Which hotel features should be the most important to you? October 4, 2014 By Cait Hartwyk 1 Comment Hotels have some many amenities and features to choose from; how do you decide which are the most important? For most people free Wi-Fi and easy check-in top the list of hotel must haves. But, which features are really most effective at making your trip more enjoyable? Here is our top five list of the features that are most important during your stay. Honorable Mentions: Many people list in-room entertainment and amenities (like spas) as being in their top five or ten most valued hotel feature. However, we have to say, if you are taking a dream vacation to Rome or Africa — what are you doing hanging out in the hotel?! Get out there and have some fun! Number 5: Wi-Fi Having a wireless network, or even the Internet, can be indispensable! It can help you research where to eat, what to do, and make sure your reservations are all squared away… basically, it can be the lifeline that holds your trip together. However, it can also make your vacation a little more difficult. Your vacation should be about getting away, after all. Try to have everything planned before you leave so that you can use this feature as sparingly as possible. This can also help save some money as hotels can charge more than $25 per day for internet use. Number 4: Food Services While you never get to fully experience a destination if you always eat at a hotel restaurant or order room service, these two features do have their place in our list, and especially for breakfast when overseas. The most important meal of the day does not have the same esteem in some locales. In many places, it can be as little as a pastry and a cup of coffee. Though there is nothing wrong with that, it can leave your stomach grumbling if you are used to eating a full breakfast. For all of your scrambled egg and pancake needs, hotels can be fantastic and almost necessary if you have an early excursion planned. Number 3: Room Quality Although you don’t need to stay at the Four Seasons, nothing ruins a trip faster than walking into a room that looks like a health hazard! Try to find a hotel that is in a nice area and has rooms stocked with what you personally need. Is it near where you’d like to go? If not, is there good transportation nearby? Additionally, what does your room come with? If you need a bathtub (so a shower just won’t cut it), then you might be best off booking something a little higher end. Plan according to your needs, and find what works best for you and your budget. Number 2: Ease of Check-In You just got off a long flight, took a harrowing cab ride, and now all you want to do is check-in to your hotel and take a shower. At some places, however, this seemingly simple process can be a major undertaking and make a necessary evil into a walking nightmare. No matter what happens though, remember, try to be as courteous as possible. The clerk sometimes has control over which room you end up in, and you may not want to wake up with the sun at 5 a.m every day! Number 1: The Bed When you are on vacation, sleep is one of the most important parts of your life. Going on a tour with bloodshot eyes and a headache is nobody’s idea of a good time. Read the reviews, and see what people have to say about the bed and sleep quality before booking. If there are complaints about lumpy or uncomfortable mattresses or trains driving by at 3 am, we’d still suggest removing that hotel from your list. Remember to always have fun on your trip, and, if you have any health questions or concerns, feel free to contact a Passport Health travel health specialist!