Hotel amenities


Anyone who has stayed in a hotel or two in their lifetime will know that a small detail can make or break your stay. Whether it’s the fluffy hotel bathrobe, service that goes the extra mile, life’s little comforts, or high-speed internet, there are some things we expect from hotels. And not having them can be a bit of a buzz kill… Here are five hotel amenities and services to check before checking in.

This special treatment

Many people book into a hotel for a special occasion and note this on their reservation. So if they show up and the hotel hasn’t gone to great lengths to recognize the occasion, it can be a real inconvenience.

Make sure you are clear about your occasion from the start and if you are staying at a big brand hotel they are sure to go the extra mile. In fact, Lyal De Goede, Front Office Lead Creative Assistant at Radisson RED Cape Town notes that their hotel staff like special occasions, so if you’re celebrating a birthday or just want to treat your other half, let them know. ! “If you mention it’s your birthday, your wedding anniversary, or you’re doing something special for your partner, we’d be happy to jump in,” says De Goede. You can also ask the staff at some hotels to prepare a romantic blanket in the room – complete with rose petals, bubbles and chocolates, so double check if this is a service they offer.

Powerful Wi-Fi

In a world where you work from anywhere, there’s nothing more frustrating than showing up at a hotel and finding that the wifi network is as slow as a sloth. Some hotels offer faster Wi-Fi for an additional fee, so be sure to inquire about this when you arrive.

And if you’re a hotel owner or manager reading this, please offer the best wifi you can afford. Slow wifi is often more annoying than no wifi at all because it slows down the productivity of those trying to work from your establishment. Good internet options are also a major selling point for business travelers, so high-speed internet is a win-win solution for the customer and the establishment.

Free drinks

Many people like to start the day with a cup of coffee or tea. This does not change when you stay in a hotel. If you need to check into a hotel soon, check what they offer in their rooms. Is it a Nespresso machine? Maybe you prefer instant coffee. If they don’t already have it as a standard option, you can ask your hotel in advance for a kettle in your room and they are more than likely to accommodate you. Also, it’s important to remember that not all water is free, so if you see bottled water in your room, check to see if it’s free or not.

Many power outlets

From our phones and watches to laptops and tablets, there’s always something that needs power. And not all outlets are the same. Contact your hotel in advance to find out how many power outlets there are in the room and, most importantly, what type of power supply they have. If your laptop uses a two-prong adapter, but the room only has three-prong outlets, it would be good to know before you stay. This way you can carry an extra adapter if the hotel doesn’t provide you with what you need.

Breakfast options

As the most important meal of the day, there’s a lot of pressure to get breakfast right. Some hotels do not offer breakfast as an option or their options are limited. To avoid disappointment, take a look at what you can expect for breakfast beforehand. You might be surprised – the hotel can offer a legendary breakfast buffet like the one you can find at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. Or it could be a bit smaller. You don’t necessarily have to change hotels because of breakfast, but at least it will allow you to manage your personal breakfast expectations.

There you have it, five things to contact your hotel before you arrive. It will help you decide if you want to stay there or not, and it’s a great way to make sure you have that comfort while you’re away from home.


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