Playing ping pong at the Mondrian LA
4. Fun: This year hotels started to introduce more and more fun activities for guests and we don't mean activities like tennis, golf and cooking classes. We mean ping-pong, Xbox and Wii in the lobbies, wine-tasting hours, special music sessions, pop-up shops, restaurants, spas and even ice skating rinks and more. While we love a stiff drink and a good meal to go along with our hotel room, the option of playing ping pong before we head to bed is all that much cooler.
5. No Resort Fees: Asking for no resort fees is like wishing Santa Claus was real but after our favorite city of Las Vegas made resort fees de riguer for nearly all their hotels, we just hope that other top-tourism cities don't get the same idea.
6. More Keyless Hotel Rooms: Only a few hotels in the world are pioneering this new way of opening hotel rooms via your mobile phones but we hope that one of our hotel stays in 2011 will include this super fly technology.
A look at some last-minute deals from HotelTonight
7. Last-Minute Deals: We've often used Priceline and Hotwire's blind booking sites for our hotel stays that typically last under 12 hours but wouldn't it be cool if more hotels offered their own last-minute rates? That way we wouldn't have to play hotel roulette. But until then, we'll make good use of the new last-minute booking app from HotelTonight.
8. Less Private Sale Sites: When 2010 kicked off, we were so excited by new private sale sites offering steep discounts to great properties we would actually stay at. But then it got out of control with new private sale sites launching left and right. Which made booking a hotel room far more confusing than it used to be. Aside from checking the hotel's website, we had to check three different private sale sites as well as the regular third-party sites. And then compare and contrast rates and cancellation policies. Maybe hotels could just offer special sales via their own sites in 2011?
How do you say Le Meurice Rubber Duckies in French? Something "Cunard" right?
9. Keep Up Amenity Madness: It's been the same drill since we were a kid--as soon as we check into a hotel room, we gotta scope out the amenities from the minibar to the toiletries. Hotels have been doing a kickass job these days of making the room amenities just as fun as the design and we hope they don't stop. From cute stationary and erasers to Nespresso machines, hotel bathrobes, rubber duckies, t-shirts, full-sized bottles of alcohol (don't judge!) and even cosmetic kits, we hope to see all these and more in the hotel rooms of 2011.
10. Just Say No to Charlie Sheen: Because no one should ever be allowed to defile The Plaza and keep his or her luxury hotel privileges.
What would you like to see more of or less of from hotels in 2011? Tell us, and the hotels and hoteliers who read us, what you want!