Hotel amenities

10 increasingly popular hotel amenities


10 increasingly popular hotel amenities

Once upon a time, going on vacation almost always meant staying in a hotel. Platforms like Airbnb, VRBO, and HometoGo didn’t exist, and all-inclusive resorts weren’t as plentiful and affordable as they are now.

With the rise of alternative stay options, many hotels have found they need to increase the number of amenities they offer to stay competitive. When social media emerged, travelers began posting their experiences in real time online, putting even more pressure on hotels to stand out. Social media gave rise to influencers, who could give other travelers intimate insight into hotels they hadn’t stayed in yet, making it easier for them to compare options.

One of the best ways for hotels to stand out these days is to reevaluate their amenities. Gone are the days when a mint on the pillow and free hand lotion was enough. Today’s travelers want more: expanded room service options, high-end gym equipment and in-room beauty services, among others. hotel motor reviewed the latest news from travel publications and industry organizations to compile a list of 10 increasingly popular hotel amenities.


Self check-in

Fifty years ago, the pinnacle of luxury in the hotel industry was personalized service. Today, customers are increasingly demanding self-service options, such as self-service check-in through kiosks, apps, and other mobile devices. According to a 2020 survey conducted by the consulting firm Metova. Face-to-face interactions are increasingly seen as unnecessary and, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a potential health risk compared to self-service options which may be more convenient and frictionless .

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Gym equipment with live classes

With the rise of virtual workout classes, which exploded in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, sweating has become more accessible and convenient, and fewer people are willing to give up the rush. endorphins it provides when they run out of town.

Travelers are increasingly looking for hotels with full gyms and specialist equipment (like Peleton bikes and the Mirror) so they can continue their fitness routines while away from home. fitness magazine Shape even compiles a list of hotels with specific gym facilities for their readers. Bare minimum gyms can no longer be enough for hotels looking to attract more guests.


Eco-friendly toiletries

Conversations about climate change and the impact of human consumption have intensified in recent years. According to Pew Research Center64% of Americans now say protecting the environment should be a top priority for our government, and governments across the United States are taking notice.

Hawaiian lawmakers are considering a bill that ban single-use plastic in hotels (including toiletries) in an effort to further avoid landfills. Bills like this and the general trend of society wanting to do its part, no matter how small, has more hotels than ever before switching to green, refillable and eco-friendly toilet options in their hotels.


Coworking spaces

Among the many things to come out of the pandemic is a realization that work doesn’t always need to be done in office buildings and cubicles. Remote working, a necessary measure at the height of the virus’s spread, is likely to remain. As a growing number of companies offer the benefits of working from anywhere, employees are taking advantage, choosing to take working holidays or work out of their local hotels and cafes or restaurants for a change of scenery.

Hotels are perfectly poised to grab a slice of this coworking pie with plenty of shared spaces (like lobbies, conference rooms, and restaurants/bars) they can charge a fee for, à la WeWork. Alternatively, hotels may appeal to digital nomads by including coworking spaces as a benefit with reservations.

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Room service from local restaurants

Traditionally, room service is one of the most expensive amenities offered by hotels, both for the guest and for the business. For hotels, providing room service means a slew of additional permits, staff, and space. To compensate for this, customers often pay high prices for relatively basic meals. Still, you can’t beat the convenience of having breakfast or dinner delivered right to your door.

Many hotels circumvent the price predicament by using third-party kitchens, partnership with local restaurants or apps to have hot meals delivered to customers at a much more affordable price. It’s a win-win situation for both parties: hotels can continue to offer the popular perk and guests can save money while enjoying fabulous meals.

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Pet-friendly accommodations

In 2016, 75% of hotels allowed pets in their rooms, according to the American hotel and lodging Association. Younger generations see their dogs and cats as members of the family, and leaving them at home (and therefore worrying about their happiness and well-being) is practically inadmissible. ASPCA reports that 23 million households acquired a new pet in the first year of the pandemic. This increase in the number of pet owners, along with the fact that many people prefer to travel with their furry friends, means that pet-friendly hotels are even more appealing to guests.

To help pet owners determine where all members of the family can stay, whether two-legged or four-legged, many outlets like the American Kennel Club regularly compile lists of hotels that welcome pets.

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Bicycle rental on site

According to a study conducted by Hex Search, the global bicycle rental market is expected to reach $4 billion by 2025. Today, more than ever, people are interested in environmentally friendly modes of travel. But when visiting a new city, signing up for a local bike-share program, like CitiBike or Spinlister, can be a hassle.

Hotels can meet this need by offering on-site bike rentals, saving guests the headache of finding a new program. It also allows travelers to experience their vacation spots in an eco-friendly way. Some hotels take the bike rental program a step further, sending guests off with packed picnic baskets and hand-drawn maps highlighting city landmarks, turning bikes into a touring adventure. a day. outlets like Conde Nast Traveler often highlight hotels that offer this equipment.

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In-room beauty and wellness services

Many hotels offer beauty or wellness services at their on-site spas, but far fewer bring the treatments to their guest rooms. Just like with self-service check-in, in-room treatments are more convenient and frictionless for guests. Additionally, offering wellness-related services can help counter the stress inherent in travel.

Incorporating this concept can help hotels tap into the wellness travel trend, which has seen a massive boom in recent years. the global wellness tourism industry is worth $436 billion, according to 2020 data from the Global Wellness Institute.

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In-room espresso machines

The National Coffee Association reported in 2021 that 60% of Americans drink coffee in the day preceding his investigation. Improving the coffee options in the room can therefore probably improve the overall stay. An in-room espresso machine lets hotel guests wake up to high-quality coffee drinks, which is especially appealing to coffee snobs and those who don’t want to get dressed until they’re done. their morning caffeine fix.

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Digital concierge

Hotels have long been known for having dedicated people who take care of everything, whether it’s recommending restaurants, hosting guest parties, or looking after luggage. Convenience is the name of the game for the modern traveler, and that includes having someone ready at the push of a button – no waiting in a queue required. Digital Conciergeswhich come in the form of an app, website, or hotel software solution, do just that.

While some hotels may be concerned about the lack of a personal touch, it’s important to remember that a growing number of travelers belong to the younger generations who have never gone a day without the internet. While that personal, human touch is important to them, it’s not as essential as quick and easy-to-access conveniences.

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