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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380 35
Free Wireless Internet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Wireless Internet

2
300 46
Free Parking is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Parking

3
274 43
Housekeeping is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Housekeeping

4
323 37
Towels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

5
291 58
Complimentary Toiletries is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Toiletries

6
265 54
Complimentary Breakfast is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Breakfast

7
165 18
Good Showers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
rosemary-hallett added Good Showers

8
230 50
Television Set is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Television Set

9
203 47
Refrigerator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Refrigerator

10
192 50
Free Early Check-in is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Early Check-in

11
213 53
Luxury Bedding is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Luxury Bedding

12
212 49
Cable TV is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Cable TV

13
175 64
Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Swimming Pool

14
141 90
Room Service is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Room Service

15
166 79
Complimentary Bottled Water is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Bottled Water

16
176 77
Free Coffee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Coffee

17
150 63
On-site Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
On-site Restaurant

18
136 81
Hair Dryer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

19
129 81
Vending Machines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Vending Machines

20
137 80
Microwave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Microwave

21
131 77
Coffeemaker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Coffeemaker

22
105 63
Indoor Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

23
116 82
Shuttle Service is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Shuttle Service

24
100 81
Satellite TV is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Satellite TV

25
111 87
Fitness Center is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Fitness Center

26
102 84
Satellite Internet access is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

27
53 32
View is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Timothy Salt added

28
78 103
Concierge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

29
87 111
Spa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Spa

30
90 94
Kitchenette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Kitchenette

31
4 1
Air Conditioning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
psychicmoon added

32
3 0
Hot Tub is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Hot Tub

33
55 134
Dry cleaning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

34
57 132
Nightly Turndown Service is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Nightly Turndown Service

35
57 125
Bellhop is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

36
26 103
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
michael-koebnick added