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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333 29
Free Wireless Internet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Wireless Internet

2
269 35
Free Parking is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Parking

3
288 27
Towels is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

4
245 37
Housekeeping is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Housekeeping

5
248 50
Complimentary Toiletries is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Toiletries

6
234 48
Complimentary Breakfast is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Breakfast

7
138 14
Good Showers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
rosemary-hallett added Good Showers

8
210 42
Television Set is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Television Set

9
183 42
Refrigerator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Refrigerator

10
173 46
Free Early Check-in is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Early Check-in

11
190 49
Luxury Bedding is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Luxury Bedding

12
192 45
Cable TV is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Cable TV

13
150 75
Complimentary Bottled Water is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Bottled Water

14
158 58
Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Swimming Pool

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15
126 85
Room Service is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Room Service

16
157 73
Free Coffee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Coffee

17
138 59
On-site Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
On-site Restaurant

18
121 73
Vending Machines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Vending Machines

19
123 75
Hair Dryer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

20
125 73
Microwave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Microwave

21
116 76
Coffeemaker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Coffeemaker

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22
91 59
Indoor Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

23
89 75
Satellite TV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Satellite TV

24
102 77
Shuttle Service is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Shuttle Service

25
93 77
Satellite Internet access is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

26
96 84
Fitness Center is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Fitness Center

27
70 97
Concierge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

28
41 27
View is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Timothy Salt added View

29
75 102
Spa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Spa

30
81 87
Kitchenette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Kitchenette

31
46 126
Dry cleaning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

32
50 121
Nightly Turndown Service is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Nightly Turndown Service

33
54 116
Bellhop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

34
21 90
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
michael-koebnick added Fishing