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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393 38
Free Wireless Internet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Wireless Internet

2
310 47
Free Parking is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Parking

3
285 43
Housekeeping is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Housekeeping

4
335 37
Towels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

5
304 61
Complimentary Toiletries is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Toiletries

6
276 54
Complimentary Breakfast is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Breakfast

7
174 18
Good Showers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
rosemary-hallett added Good Showers

8
237 51
Television Set is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Television Set

9
209 48
Refrigerator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Refrigerator

10
199 50
Free Early Check-in is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Early Check-in

11
221 54
Luxury Bedding is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Luxury Bedding

12
221 50
Cable TV is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Cable TV

13
182 65
Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Swimming Pool

14
148 92
Room Service is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Room Service

15
172 79
Complimentary Bottled Water is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Bottled Water

16
182 79
Free Coffee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Free Coffee

17
155 64
On-site Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
On-site Restaurant

18
141 83
Hair Dryer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

19
134 83
Vending Machines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Vending Machines

20
142 81
Microwave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Microwave

21
135 77
Coffeemaker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Coffeemaker

22
108 64
Indoor Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities

23
121 82
Shuttle Service is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Shuttle Service

24
104 82
Satellite TV is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Satellite TV

25
117 87
Fitness Center is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Essential Hotel Amenities
Fitness Center