I absolutely refuse to drink the utter nastiness that the in-room coffee represents, and that's coming from someone that spent 11 years of a 20-year Navy career at sea. Trust me, I know what bad coffee is. I have found in a couple Courtyards—CY San Diego Liberty Station comes to mind—an absolutely wonderful alternative to the Playskool coffeemakers stocked with ten-year old coffee. There are hotel-service design Keurig (K Cup) machines that, with decent water, make a drinkable cuppa joe. There was a small selection of coffee & tea in the room, but the beauty of it is, I can bring cups from home, or I can simply go to the nearest BB&B, Sears, Target, or Wally World and get a box of my preferred brew for use in the hotel. Also, with the selection of teas & hot chocolate available in K Cups now, everyone can have their favorite. Even Starbuck's has most of their coffees in K Cups now (or Dunkin Donuts, if you prefer). The CL could even keep a small variety for us to take back to the room.
So, Insiders, is this one of those things that would make you a happier camper?
War, story: National Military Command Center, Pentagon, Washington DC, 1970--the coffee mess was controlled by the senior NCO's and since we were a 24/7 operation, the coffee was always on, as were we! Many times it went through the Bunn Coffee maker three times with a new scoop or two of fresh PX coffee added, and then from time to time something that looked like sawdust! Anyway, in those pre-Latte, Machiatto, half caff days, it made us Alert in what was euphemistically called the "Alert Center." Notice the Red Phone? I have a tale to tell about that one, but this is after all, a travel site so....
Sorry to digress, Kernitzki. K cups sound great, but the bottom line for me is that, so long as I can have it in my room while I am performing my morning rituals which serve to deem my appearance tolerable to the public eye, any coffee will just about do for me. (I have even been known to pack a 4 cup coffee maker in my luggage on trips to Europe and other très étranges places that have the audacity to omit in-room coffee. In room coffee is that important to me!)