REVEALED: Top 20 attributes Brits look for in a hotel room

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    REVEALED: Top 20 attributes Brits look for in a hotel room

    A survey commissioned by P&G Professional has revealed that filthy bedsheets, hairy plugholes and unidentifiable room smells are some of the top factors likely to cause Brits to walk out of their hotel and never return…

    With the growing pressure on hoteliers to receive positive reviews and feedback, a study has been published that highlights some of the main faux pas that would make a guest walk out.

    Research into hotel guests’ experiences shows the importance of cleanliness to improve online ratings and customer loyalty.

    A study of 2,000 Brits who regularly stay in hotels has revealed that dirty bedsheets were the most likely issue that would result in a guest refusing to stay, followed by a disgusting bathroom or a smelly room.

    Almost everyone surveyed – 97 per cent – was disturbed by evidence of previous guests in their room, with two thirds stating they felt their skin crawl at the thought of old drool marks on their pillow. And 66 per cent can’t handle the sight of a stranger’s hair lingering in the plughole of the hotel shower.

    Savvy travellers won’t make the same mistake twice though, with 84 per cent of guests claiming they would not return for a second visit if the accommodation was unclean.

    “It is clear from this research that for hotels, the key to guest happiness is maintaining a high level of hygiene,” said Greg Elmore, UK & Ireland country sales manager at P&G Professional. “An unclean experience can damage a hotel’s reputation, from negative reviews to the risk of losing repeat business. It is critical to ensure cleanliness is the starting point of a great guest experience.”

    The study also found that while Brits may be horrified by an unclean room, many admit to less than favourable habits when staying away from home.

    More than a quarter admitted to dribbling on hotel pillows, 25 per cent leaving hair in the shower, and a fifth dropping food on the carpet.

    “Three quarters of those surveyed would leave a bad review online if their hotel stay was unclean.”

    Shockingly, five per cent admitted to boiling food like eggs in the kettle and four per cent have let children draw on hotel walls with crayons.

    It also emerged that when it comes to looking for a spotless hotel, one third of those surveyed rely on recommendations from friends or family. And three quarters of those surveyed would leave a bad review online if their hotel stay was unclean.

    This can be damaging to hospitality businesses though, as 93 per cent read online reviews before booking. For potential guests, cleanliness has been revealed as the most important factor when checking reviews, more than location or service.

    Only one in eight of those surveyed would consider staying in an establishment which has received less-than-stellar ratings for its hygiene.

    These negative experiences can impact hotels with immediate effect as 55 per cent will want to talk to management if they come across a rude member of staff.


    1. A fresh smelling bedroom
    2. An immaculate bathroom
    3. Fresh smelling bed linen
    4. No stray hairs in the bedroom or bathroom
    5. Bright, white sheets
    6. No dirty ring around the bathtub
    7. Comfortable room temperature
    8. Natural light
    9. A decent sized bed
    10. A lovely view from the window
    11. A good sized room
    12. Stylish décor
    13. Fluffy towels
    14. A good amount of pillows
    15. Plug sockets near the bed
    16. Bright, white bathrobes
    17. No fingerprints on the mirror or window
    18. Good bathroom size
    19. Smart TV with plenty of channels
    20. Free beauty products in the bathroom

    Main image credit: Pixabay

    Hamish Kilburn / 17.09.2019


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