Should coffee (or coffee makers) be mandatory in hotel rooms?
I write all sorts of things, and rarely do I rant, but this one merits two blog posts, one when I am actually going to complain about the specific hotel, and another one being this entry. The reality is, I don’t function without coffee, and I don’t function BEFORE I have had my first coffee in the morning. My morning routine includes ALWAYS a cup of coffee (and normally, either answering emails or writing, or blogging, or doing some sort of online activity). I even have coffee before I hit the gym. So when I travel (which I do quite often), I pretty much EXPECT that the hotel I am staying at (unless it’s a total dive, which I wouldn’t stay in anyways) will offer me *some* form of complimentary coffee in the morning.
When I recently stayed at the Camino Real Aeropuerto in Mexico City (review blog post forthcoming), there were no coffee makers in the room. I repeat, NO COFFEE MAKERS IN THE ROOM. Every. Single. Hotel. I have stayed at, in the past 6 years of so, and even beyond, before I started blogging, has had some form of complimentary morning caffeine provision.
So you can imagine my dismay when I realized that the Camino Real Aeropuerto doesn’t provide coffee makers in their hotel rooms. They *used to* (yes, I did interview the staff) but apparently they do not anymore. I just can’t fathom this. Be it a thermos, or bottomless coffee at the dining room or restaurant, as I say every single hotel I have stayed at has had some form of coffee in the morning.
Why would any hotel remove such a basic staple, one that actually one writes about when one does travel writing (I do write about it, and even if I think they should be mandatory, I do appreciate it). In fact, in my posts I normally explain in a couple of paragraphs the differences in coffee provision across hotels. For example, in Quebec every single hotel I visited and stayed at had one-cup espresso machines. Same in Paris.
But not at the Camino Real Aeropuerto. WHY NOT? So, my question to you dear readers, is this a #FirstWorldProblem? Should some form of morning caffeine be mandatory in hotel rooms (well, not mandatory but an expected level of comfort?). Share your thoughts on the comments section.