As with the restaurants I review, much of my hotel review is likely to be based on how I feel. If a porter offers me a bright smile and an enthusiastic greeting we’re off to a good start. I sleep out at hotels once, sometimes twice a week and occasionally I forget my toothbrush – if someone on duty goes out of their way to find me a new one, that’s a yes. For me, it’s these kind of details that really do make a difference. Over the years, I’ve compiled an unofficial list of commandments of happy hotel moments and they go something like this:
- If you can’t direct me to your hotel on the phone whether I’m on foot or in my car, how are you going to help someone who’s not from the city?
- Your suggestions for new and exciting eateries to try are really appreciated, especially if your own restaurant is also good. Book a nice table for me and I’m even happier.
- Big beds make me think you care.
- Sometimes a good DVD selection is all I need. Don't bother if your DVD library is outdated.
- Refilled bathroom amenities make me think that you cut corners and leave me wondering where else you’re skimping.
- I love it when you suggest a running route in the area.
- I can tell when you’ve bought second hand equipment and called a room a gym.
- A lovely smelling space (and not bathroom spray aromas) feels like home.
- Imported bottled water in the rooms? No thanks.
- A few sparkly cushions doth not a designer hotel suite make.
- Your corporate social responsibility program is important to me.
- If you post me something I’ve left behind, I’ll be your number one fan.
Of course, there’s so much more to a superb hotel experience and more often than not it’s the people who make the difference. That’s why I’d love to hear your commandments. What makes you come back for more? I’ll add it to my list and continue with my quest for finding perfect places in the Mother City to lay your hat for that night or three.
* Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation
recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where
it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels,
the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms
of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.
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