What Nerds Want in Hotels

by Joey deVilla on June 4, 2007

Bill Gates on a motel bed, offering a rose. Cancel or Allow?
Hey, it’s the best “Nerd in a hotel room” pic I could dig up on short notice.

The article What A Global Nomad Wants In A Hotel To Work Anywhere, which appears in the Working Anywhere blog, lists these 15 must-haves for a hotel serving global nerds:

  1. Good broadband — at least 1.5 megs, symmetrical to boot.
  2. Both wired and wireless access in the room.
  3. Lots of outlets. I’m very on-board with this one! I hate it when I find all the outlets in the room are already being monopolized by the TV, lamps and so on. There should be a couple of free outlets by the desk, as well as extra outlets for things like my phone and camera chargers.
  4. Reading lights over the bed. Handy, but not so high a priority on my list. A bedside lamp would do me fine.
  5. An in-room safe large enough to accomodate a laptop. I generally trust that my laptop won’t get yanked by the hotel staff, but I’d much rather be able to put it in the safe.
  6. Relaxing and Inviting Lobbies and Bars with Outlets. Hear hear! Back when I was an indie consultant, I got a lot of programming work done at my local cafe, and still enjoy getting some laptop work done in a cafe, bar or lobby — as long as it was a nice and inviting one. Let’s face it, if the bar is either sterile or sad, I’d better be off working in my room.

    I’ll give high marks to the Westin Boston Waterfront, home of the fall 2006 Ajax Experience, for its nice, comfy and inviting lobby/bar, with handy-dandy in-hotel Starbucks around the corner.

  7. 24 Hour Room Service WITH a 24 hour menu. A nice thing to have, but I think I might be able to live without it.
  8. A Hot Restaurant With A Killer Chef. I like hot restos with killer chefs as much as the next sensualist, but isn’t that what checking out the city is for?
  9. Seven Day A Week Laundry. I pack heavy, but I suppose it would be nice to have one.
  10. Early Check-In. Yes! There are so many times that I’ve arrived in the morning or early afternoon, dying for a nap, only to be told that the room wouldn’t be available until 3 p.m..
  11. A Fluffy and Warm Bathrobe. Not absolutely necessary, but I do take advantage of it whenever one’s available.
  12. Flat Screen Wide Screen TV That’s 23″ or larger. Once you’ve been to a hotel room with one of these — once again, the Boston Westin Waterfront had these, and they were sweet! — there’s no going back.
  13. A Larder. I’ve never been to a hotel with one of these, but it could be pretty handy.
  14. High Quality Bottled Water. Perhaps. Vending machines full of Diet Coke are on my must-have list, but I’m trying to cut down, what with all those stories about it being neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
  15. Soundproof windows. Street noise doesn’t generally bother me, but a little peace and quiet is nice to have.

What do you need in a hotel room?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anonymous June 4, 2007 at 8:38 pm

No bedbugs.

2 Seth Christenfeld June 4, 2007 at 10:05 pm

Complimentary redheads.

3 Laura M. June 5, 2007 at 1:23 am

Coffee machine!

4 Betsy Devine June 5, 2007 at 12:50 pm

Coffeemachine++

IronAndIroningBoard++

I rarely bother to use the hotel’s iron but it’s very reassuring to know that it’s there.

5 Jon June 5, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Decent article, but the dangers of aspartame are FUD. Please see:
http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp

6 KatieBee June 5, 2007 at 3:25 pm

I require bedding that passes the “dateline black light” test!

you know what i mean…

7 Joey deVilla June 5, 2007 at 4:50 pm

@Jon: Well, my own argument for the continued enjoyment of Diet Coke is “Hey, thanks to heredity, there’s a high risk of me being diabetic. Aspartame might kill me, but sugar will.”

8 ImJohnGalt June 7, 2007 at 9:41 am

Coder, please! Not bottled water. There are all sorts of environmental reasons why paying someone to a) use petroleum to make a plastic bottle that is then b) shipped halfway across the world so that you can spend c) ridiculous amounts of money on something you could get for free if you walked to the tap or brought your own reusable thermos/coffee mug.

viz. http://www.cbc.ca/cp/Home+Family/070430/U043008AU.html

9 Laura M. June 8, 2007 at 1:06 am

@ImJohnGalt: Obviously, you’re don’t considering hotels in countries where tap water is not safe to drink. Otherwise, better bring your chlorine pills with you…

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