty windows/curtains and accessible light next to the bed. Only in China we encountered the desk, but no space for a chair. Maybe because it was a cheap bed and breakfast (the breakfast was very good though).

  17. I love my pets but I do not like hotels that are pet friendly. People allow their pets to do things they probably do not do at home! I do not like smelling animal urine in a hotel! UGH! I knew someone once who checked into a hotel only to find drug paraphernalia on the dresser, needles and syringes etc.! The hotel was not at all shocked! WOW! Check that place off your list of family friendly hotels! Hotels also need to clean their carpets regularly. There is nothing worse than gross sticky carpet. Ugh! We stay in a hotel when we take our son back to college. It is always clean and nice and the staff friendly. The only drawback the throngs of people at the free breakfast bar. We rarely eat there because it is a fight to get anything decent. They have a nice pool and hot tub too and they monitor people who allow small children in the hot tub and makes them leave. I am shocked how many people allow small toddlers to romp in a hot tub! Oh gee, now I am complaining! But you stated a good list of hotel needs and nothing is a luxury or extravagrant! Thanks!

  18. No bible wow! Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Great list, and I would add…NO bedbugs!


  20. I hope you can send this list to all the hotels you stayed in....Just indicating that you blog regularly and will mention them sometimes can influence the managers♪

  21. Oh girl! I love your honest list here!

    I'm all about cleanliness AND no odor at all!

    Thanks for linking to the letter H.


  22. Yes, I have to agree with a lot of these. A comfortable bed, clean room and bedside light are good places to start for hotel comfort but so many don't event get these things right! Thanks for sharing your list with #MondayEscapes

  23. Definable agree with all of these, especially the accessible loo roll. how is it often so difficult to provide basics of clean and comfortable? Oh and I’d add a magnifying mirror. Tx