Common amenities werent always so common

It may seem as if coffeemakers, hair dryers and ironing boards have always come as standard amenities in your hotel room, but its not so.

According to the 2006 Lodging Survey, conducted for the American Hotel & Lodging Association by Smith Travel Research, 25% of hotel rooms in 2001 didnt have ironing boards.  This year, only 3% of hotel rooms are not equipped with ironing boards.

As for wireless Internet service in 2004, only about one-third of hotels carried it. Now, more than 80% of them do.

The stats on in-room amenities are part of an array of statistics that reveal what the hotels of today look like. The survey covered in-room amenities, security, technology, food and beverage and guest services.

Smith Travel Research polled more than 9,300 hotels around the country, which represented a 21% response rate among the hotels contacted.

The types of available amenities varied depending on the type and price category of hotels surveyed.

For example, flat-screen TVs have been introduced in relatively few hotel rooms and are most common in luxury properties. Only 12% of all respondents indicated they have flat-screen TVs in rooms, but 51% of luxury properties surveyed said they provide this amenity. Only 12% of all respondents indicated they provide DVD players, but 53% of the luxury properties offer them.

Across all categories, 99% of hotels provide cable or satellite TV, up from 69% in 1990.

Several questions were included in the survey for the first time -- 69% of all hotels indicated they had upgraded the bedding in their rooms over the last year, and 85% said they stocked branded products in their bathrooms.

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