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- Travellers said they wanted to see more plug sockets next to the bed and mirrors
- Others pleaded for wifi that only needs to be logged into once during a stay
- Safes being too small for laptops was also listed as a hotel gripe by one traveller
Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
Sometimes a stay in a hotel can be tainted by just one or two small problems.
For instance it might have spacious and plush rooms, a superb restaurant and courteous staff – but a lack of a plug socket by the bed can send irritation levels soaring.
One particular internet thread tackled the issue head on, with contributors listing their hotel gripes and wishes – from plug socket woes to safes big enough for laptops – perhaps in the hope that word would get out to the hospitality community.
Travellers have been taking to Quora to reveal the one thing they would like to see in hotel rooms
The discussion appeared on US-based internet forum Quora after a user posted the question: ‘What’s the one great thing that people would like to see in a hotel room?’
And traveller Jonathan Tate was one of many whose hotel wishlist contained strategically placed power outlets.
He wrote: ‘Power outlets easily accessible from the nightstand so you can easily charge your phone/tablet without leaving it across the room on the floor.’
Vlad Georgescu said he would like electrical sockets inside the safe for his laptop.
He added: ‘Please please please let me charge my laptop while I’m out without worrying about it going AWOL for some reason.
‘Some (few) hotels have thought of this but it should definitely become a standard.
‘Also, make sure the damn safe is big enough to fit a laptop.’
Many travellers wanted more strategically placed plug sockets – especially near the beds
While Julie Farrell explained she would like to see outlets next to a mirror outside the bathroom.
She wrote: ‘I so often stay in hotels either completely lacking in sufficient sockets, or where the sockets are nowhere near the mirror, making hair drying and straightening really awkward.
‘I now keep a 3m extension cable in my luggage, and regularly need to use it.’
For Domhnall O’Huigin, a simple ironing board and steam iron would make life so much easier for him when he travels.
He wrote: ‘An actual, honest-to-God ironing board and an electric steam iron to match.
‘With enough flex to reach from the socket to the cuffs of my trousers.
‘You put a Corby trouser press in. Thanks very much! My creases will be the envy of all.
‘Doesn’t help me with my bl***y shirt though does it? Unless I am an Origami Master, which, the last time I looked, I wasn’t.’
And Julie Pearson also wrote she wanted an everyday electrical item added to rooms.
She explained: ‘I want a hand-held hair-dryer not one of those ridiculous, ineffective wall jobs.’
Computer programmer Paul Tomblin’s plea was for better connectivity to the internet.
One man said he wished that hotels served breakfast right up until lunchtime
He said: ‘I want wifi and wired internet connections that are free, fast, and don’t require you to log back into them every morning and again every evening when you get back from work.
‘You know how long I’m staying, make my login last that long!’
Paul Feist added to the thread and said that he would like a small light installed in bathrooms for any unexpected calls of nature.
He said: ‘Fumbling to the bathroom in the middle of the night, then having to turn on the overhead light, and feel like a vampire dropped into the full light of day, dazzling my poor dark-adapted eyes just so I can “aim” at the toilet.
‘Perhaps a 20 cent little led bulb next to the toilet? Please? I promise to give the maintenance guy who installs them a big, manly, hug.’
While Dheera Venkatraman made a simple plea of wanting a water boiler adding: ‘Not a coffee maker that gives you coffee residue-flavoured hot water.’
And for Steven Grimm, serving breakfast up until at least lunchtime would be the one thing he would like in hotels.
He explained: ‘If I’m traveling on leisure or if I’m jetlagged and don’t have meetings until the afternoon or the next day, I don’t want to have to be out of bed, dressed, and in the hotel restaurant before 9am to get anything to eat; I want to sleep in until 10.
‘Most hotels seem to be designed and run by early risers as far as I can tell.’
Travellers reveal the things that they'd love to find in hotels