With so many hoteliers vying for holidaymakers business these days and a multitude of price comparison sites offering bargain deals, competition is strong for even the average travellers business. Which means hotels need to offer that little bit more in terms of guest experience. We all have our horror stories, I recently stayed in a budget hotel room in which the toilet was so close to the door you couldn’t shut it while sitting down; but nowadays the average hotel guest wants more for their money than a Corby trouser press and tea & coffee making facilities. So what does constitute the dream hotel room?
This is first and foremost for me. We’ve all seen the adverts with Lenny Henry drifting off into slumber and there’s a reason why so much importance is placed on this, it’s a key factor when booking any hotel room. After all, what’s the point spending your hard earned cash on a room in which you’re going to have an uncomfortable nights sleep. At the same time though a wonderful, big, comfy bed can make the stay; and if you’re looking for that big, fluffy, hotel mattress experience at home you can’t go far wrong with bed specialist Bedstar, they stock many of the mattresses similar to those used by major hotels at low prices. When it comes to waking up feeling like you’ve slept on a cloud this can excuse a multitude of sins when other elements of the room may be lacking. My advice check the hotels website, a picture or two can often help in selecting the perfect nights sleep, if that fails contact the hotel to see, they can often be helpful.
This is the second most important on my list. Nothing can bring you down more than climbing out of that wonderful comfy bed you’ve just slept in than opening the curtains to be faced by a brick wall; or even worse a building site. Again check. Look at the website, if they don’t show or mention the view there can often be a reason for this. If all else fails, check Google Maps street view, no amount of clever wording can disguise what you can see with your own eyes. For my money, the best views you’re going to get are at the Arctic resort of Kakslauttanen in Finland. They have a range of accommodation options but the best has to be the glass igloos. What better way to fall asleep than staring at a 360 degree view of the northern lights, and what better way to wake up than panoramic views of icy blue skies. Definitely one for the bucket list.
Once again this is one of those elements that essential to any good hotel stay. Every seasoned hotel guest has had the unfortunate experience, at least once, of staying in a room that looks like the seventies threw up on the walls; and none of us want to go back there. Unless you’re a backpacker staying in a hostel you want to be surrounded by a touch of class, or at least imagination. You’re a paying guest, it defeats the object to pay to stay somewhere that’s not even as nice as your own home. Not everyone can afford the opulence of Claridge’s, so my advice is to try one of the many affordable options in the themed hotel sector. In this regard my eye is on the Alton Towers hotel, located on the grounds of the amusement park. Granted, most of the rooms are geared towards children; but why not try one of the Enchanted Village lodges or if you’re feeling more adventurous one of the Enchanted Village tree-houses. Even the most sceptical of us would feel pretty special waking up in a scene from The Hobbit.
So when choosing a hotel if you get these three elements right I’m sure you wont go wrong!