Culture The Most Essential Hotel Amenities  

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List Rules 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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376 32
Free Wireless Internet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Wireless Internet

2
297 45
Free Parking is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Parking

3
272 43
Housekeeping is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Housekeeping

4
322 35
Towels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

5
286 57
Complimentary Toiletries is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Toiletries

6
260 52
Complimentary Breakfast is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Breakfast

7
164 16
Good Showers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
rosemary-hallett added Good Showers

8
227 47
Television Set is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Television Set

9
200 46
Refrigerator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Refrigerator

10
187 50
Free Early Check-in is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Early Check-in

11
208 53
Luxury Bedding is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Luxury Bedding

12
209 48
Cable TV is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Cable TV

13
162 79
Complimentary Bottled Water is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Bottled Water

14
173 77
Free Coffee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Coffee

15
137 90
Room Service is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Room Service

16
169 64
Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Swimming Pool

17
146 63
On-site Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
On-site Restaurant

18
134 79
Hair Dryer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

19
127 78
Vending Machines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Vending Machines

20
136 76
Microwave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Microwave

21
128 77
Coffeemaker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Coffeemaker

22
99 63
Indoor Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

23
97 80
Satellite TV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Satellite TV

24
111 82
Shuttle Service is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Shuttle Service

25
107 86
Fitness Center is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Fitness Center

26
98 84
Satellite Internet access is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

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50 31
View is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
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28
74 102
Concierge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

29
82 109
Spa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Spa

30
89 93
Kitchenette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Kitchenette

31
51 134
Dry cleaning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

32
54 131
Nightly Turndown Service is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Nightly Turndown Service

33
56 123
Bellhop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

34
25 100
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
michael-koebnick added