Cycle Ireland Day 19: To Kilrush

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.

Extra points

  • Windows that open
  • Fan
  • Heated towel rack (dry laundry!)
  • Teapot
  • 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
  • Kleenex

Has no value to us, but we see often

  • Telephone
  • 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?


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