The main purpose of hotels is to give us a place to sleep for the night. Sure, they’ve added in a bunch of other things to make our stay more pleasant (and expensive), like pools, bars, spas, etc. And they didn’t always offer what is today considered “required” amenities. From the Washington Post:
Fortunately, black & white TVs, and televisions without remote controls aren’t even options anymore. But they also still include a bunch of things that, not only are we paying for in some way, shape or form) either the base price of the hotel or as part of the “resort fee”), we really don’t need in the 21st century:
Save for calling the front desk or MAYBE your friend in another room, when was the last time you used the phone in your room? According to Pew Research, 97% of Americans own a cellphone of some kind (Fun Fact! I have a friened who does not, in fact, own a cell phone. She also doesn’t own a computer. When she goes somewhere, let’s say a doctor’s office, and they ask for her e-mail address and she said she doesn’t have one, they look at her like she has 3 heads), and it’s what we use for communication.
Also, telephones are one of the top 20 things that get stolen from hotel rooms…so why not just get rid of them?
Once again, our phones usually double as our clocks, and the have a built-in alarm system, to boot.
And that’s to say nothing of our watches being a good way to tell the time in the middle of the night.
All an in-room clock is for is waking you up at 3am because some prankster set the alarm to go off and wake up the next guest.
If you have young children who still take baths, it’s one thing. But otherwise, who’s going to soak in a standard 14-to-16-inch tub in the hotel? The hotels that only offer showers are on the right track.
Does ANYBODY use the mini bar anymore? At one time it was probably the only way to grab a drink or a snack. But motels typically have soda and candy machines and larger hotels usually have a bar for adult beverages.
Although some hotels (like this one) charge “street prices,” most mini bars have historically cost a fortune. Or it could be a excuse for a hotel to charge a “mystery bill” (and hope nobody notices???) But honestly, nowadays you see more people asking the hotel to empty the mini bar so it can be used as just a regular refrigerator.
Just get rid of them.
Robe & Slippers
I mean, I suppose robe & slippers are nice. I’ve never worn the slippers because, frankly, my feet are too small for them. And I always bring my own slippers anyway. Aaaaaand I’ve never seen the need for a bathrobe at home, so I don’t see a need to wear one in a hotel.
And you know we’re paying for them – especially the slippers, which, if they’re unwrapped, are tossed if you don’t take them with you. Does anyone ever use these things?
Granted, I don’t see these nearly as much as I used to. But again, does anybody EVER use them, except as something to put our shoes in when we go home? (My friend Lary Lee taught me that trick.
In 1987, I got a complimentary sewing kit that was in my room at the Lowe’s Glenpoint Hotel in Teaneck, NJ (the hotel eventually turned into a Marriot property, which is what it remains today. I love how you can see where they replaced the tiles on the upper left corner, when they got rid of the original logo).
31 years later, I still own it. I’ve never used it. It’s mint in package. Because who ever uses sewing kits???
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