For those that frequently travel, there is some good news to report. A greater number of hotels are throwing in extra perks at no additional charge. Some of these include complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, and even breakfast. However, even as more freebies are offered, some of the tried and true extras are becoming a thing of the past. Room service, swimming pools, and minibars are a few examples of extras that are disappearing.
An online survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association shows that of the more than 7,000 hotels in the United States, over 97 percent of them offer in-room Wi-Fi, and less than ten percent of them charge for it. Typically, luxury hotels are the ones that choose to charge, while mid-range and economy hotels have lower odds of requiring a fee.
The online survey also revealed additional interesting details. More hotel rooms have HD capable television sets, up from 84 percent to nearly 90 percent and there are more non-smoking rooms, jumping from 62 percent in 2014 to a whopping 85 percent. Conversely, the number of hotels that install minibars in the room has dropped to just three percent, and only 43 percent of hotels are choosing to include a swimming pool.
Where do you think the hotel industry is headed as it begins to offer more modern technology features while doing away with classic extras?
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