Hotel tea and coffee – my holiday must-have

If there’s one thing that disappoints me when arriving at a hotel, it’s wanting a lovely cup of tea after unpacking and finding that there are no tea-making facilities. Hotel tea and coffee feels a little bit like Christmas morning – you’re excited for the break from work, not much effort is needed, and at the end of it you’re in a beautiful sleepy haze. Obviously, hotels outside of America and Europe probably won’t offer the same kind of tea or coffee that I’m used to (if any at all), but I do think a hotel that lacks complimentary in-room drinks is missing a very welcome trick.

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Cosy tea brewing by bestbib&tucker on Flickr


Complimentary tea and coffee is a perk that every hotel needs to embrace. A nice cup of tea can do wonders for your mood, especially if you’ve just arrived from a very long and stressful journey! Since airline tea tastes like its been sieved through a pensioner’s stocking, it’s nice to arrive to a warm bed and a boiling hot, milky cuppa in a cosy hotel. So when my room doesn’t have a set of mugs, a kettle, pack of teabags, creamers, sugar packets and the occasional biscuit treat, I get a little dose of the sads (re: that link – you’re welcome!). Actually I start a bit sad, then I get grumpy, and then the withdrawal symptoms start showing. If the restaurant can serve tea and coffee, why can’t each of the rooms have a little tea/coffee bar in them?

In 2006, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition* found that:

Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it’s got two things going for it.

See? Tea is better than straight water! If hotels needed a reason to have tea and coffee in the rooms then this is most definitely it. They probably didn’t need to do a whole study to find that out, but never mind…

Making a cup of tea is always the first thing I do after I’ve put my bags down and checked the towels for pubes. It’s almost like an initiation, as if I’ve not fully arrived in the hotel until I’m gripping a mug of char and burrowing into the bedsheets. When there’s no in-room beverages I feel unwelcome, like they don’t really want me to stay because they’re not there with open kettle lids, inviting me in for a comforting cuppa.

The best hotel tea and coffee I ever had was at The Talbot in Ripley (before Marco Pierre White bought it and probably took away the in-room beverages). There was a little kettle on the desk and a tea tray packed with everything needed for a hearty welcome drink. They’d even left a bag of mini homemade cookies on the desk for us to dunk! That’s what I call ‘going the extra mile’.

Do you prefer it when you room comes with complimentary tea and coffee? Are you one of those nutters who hates tea and coffee? Tell me about your favourite in-room drink in a hotel you’ve stayed in!

*tea fact brought to you by BBC News

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4 Comments

  1. 29th November 2012 / 11:42 am

    Absolutely, I’m all about drinking teas in my hotel room. It’s one of the principle reasons I’d like to go to hotel rooms more. And I’m also all about citing tea facts like that one, except usually explicitly for Rooibos tea, which I force on all people everywhere (and they don’t tend to give you in your hotel rooms!).

    But it’s hard to focus on all that now that I’ve seen that sad cat. He’s so sad…

  2. 10th March 2016 / 11:44 am

    :) I like it when I get tea-making facilities at the hotel but it rarely happens outside England:)