Sometimes on a bike tour, you just have to get from here to there. This was one of those days. As you can see from our few photos (Tony only took 5 all day!), not much to see. Highlight was a ferry across the River Shannon.
If we ran a B&B (too much work!)
After a year of being homeless — not to mention a career full of travel — I have firm opinions about the amenities that I expect to find in my paid accommodations.
Should be required
- Easily accessible outlets on both sides of the bed
- Table or shelf on both sides of bed
- Counter space in the bathroom. Or shelves. Or for heaven’s sake, at least a few hooks.
- Sheet that is separate from duvet
- Extra pillows
- Good wifi
- Night light in bathroom; adequate light for ablutions
- Water pressure and hot water
- Blackout curtains
- A chair
- Decent linens
Most of these things can cost very little. Even decent linens probably pay for themselves in increased durability.
- Windows that open
- Heated towel rack (dry laundry!)
- Q-tips (inside joke)
- Laundry room
- Ironing equipment
- Outdoor seating
- Wine in the afternoon
- Shelf in shower
- Flat surface for keys, sunglasses, etc
- Superb linens
Has no value to us, but we see often
- Shaver only outlet. I don’t understand it. Can I plug in my toothbrush?
- Shelf over toilet. Leads to woe.
- Robe & slippers
- Minibar, though an empty fridge is useful
- Bidet, aka butt washer
- TV in bathroom. Ditto phone.
We are not utterly spoiled; we’ve stayed in quite basic accommodations without a murmur of complaint. But when we’re paying for a decent room, this list is how I define “decent.”
What are your pet peeves?