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I'm not sure what the situation is in the US but, in the UK, there is often a pricing where internet access is free to all in the lobby and restaurant but NOT free in the rooms. This allows hotels to say that internet access is available in all rooms and still charge unwary customers for what costs them little to provide.
Personally, I vote for electricity sockets on both sides of the room so I don't need to trail a power cable across the room when I am working at the desk or in bed. Is that too much to ask?
I find the trend toward dim Lighting in hotels most distressing.
I didn't think I would ever find anyone to share that complaint!! Bravo! Once I checked in a hotel, saw the lighting in it, and promptly left to buy the lightbulbs I wanted (can't change the location or hotel, b/c it was immediately adjacent to a professional conference I was attending). I bought 4 lightbulbs in a Seven-Eleven nearby. When I checked out, I replaced the light bulbs and gave the roommaid the brighter bulbs.
Sockets (normal and USB) on both sides of the bed - can't believe we're still asking for that. And I detest docking stations - invariably they only work with iPhones which is pointless unless you have such a device. Surely the way to go is Bluetooth - had an awesome Bose Bluetooth speaker in a hotel recently. Although that does mean the rooms must be well sound-insulated.
I also want an accessible HDMI socket for the TV - local channels are either the wrong language or provide nothing interesting, and CNN gets repetitive after a while. But I love it when I can plug my laptop into the TV, and run Netflix so I can watch what I want.
Ok great for the tech stuff, but what about microwave ovens and small fridges so we don't need to eat at expensive and time consuming restaurants ? On a recent business trip to Singapore for several weeks I missed having a microwave and the fridge was a bar one with little space for anything. In North America both are more readily available. Health club facilities are a must for me when I travel. I need my pool. I do most of my work at the local office. Having noisey package tourist from a couple of large Asian countries is an amenity I can do without though.
Singapore has quite a few options for serviced apartments with full kitchens, washing machines etc and with an on site restaurant for continental breakfast. I would highly recommend these for any extended stay. You can also have food delivered using uber-eats type of delivery services and unlike hotels who don't like take out food being delivered to their guests, the serviced apartments will sign at reception for the food and call you to collect.
That used to be common in the US as well, but most of those hotels have quit charging for access in rooms.
As for electricity, lamps with outlets on their bases are becoming increasingly common. Finally. I still travel with a 2m charging cord for my phone, though.
The Gideons will be peturbed by the religious trends........
Very convenient: Many now offer USB sockets for charging, so travelers don't have to bring their own power supplies any longer, just the USB cable.
Except that device manufacturers are now rapidly adopting USB-C plugs. All these old-style USB sockets (on aeroplane seats and apparently in hotel rooms) are going to be redundant in a couple of years' time.