702becca (Editor, VegasChatter): I would love it if hotels would add one dedicated children's channel to their 'complimentary' lineup. PBS is great if you catch it right but often you find yourself ordering a $20 movie just to keep your little one amused. Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Cartoon Network, I don't care which it is. Any would be a vast improvement.
Juliana (Managing Editor, HC): My #1 request is a well-lit full-length mirror that is on the wall proper, not on the closet door and not something that I have to move a piece of furniture to access. Aside from being able to see my entire outfit from head to toe, the mirror on the wall makes it easy for me to apply my eye-liner. Those magnifying mirrors in the bathroom don’t really do the job.
Janice (Contributing Editor, HC): I'm not a particularly vain person, but I would really like to have a female room service waiter deliver my food. It's already awkward standing in your robe while the waiter sets things up, and a female would just make it less so.
DesignMinder (Contributing Editor, HC): Seriously, if you provide an iron / ironing board in a hotel room, please make sure there is a place for it that does not require re-arranging the furniture, turning off a lamp, or any other suspect activity just to get to an electrical outlet.
Ruzwana Bashir (CEO, Peek.com): I would like bath products that you actually want to use (like shower gel that doesn’t smell like cheap aftershave, and conditioner that actually conditions); a decent hairdryer and the option to borrow hair straighteners for those of us ladies that need a little assistance to tame the mane; and a spa that stays open late.
Juliab (Assistant Editor, HC): Flippantly: sanitized hair straighteners and a mirror with access to natural light. Seriously, I'd like hotel staff to be better trained at dealing with women traveling alone - not just not reading out your room number, but training in how to behave sensitively and sensibly when problems arise. In the last couple of years, I have been a) called up from another room in the middle of the night and asked whether I wanted 'company' (Arkansas), and b) groped right outside my hotel front door (Marrakech). On both occasions, (female!!!) staff reacted by telling me not to worry, and to take it as a compliment. This is why some women are put off traveling alone, and it's also why I will never go back to either hotel.
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