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The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

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Vote up the hotel services you simply can't do without.

What are the must-have hotel amenities you absolutely need? This is a list of the most essential hotel amenities and services, from unlimited hot water to free WiFi. Whether on a vacation or a business trip, hotel amenities make life a little easier when you're away from home. For different types of travel, there are amenities that are more important than other ones. While business travelers might enjoy laundry services, families on vacations might look for recreational services such as a concierge or a swimming pool.

These days, most basic amenities are included in all hotel rooms, but what's the most important one? Many travelers rank free wireless internet as an essential amenity, with room service being one of the least essential. From flatscreen TVs to luxury bedding and complimentary high-end toiletries, hotels are stepping up their game on the number of hotel amenities that are included when booking at their hotel. Who doesn't enjoy free warm cookies when you walk into your room at night and shower towels shaped into various animals every morning? Even large hotel chains are now offering amenities that used to be reserved for luxury resorts including complimentary bottled water, spa services, fitness centers and valet parking. 

One thing remains true for many travelers: Anything free is good. Free breakfast, free coffee and free wi-fi are a few of the most essential travel amenities during a hotel stay. Rank up the other top hotel amenities using this list of the best hotel amenities and make sure to add any essential hotel services that might be missing. 
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  • Free Wireless Internet
    1

    Free Wireless Internet

  • Towels
    2
  • Good Showers
    3

    Good Showers

  • Free Parking
    4

    Free Parking

  • Housekeeping
    5

    Housekeeping

  • Complimentary Breakfast
    7

    Complimentary Breakfast

  • Complimentary Toiletries
    8

    Complimentary Toiletries

  • Luxury Bedding
    9

    Luxury Bedding

  • Refrigerator
    10

    Refrigerator

  • Television Set
    11

    Television Set

  • Free Early Check-in
    12

    Free Early Check-in

  • Cable TV
    13

    Cable TV

  • Swimming Pool
    14

    Swimming Pool

  • Complimentary Bottled Water
    15

    Complimentary Bottled Water

  • On-site Restaurant
    16

    On-site Restaurant

  • Free Coffee
    17

    Free Coffee

  • Microwave
    18

    Microwave

  • Shuttle Service
    19

    Shuttle Service

  • Hair Dryer
    20
  • Room Service
    21

    Room Service

  • Coffeemaker
    22

    Coffeemaker

  • View
    24
  • Vending Machines
    25

    Vending Machines