Lots of hotel coffee in the U.S. is bad, but tends to be so much better in Asia.
Coffee is important to me, a basic that I expect to be well provided-for by any full service hotel.
I was frustrated when the Andaz Wall Street got rid of their 24 hour complimentary espresso machine in the lobby as a cost-cutting measure. Without coffee machines in the room, and without 24 hour room service even that can be a big deal when you wake up at 5 a.m.
I always thought that the W brand’s ‘Whatever, Whenever’ concept was a good one though execution hasn’t often measured up. Like when the Whatever, Whenever line at the W San Diego couldn’t get me coffee at 5 am. The whatever part should have been easy since all I wanted was coffee.
None of which is bad, of course, as a hotel accusing you of stealing coffee.
Barbara DeLollis asks which hotel brands have decent coffee.
- A Nespresso machine in the room, with access to real cream
- Illy brand coffee in the restaurant, or a good local quality brand
Beans from the Andaz 5th Avenue, New York
I’ll often choose an airport hotel based on the availability of made to order coffee in the lobby, like at the Hilton JFK (although they have a problem showing up on time in the morning there…), knowing that if I’m staying near the airport it’s likely because I have a very early morning.
Does coffee matter to you, the way it does to me? What are your coffee needs?