The following article appeared on the internet and it reinforced the reasons I like to cruise among them cleanliness of the cabins, clean comfortable beds and reasonable rates.
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Most Americans aren't looking for much when sleeping away from home: cleanliness, a comfortable bed and a few amenities to make them feel pampered.
But, unfortunately, a handful of hotel chains have a tough time satisfying even the simplest requests. Two surveys have recently come out about the quality of stays in America's hotels -- one in the July issue of Consumer Reports and the other from J.D. Power & Associates -- and many national chains fell well below par.
At some locations, guests have reported finding cockroaches and bedbugs, stains on the sheets and odors they couldn't identify.
Though both surveys found that, overall, customers have become happier with their hotel experience in recent years -- likely due to the fact that many chains have updated their rooms, added pools and included more services like breakfast options, laundry facilities and workout rooms -- many chains nevertheless failed to improve customer satisfaction.
In the Consumer Reports survey, one-fourth of respondents had at least one complaint, the most common being uncomfortable beds, noise, unsatisfactory heating or air conditioning and décor.
The cost of a hotel stay has also risen in recent years. One night's stay was expected to increase to an average of $107 this summer, up 5% from last year and close to the peak of $108 in 2008. Despite rising prices, a few hotels have maintained value with customer satisfaction. Microtel Inn & Suites, for example, received top scores in the Consumer Reports survey and also scored well in the J.D. Power survey.
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