This blog has been silent of late due to my travels to, first, a conference in Rome, and then, a couple of weeks of R&R around Puglia. As such, my ponderings have been banking up while I waited for decent internet access.
All this travel and stays in hotels of various quality and other accommodation has got me thinking about lost competitive opportunities for hoteliers. The one that is really starting to aggravate is the failure to provide facilities for listening to music.
In a world were huge numbers of travellers are carrying Apple music players of various descriptions, I am stunned that it has not become de rigeur to provide an iPod dock in hotel rooms. I would love the chance to move beyond headphones or the tinny speaker on my iPhone.
The cost to a hotelier would be low (decent units go for less than $100), and the payoff in terms of satisfaction would be high. As travellers become more and more linked, and more vocal, through feedback sites such as Tripadvisor, hotels should be looking for simple but effective ways to make the stay more enjoyable and to differentiate themselves from others. This would be one of them.
I can only recall one hotel that I’ve stayed in which provided a dock. It rocked and was well-named!