by Loren G. Edelstein | September 01, 2014

Social lobbies and wellness offerings are hot trends in the hotel industry, but do these features matter to meeting professionals? Survey says...yes! Among the 231 respondents to M&C's recent poll, 71 percent also favor properties with free, casual meeting spaces. For comments, including top pet peeves about hotel rooms, go to mcmag.com/research.


















What is your preference regarding minibars?

59% Empty mini fridge for guests' use
    
35% Lightly stocked with space to add items

4% Fully stocked, traditional minibar

2% No minibar or refrigerator



How do you feel about a recent promotion that lets guests consume the entire contents of the minibar for an extra $30 per night?

13% Love it!
    
34% Fun idea, but...

53% Recipe for disaster



Which of the following would make you more likely to select a hotel for your group?

71% Casual meeting spaces available free
    
65% Inviting social lobby atmosphere

52% Appealing grab-and-go F&B options

21% Casual meeting spaces for a modest fee



















Which of the following would you like to see become standard in hotel guest rooms?

54% Air-purification systems

51% Blackout shades

40% In-room workout area/equipment

37% Furniture that can be easily rearranged

30% Sound machines

16% Standing workstations

12% Vitamin-infused showers

9% Changeable color lighting

8% None of the above

17% Other*


*For verbatim comments, including planners' biggest pet peeves about hotel rooms, go to mcmag.com/research
Source: M&C Research survey of 231 meeting professionals   




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