If you're into traveling and interior design, this post is for you. Contact me if you have anything to add to the checklist as well! This is also a resource for anyone who may want to open up their own accommodation. The Rat Year 2020 and the Ox Year 2021 can be positive for real estate if you know where to look. This can also be handy for people who like to host friends, family, etc.
I'll update the list if necessary...
Side Note: This post came after a dream where I was walking through a resort that had every entertainment option that you could think of for a child. I was just wandering around thinking "This is too much stuff!" I kept hearing the word "Pompeii" as I was traveling through some underwater entrance to the resort. I guess this was the theme? A place to visit? Past life country?
I'm sure Italy is on most people's bucket lists though.
My current Asia tour hasn't even scratched the surface when it comes to checking out all of the cities, countrysides, wildlife, and accommodations. One great thing about Asia are the accommodations, esp if you love interior design. I've never seen so many space saving layouts, unique layouts, and overall affordable options! Westerners can definitely visit a lot more accommodations in a short amount of time when visiting Asian countries. Thai and Bali inspired villas will always be my favorite layout though! It's truly the Future of Interior Design!
Here are some of the BEST accommodation features that I've noticed throughout my 30+ years of travels....
* Room Service - You'll see a lot of room service presentations throughout your travels. I judge room service presentations on the amount of food that you actually get. The best tasting breakfast and room service that I've ever received included scrambled eggs, potatoes, two slices of toast, a bread roll, jam, butter, sausages, bacon slices, tropical fruit (oranges, pineapple), and a salad. Salads are great to eat at the end of your meal for digestion. This is something that you may notice in Japan and Korea.
* Day to day consistency is what you have to look out for though! You may have to request what you prefer the next day or two to avoid disappointments. This is a general rule for room service though, esp if you're a picky eater.
* Complimentary Toiletries - Who doesn't love "Free" toiletries every single day? I had to think about all of the best toiletries that I've enjoyed...
Complimentary wrapped slippers, wrapped brush and comb combo, wrapped kit with a hair tie, cotton balls, and Qtips, shower cap, sanitary bag, laundry bags, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap, Salux (Japanese body wash towel), toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, tissues, local fruits and/or snacks, local teas, coffee, bottled juices, bottled waters, pens, notepads, and travel brochures. Fluffy robes aren't always complimentary. They are nice to have around though with an electric tea kettle for cold nights. You can always pack your own if you're on a road trip!
* Mini Kitchens - Mini kitchens include an induction stovetop, sink, and fridge. They are handy to have in an accommodation if you like to cook your own food. There are portable induction stovetops that you can purchase if you're taking a road trip. It's a space saving and eco friendly kitchen option. You can find these mini kitchens in a lot of accommodations, esp vacation rentals. Some people have them in their Master Bedrooms and Guest Rooms as well.
* Curtains on Bunk Beds - I've noticed these in Asian hostels. Curtains are good for privacy and sleeping. Hostels in Asia are an interior design show. Some hostels even come with work stations, cafes and alcohol bars, adults only rules, tech appliance features, and more. They are much safer than a lot of countries as well! You can view a lot at one time via any hostel or accommodation website.
* Blackout Curtains and Soundproofing - Introverts and Extroverts all love AND need a little "me time" aka SLEEP. There's nothing better than accommodations with blackout curtains and some soundproofing!
* Mosquito Repellent Plug Ins - I've never come across indoor mosquito repellent plug ins until one accommodation stay in Asia. This one was blue with a little switch. It just sat on a table. They are small and handy little devices! All accommodations, esp during rainy seasons should provide them. It's a handy thing to carry with you to tropical locations as well.
* Convenience Stores - Asia's convenience stores really are convenient! Many are inside accommodations, below accommodations, across the street from accommodations, and/or a few minutes walk on foot from an accommodation. They stock everything from seasonal clothing items, toiletries, umbrellas, laundry detergent, food, scissors, package tape, and more! Residents in Asia use convenient stores for daily living (paying bills, receiving packages, etc) as well.
* Ice Cream Shop/Bakery/Cafes - The amount of cafes in Korea are overwhelming! There are some really cute ones though! Accommodations with or near baked goods (complimentary or for purchase) are handy for a carb fix. The accommodations that sell ice cream as well are even better. I remember one resort that I visited as a child that had an ice cream parlor with baked goods. It was one of the resort's best features! Adults loved it too!
Luckily convenience stores provide ice cream for your enjoyment!
* Entertainment and Nature Trails - Private movie theaters for kids and adults to private karaoke rooms are fun. The best entertainment that I've enjoyed though are nature trails near accommodations. Having nature right outside of your room is always a plus! You can get that instantly with countryside accommodations.
* Ocean, Lake, Pool Gear - Some accommodations had a ton of gear for visitors to borrow for free. This included beach blankets, picnic baskets, pool floats, snorkeling gear, surf boards, canoes, paddle boats, life jackets, beach umbrellas, etc, etc. It's a great thing to offer your houseguests if you live near the water.
* Spas - The word "spa" has many different definitions around the World. In Asia, it can mean a foot spa, a Jacuzzi tub, a pool, a get naked onsen or public mineral bath, actual massage rooms, and/or a bathroom that is great for DIY spa treatments. However you define it, it's always a great feature in accommodations for some relaxing pampering. :)
* Relaxing Accommodation Extras - Fountains, Flower Gardens, Fish Ponds, Art Displays, Cabanas, Shuttles, Concierge, Jazz Lounge