Is This The Worst In-Room Coffee Ever?

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So traveling for work takes me to Ohio this week.  I allowed my co-worker to pick the hotel. It’s under renovation, so I’m like, okay, it’s just a ‘work in progress’. I go into the bathroom, turn on the light, and much to my horror I see this mess…


My coffee doesn’t need to have five adjectives (Starbucks, I am talking about you), I’m not much of one for ‘hotel shaming’ but come on (Holiday Inn).  Let me get this straight … I am supposed to fill the glass carafe with water from the bathroom sink, make the pot of coffee, pour it into the little paper cup, flavor it with powered Non Dairy Creamer and a pink packet of Sugar Substitute?

Bottom Line

Do you ever brew the hotel coffee in your room or do you usually just head downstairs and get the coffee there?

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  1. That’s disgusting coffee and embarrassing that the hotel would waste money in such a poor “food” product as an amenity. Lame on you Holiday Inn. I hope that was a $50 rate.

  2. Wow – that is exactly what Courtyard provided for years. I hope you never go to the UK or Australia – the in room coffee options there are typically little packages of instant coffee. Oh, the horror!!!

    I have been known to brew coffee in the room, especially when crossing time zones. And I have survived enough Courtyards to be lifetime Platinum Elite – somehow I’m sure you will as well. If you want Nespresso, stay at a Hyatt next time.

  3. I mostly travel in the UK and Europe, so there’s usually a kettle instead of a coffee maker and single shot packets of instant coffee and UHT milk (or all that and a nespresso machine) and I use the coffee facilities all the time.

    Though I sometimes opt for my own Starbucks VIA packets for when I go to hotels that have vile instant coffee.

  4. Yeah, life is tough. Try many hotels in China with the ubiquitous “Nescafe 2+1” coffee packets. I do not know whether the “2+1” is “2 cream + 1 sugar” or “2 sugar and 1 cream”. Vile stuff.

    Of course, you can get decent coffee in many of the US chain hotels’ restaurants. But it will cost. If you are in an area with no US chain, you are SOL.

    Or you can go to a local supermarket and pay like $10 for a 200 g jar of plain instant Nescafe. If you can find it.

  5. Coffee in the room is very important to me. I want it first thing, without having to go down to the lobby or restaurant. Of course a nespresso or k-cup machine is preferable, but this is an acceptable option. I recently stayed at a Marriott (not a Courtyard, but a regular Marriott), and the single cup coffeemaker was also in the bathroom (better brand of coffee, but still paper cups). Fine for the first one or two cups before getting ready to go to breakfast.

  6. Even when it’s STARBUCKS I can’t ofter get a decent cup made in a hotel room. I now travel with packs of their VIA coffees. I either just run the water through an empty unit for hot water and make the VIA, or make a pot of their “house” brand but stir in a half sachet of VIA to each cup to make it taste half-decent. (I also snatch a couple of creamers from the airport lounge or restaurant to take back to the hotel room in place of that powdered white stuff.)
    At higher priced properties, capsule machines are making an appearance though often the capsules provided are not the heartiest of blends. (And one hopes to find real cream or milk and not dusty “creamers”.)

  7. The coffee maker in your hotel room is the dirtiest thing in the hotel. You would be shocked at what people use these for and do to them. So I guess I’m saying it doesn’t matter how good the coffee is in the room I would not drink from that machine.

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