I don’t travel too often, so I don’t always have a need to stay at a hotel. When I do travel it’s mostly for blog related things such as special events or press junkets.
I have stayed at wonderful hotels and at hotels that I really wish I never set foot in.
I normally stay in standard hotel rooms. Many rooms I have been in come with in-room coffee brewers. Almost all of them are some generic, no-name brewer that uses round “discs” that look like they are made out of coffee filters with coffee inside. The coffee never turns out good. Its either too strong or too weak. It’s next to impossible to brew a decent cup.
I like having an in-room brewer because I don’t always have to time to call room service. I also only need one cup in the morning to get me going and I’d hate to call room service for just one cup of coffee. I also would rather not have the hotel send me an entire pot of coffee because most of it will only go to waste.
I have a Keurig brewer. I use it every morning, 365 days a year unless I am not home or not feeling well. Too bad I couldn’t tuck my Keurig brewer into my luggage and take it with me when I travel.
Now you CAN take your Keurig with you when you travel – sort of.
Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) have teamed up to help guests “Brew a Better Stay”. Now guests at Hilton Garden Inn’s 73,000 guest rooms both in the United States and in Canada) will be able to brew their favorite coffee using the Keurig K120 single cup brew system.
“Hilton Garden Inn believes that travel, whether for business or pleasure, should be an enjoyable experience – that’s why we’re constantly looking for ways to enhance our guestrooms, making them comfortable, convenient, and welcoming,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. “We heard from our guests that being able to easily make the perfect cup of coffee in their room was an important part of their morning routine to start a productive day, so partnering with GMCR to bring its Keurig single cup brewers to our guestrooms was the perfect solution.”
Carbonview Research Inc. did a survey of 500 high-frequency travelers and found that among amenities offered at hotels, in-room coffee is second importance with the first being WiFi. I would have to agree with these findings. Next to WiFi I NEED good in-room coffee.
In addition it was found that 78% of guests said that in-room coffee was important and single serve coffee is guest’s #1 coffee preference. I would agree with this too. It’s much better to brew just a single cup than an entire pot of coffee.
Not only will each guest room have a Keurig single cup brewer but you’ll also find FOUR complimentary Keurig® K-Cup® packs.
In the U.S., guestrooms will include two Diedrichs® Regular Coffee, one Diedrichs Decaffeinated Coffee and one Bigelow® Black Tea K-Cup® packs.
In Quebec, guestrooms will include two Van Houtte® Colombian Dark Coffee, one Van Houtte Decaffeinated Coffee and one Bigelow Black Tea K-Cup® packs.
In the greater Canada area, guestrooms will include two Timothy’s® Rainforest Alliance Extra Bold Coffee, one Timothy’s Rainforest Alliance Extra Bold Decaffeinated Coffee and one Bigelow Black Tea K-Cup® packs.
If you find that you need additional coffee you can purchase specialty beverages at Hilton Garden Inn’s 24 hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart, located in the lobby area. There guests will be able to purchase eight Keurig Brewed® K-Cup® pack varieties, including Starbucks®, Green Mountain Coffee®, Bigelow® Black Tea and Café Escapes® hot cocoa.
When I travel for blogging related stuff I am usually at the mercy of the company who booked the trip. I don’t have a choice of what hotels I stay at. I can only hope that more hotels see the value of offering their guests a single serve Keurig machine for in-room coffee.
When I travel for personal reasons I am going to make sure to book at stay at a Hilton Garden Inn because they offer single serve Keurig brewers and coffee in each room.
If would like to learn more about Hilton Garden Inn or to find a location visit www.HGI.com.
For more information about Keurig visit www.Keurig.com.
You can follow the conversation on the various social media sites using the hashtag #KeurigatHGI.
What do you think about this news? Would you be more willing to stay at a Hilton Garden Inn because they offer Keurig brewers for in-room coffee? Do you like the idea of having a Keurig brewer in the room rather than one of those generic brewers or having to order room service for a single cup of coffee?
*I will be receiving complimentary hotel stay passes in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.