Hotel Facilities and Services

Different hotels have different facilities and amenities, which help to determine the price of the room. But which ones do you actually need? All you really need is a comfortable bed if you are paying for a hotel room, although most hotels have facilities that most of us would consider a must. Heat or air conditioning, a television and private bathroom and toilet are all commonplace and taken for granted today in Lichfield Hotels and all over the UK. However, some cheaper hotels don't have rooms with private bathroom and you can find yourself walking down the hallway in the middle of the night to use the toilet. And if you stay in a hostel rather than a hotel, you can expect to have just the most basic of amenities to reflect the lower prices of the accommodation.

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A Brief History 

Of course, the earliest hotels and inns offered just a bed and a meal; the facilities we have come to expect have been introduced mostly over the last century or so. One of the first hotels to offer rooms with private bathrooms was the Goring Hotel in London in 1910, while the idea of room service was introduced at New York's Waldorf Hotel in the 1930s. Air conditioning in hotel rooms was first introduced in the 1950s, and the minibar made its first appearance in Hilton hotels in the 1960s.

Room Service, Concierge and More

Other facilities and amenities offered by hotels may be nice, but most us don't consider them essential and can manage without them. 24 hour room service, a concierge or travel agency, a fitness centre or business centre on the property, and valet parking are all extras that push up the price of a hotel room. But of course, it all depends on your needs, the purpose of your trip and the length of your stay. If you are treating someone special to a weekend away in a luxury hotel, you probably don't mind paying more for such extras as room service and an oversized and more luxurious room. And if you are staying somewhere for a week on business, being able to use the hotel's business centre at any time of the day is probably a requirement. When looking at hotels, try to evaluate your needs, the extras and amenities you need and can do without, and whether it's worth paying more for them.