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Which Hotel Amenities are Most Important? Which hotel amenities matten? hen choosing a hotel, there's a lot to consider. From basics like price and location to things like hotel amenities and reviews from past guests, there are several factors that come into play. In order to get to the bottom of what things influence travelers, we recently asked visitors to tell us what's most important to them when booking a trip. In addition to finding out which features are the most crucial, which are the most influential and which they could do without, we also got some key insights into who's booking and how they're booking. Who's booking? In addition to their preferences on hotel amenities, we polled users on their gender, whether they normally travel with kids and who in their household makes the vacation booking decisions. Here's how they stacked up: GENDER FAMILY BOOKING DECISIONS 80% 20% 48% 52% 33% 62% 3% Female Male No kids Kids Wife Both Husband Must-have hotel Amenities While many properties offer a large variety of amenties, it seems getting a good night's sleep still means more than all the bells and whistles. Here's what visitors chose as their most desired "must-have" features when booking a stay: Comfortable bed 27.7% Outdoor Pool 18.5% Free breakfast 15.8% Free wireless internet 13.2% Indoor Pool 9.9% Lazy River 5.2% Pet-Friendly Rooms 5.2% Hot tub 4.5% What hids mant When traveling with kids, visitors overwhelmingly chose water features as a top priority among hotel amenities. With more and more properties offering luxurious indoor and outdoor pools, water parks, lazy rivers and kids play areas, it's no wonder many travelers choose taking a dip with the little ones as a prime vacation activity: Arcade 3.1% On-site Dining Free wi-fi 1.3% 9.1% DVD Rentals Free breakfast 12.4% Swimming Pool or Water Features 73.5% FAST FACT A recent survey from found that 10% of all leisure travelers nationwide say swimming pools as a deciding factor in booking a hotel. The top choice for both leisure and business travelers was free wireless interent. How they book Booking a vacation online is easier than ever with tons of great options including online travel agencies, hotel websites, apps and destination sites like and others. Here's a look at where and how respondents book their trips: BY SOURCE BY DEVICE 21% 31% 20% 17% 10% 2% 63% 21% 16% Travel Local Hotel TripAdvisor Other Social Computer Phone Tablet Websites websites (App, Travel Agency, etc.) Webites Media (Expedia, Orbitz, etc.) What's most important? Though amenities at a hotel are important, they are just part of the booking decision. When asked to determine the biggest influence on their choice of hotels affordability and location are the top factors for most travelers. Price 51.6% Location 20.7% Amenities 17.2% Reviews 10.5% Why not help yourself? While nearly every traveler uses at least some of the amenities at their hotel, some take advantage of the guest experience more than others. When asked if they ever take the soap, shampoo, toiletries or other items from their room almost half said they do. TOOTHPASTE Yes 41.5% No 58.5% FAST FACT Though nearly half of vistors take advantage of these free items, toletries are one of the least necessary amenities. Many say they would give up designer toiletries (51%) and bath robes (68%) for a cheaper room rate. Hotel amenity wish list For many hotels, amenities extend well beyond an on-site gym or gourmet coffee. When asked to choose a "wish list" of unique features offered at upscale hotels around world, here's what visitors opted for: READ MORE Popcorn If you think these amenities are luxurious, you won't believe what some other hotels are doing. Check out some even 39.9% 16.7% 15.6% 10.4% 8.2% On-site movie Personal chef In-room tents & Massage on a gondola Gourmet cooking class theater s'mores more interesting and outlandish options in our article "8 Hotel Amenities That Will Make You go Hmmm..." 2.6% Read more at 3.5% 2% 1% 0.3% www.MyrtleBeach Psychic Reading Wine bath Room service for Pillow fight supplies Goldfish for hire your dog Source: Data compiled from survey of 2,558 travelers and users of and on July 7, 2015. Graphic by Chris Mowder. 100 LA 95217052 100 100 Shaving Cream

Which Hotel Amenities are Most Important?

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The results from annual survey of more than 2,500 visitors about how they travel, how they plan vacations and what matters most to them when booking a hotel. This year's Hotel Am...


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