Haven’t planned a trip in a while? You aren’t alone. Americans haven’t taken a proper spring break trip in nearly three years, although studies show they’re eager to travel again in 2022, and in that time, the travel landscape has changed and travelers’ preferences along with it. That’s why Hotels.com analyzed searches on its site and mobile app from the past three years to identify the most in-demand and out of touch amenities so far in 2022.

“The pandemic impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, including how we search for our next hotel stay,” said Mel Dohmen, senior brand manager at Hotels.com. “The amenities we love and are looking for in 2022 reflect everything we’ve felt and experienced over the past few years. From hotels that helped us relax and take the edge off to those that complemented new hobbies like cooking and skiing, there’s a lot to learn about where travelers are going this year based on how they search for the perfect hotel stay.”

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Key findings from the 2022 Hotels.com Amenity Report include:


Stressed much? Searches for bathtubs surge

Call it a cry for help or just good old-fashioned self-care, but bathtubs were the most-searched hotel amenity during the peak of the pandemic. Searches so far this year are up 25% compared with 2019 and interest in spas have grown, too (+35%).

Sit back and soak at these top-rated hotels:

Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas, Nevada

Hotel Contessa River Walk in San Antonio, Texas

Hyatt Regency Downtown in Tulsa, Oklahoma

New hobby alert: We ski now

The pandemic forced everyone to get in touch with their outdoorsy side, so it’s not all that surprising that searches for ski-in/ski-out hotels are at peak levels, up 50% since 2019. Interest in properties with ski shuttles and storage are also up 20%.

Après ski all day at these top properties:

Aspen Mountain Lodge in Aspen, Colorado

Parkside Inn at Incline in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia

Cooking at home and the hotel

From baking bread to trying out that crazy TikTok pasta, kitchens were all the craze as the second most sought-after amenity in 2021. The trend is continuing with kitchen searches increasing 15% year-over-year.

Get cooking on that next trip at these hotels:

Clementine Hotel & Suites in Anaheim, California

Floridays Resort in Orlando, Florida

Homewood Suites by Hilton in Williamsburg, Virginia


No Wi-Fi, no problem
Zoom meetings and doom scrolling aren’t on the itinerary this year as searches for properties with free Wi-Fi are plummeting, down 50% since pre-pandemic.

Keep it IRL at these off-the-grid hotels:

Allegheny Springs by Casago in Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia

The Chisos Suite in Terlingua, Texas

We have no business here

Travelers are tired of work from home and turns out they really don’t want to work from anywhere else, either. Searches for properties with business facilities are down 40% compared with 2019.

Properties with amenities that prioritize time off the clock:

The Tavern Hotel in Cottonwood, Arizona

Channel Road Inn in Santa Monica, California


Dude, where’s my car

Don’t retire that road trip playlist just yet. Searches for properties with free parking are up 70% this year as travelers continue to favor destinations within driving distance.

Properties where the parking spot is guaranteed (and free):

Sonder Hotel Gravier in New Orleans, Louisiana

Ohio House Motel in Chicago, Illinois

Residence Inn by Marriott in Atlanta, Georgia

For those who can’t stand another 10-hour drive, you aren’t alone. Searches for properties with free airport transfers are up a whopping 105% so far this year.

We’re **finally** taking a family vacation

Families have desperately missed out on quality vacation time together and it shows. Searches for properties with cribs (+65%), childcare (+45%) and connecting rooms (+20%) have increased double digits.

Parents love these kid-friendly properties:

Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Henderson, Nevada

The Hotel at Midtown in Chicago, Illinois

Holiday Inn Express in Virginia Beach, Virginia

And let’s not forget the fur children, too. Interest in pet-friendly stays is up 35% in 2022.

Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California

Working out while on vacation

Working out really wasn’t a top priority during the pandemic. Searches for gyms were down 30% or more last year compared with 2019. However, in 2022 travelers are getting back into their wellness routine and year-over-year searches for gyms have increased 65%.

Hotels with top-notch gyms and wellness offerings:

The Perry Hotel in Key West, Florida

Homewood Suites French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana

Viva Wyndham Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Breakfast is back

Free breakfast has been the top amenity since pretty much the beginning of time. But the pandemic knocked this fan favorite down a few pegs as hotels traded hot buffets for pre-packaged grab-and-go items. This year, breakfast is back and searches are up 75%.

Wake up to waffle makers and breakfast buffets at these hotels:

Aloft at the Domain in Austin, Texas

Embassy Suites in Napa Valley, California

Tru by Hilton Downtown in Denver, Colorado


Ahead of spring break, Hotels.com also explored top-searched travel destinations and amenities to see how each of the 50 states and D.C. find the perfect stay. Top regional trends include:

Star Ratings: Northeasterners prefer 4-star properties with free parking. While Southerners are okay with 2.5-star stays, so long as they come with free breakfast.

Amenities: Arizonans and Californians look for pet-friendly properties, while travelers in MarylandLouisiana and Ohio just want to soak in a bathtub.

Destinations: Midwesterners prefer midsize cities like Omaha and Oklahoma City to metropolitan areas. And residents in Southwest states (ArizonaNevada) are most likely to choose California.