Breakfast Important For Hotel Guests
I've just arranged a mid-week May break to Malaga - flights booked through Opodo on this occasion, and the hotel, Tryp Guadalmar on the Costa del Sol, booked directly with the hotel. This quiet four star hotel, ten minutes by taxi from the airport, is right on the beach and although it is well out of the town, it provides a relaxing break if all you want is sun, sea, sand and 'real' food. You can eat in the hotel's restaurant, or at one of the beach bars that cooks delicious freshly caught fish around wood fires on the sand. But if you fancy a freshly prepared tuna salad then the bar I frequent does one of the best! If you are a naturist, then there is a beach area close to the hotel that is private and deserted in the week.
It seems that I am a typical hotel guest, as a new survey has revealed that breakfast is more important than wifi to hotel guests. Guests ranked a full English or Continental breakfast and a hotel restaurant above access to the internet. When checking into a hotel, most holidaymakers are now more concerned that their bed comes with breakfast than any other amenity the hotel might offer. This includes wifi, which was named as the most important service by travellers in 2012, according to a survey by Hotels.com.
Guests who were asked to rank 33 hotel amenities rated a full English or Continental breakfast and a hotel restaurant above access to the internet. The fourth most desirable amenity was parking, followed by a front desk that was open 24 hours a day. Ten years on from the ban on smoking in Britain, having a non-smoking room was the next most important criteria for guests looking to book accommodation. Voted least important – bearing in mind that more than a third of the 1,000 respondents (35 per cent) were business travellers – were child-friendly amenities, pet services and hair salons. These same respondents, however, were also not overly concerned with business facilities, with conference centres and meeting rooms ranking low in the list of priorities. Wifi was deemed the most important amenity when travellers were asked what they most wanted once inside – as opposed to when they're booking their rooms. Charges for wifi have long been a primary bugbear for hotel guests when the service is now offered freely in many public places, from cafes to airports.
A room at the Tryp Guadalmar in May, including breakfast, is £73 per night or 88 Euros ($120), when booked directly with the hotel on-line.