With the rise of accommodation websites such as airbnb and stayz, many holiday makers and opting for renting someone else’s house off them as opposed to checking into a hotel.

But we’ve been reminiscing and have decided that hotels definitely still trump host stays. Here’s why:


There’s something pretty magical about leaving your room with an unmade bed, a few empty glasses and a towel soaked bathroom and returning to find that someone has taken care of it. That hasn’t happened for most of us since we lived with Mum. Make the most of being looked after.

Sofitel, Accor Hotels, New York

Room Service

If you don’t take advantage of room service at a hotel, you’re not doing staying at a hotel right. With one phone call, food is delivered to you on your lap. It’s becoming more and more refined, with Hotel Americano serving up beautiful bento boxes and even the option of a hatted menu from chef Daniel Bulud at The Surrey Hotel

Comfy Ass Beds

Hotel beds always seem to be extra comfy. Whether it’s the Egyptian cotton linen or the ultra plush mattress, the comfort level of the bed in a hotel is always a high priority.


Hands up if the first thing you do when you get into your hotel room is check the bathroom to see what snaggable toiletries have been included. Having miniature bottles of shampoo and conditioner and body wash somehow makes you feel like you’re getting your moneys worth. Extra points for a sewing kit and shower cap. The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York stock Aesop essentials, while the Mandarin Oriental in Paris have luxury brand Diptyque in the shower. 

Swimming pool and spa

I personally don’t stay in a hotel unless it boasts a swimming pool and spa. I want to feel like I’m having a vacation from home life and that includes sweating in a sauna before taking a dip in a crystal clear pool

Katikies Hotel, Santorini

Marina Sands Hotel, Singapore

Hotel Lobby Bar

It’s always comforting knowing that your bed is only a few stumbles away from the bar, which is why drinking in the hotel lobby is the absolute best. Accor Hotels boast some of the most beautiful historical bars in the world including Raffles in Singapore and the Sofitel Legend in Hanoi where you can sit back and have a nightcap before bed.

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