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July 21st, 2006

Hotel Essentials

If you’re staying at a hotel, what are the essentials for you?

While a bed and a shower are the two most obvious things, a small fridge and a safe are particularly nice if I’m staying anywhere more than a night. Gotta have someplace to stash the laptop and put the leftovers (the laptop goes in the fridge, of course).

Other than that, I don’t really have any essentials when I’m staying at a hotel. I’m boring.

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FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 21, 2006 -- 11:08:11 am
1) A great shower, complete with hot water and water pressure.

2) Wi-fi. I'm surprised how many big hotels still don't offer that.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday July 21, 2006 -- 2:18:08 pm
A prostitute.

FROM: Rafael
DATE: Friday July 21, 2006 -- 4:15:16 pm
Good thinking Joseph, but at some places you are probably going to get some skanky ho, no thanks!! I’ll just settle for the porn.

FROM: Maria
DATE: Friday July 21, 2006 -- 6:45:33 pm
I agree with Dave on #1. My biggest hotel shower complaint is that many of them are the height of my chin. I'm 5'9" and I'm sure they get plenty of taller clientele. How putting a shower head at roughly 5' makes sense to anyone, I don't know. The last hotel I stayed in had an amazing shower and more than enough Bath & Body Works shampoo and soap to go around.

It's also a plus when I don't get a room right next to the elevator or the ice machine.

FROM: jk
DATE: Friday July 21, 2006 -- 9:42:40 pm
....or next to a bevy of drunken wedding guests. I had a horrible experience in Pittsburgh a couple months back. You really DON'T need to yell and pound at 3am.

I also like a room that does not smell funny. That's a hard one to avoid.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 22, 2006 -- 9:30:37 am
jk: I agree completely. "Does not smell funky or musty" is #1, followed closely by "must be quiet".

FROM: jk
DATE: Saturday July 22, 2006 -- 10:43:56 pm
Merle: don't you hate having to air out everything you bring home? Even things you did not wear have that hotel smell.

My crusie cabin did not smell funky. AND it had the best mattress in the world.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday July 23, 2006 -- 10:37:26 am
Airing out everything is not the absolute worst thing for me (although it is a close contendor). It's the constant [*sniff* what's that?] feeling while I am in the hotel room. Especially when waking up in the middle of the night.

Usually I stick to B&Bs, which are often dusty but not smelly. And, well, they serve nice breakfasts. ;-) Not an option on most business trips, though.

FROM: Brian
DATE: Monday July 24, 2006 -- 11:06:06 am
Clean bed linen and blankets; comfortable queen or larger bed; air conditioning that works; quiet for sleeping; drapes on the windows that keep the light out; a shower that has good pressure and plenty of hot water and a shower head that is higher than the top of my head; not near the elevator, vending machines or stairwell; no smoke or musty smell; decent price.

FROM: Brian
DATE: Monday July 24, 2006 -- 11:07:27 am
I forgot to add no bed bugs, cockroaches, vermin.

FROM: Fernwall Feckless
DATE: Tuesday July 25, 2006 -- 10:52:47 pm
A hotel room is to sleep in or to do the horizontal jog. I have had some great hotels. I stayed in the Horizon Inn on 46 in N,J, the night they showed the Strangers with Candy episode. I spent $8 for all of July, 1973 in places that we are fighting the War on Tourism. Then there was a houseboat for $2.50 in Kashmir. Mini-fridge, why?

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