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

2
286 42
Free Parking is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Parking

3
260 42
Housekeeping is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Housekeeping

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305 34
Towels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

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270 54
Complimentary Toiletries is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Toiletries

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250 51
Complimentary Breakfast is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Breakfast

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154 15
Good Showers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
rosemary-hallett added Good Showers

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219 44
Television Set is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Television Set

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193 43
Refrigerator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Refrigerator

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182 47
Free Early Check-in is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Early Check-in

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203 50
Luxury Bedding is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Luxury Bedding

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203 46
Cable TV is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Cable TV

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159 76
Complimentary Bottled Water is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Bottled Water

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134 86
Room Service is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Room Service

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165 61
Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Swimming Pool

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164 76
Free Coffee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Coffee

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144 60
On-site Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
On-site Restaurant

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125 75
Vending Machines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Vending Machines

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129 77
Hair Dryer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

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130 75
Microwave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Microwave

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122 76
Coffeemaker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Coffeemaker

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97 60
Indoor Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

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108 79
Shuttle Service is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Shuttle Service

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94 77
Satellite TV is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Satellite TV

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98 79
Satellite Internet access is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

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102 85
Fitness Center is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Fitness Center

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View is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Timothy Salt added View

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73 99
Concierge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

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79 105
Spa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Spa

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85 89
Kitchenette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Kitchenette

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49 129
Dry cleaning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

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52 126
Nightly Turndown Service is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Nightly Turndown Service

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55 120
Bellhop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

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22 95
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
michael-koebnick added Fishing