We're bloggers. That means we carry our laptops with us when we travel.
The internet access at hotels has been generally improving. It's usually free, now - a change from even just a year ago. The hotels are also doing better with the hardware (plugs and ethernet cable connections) than they used to.
But no mouse pads.
My wife and I stayed at a Westin in Chicago two weeks ago. As you'd expect of a Westin - a hotel that caters to the business traveller who, in turn, is probably using other people's money (i.e. his/her employer's), they charged us for internet access, but they did provide us with a mouse pad. It wasn't just any old mouse pad. It was a round mouse pad. It was about 8 inches in diameter and was plenty big enough. I was afraid that I might miss the corners of a typical rectangular pad, but I didn't miss it in the least.
But I'd rather have internet access at no extra charge than a mouse pad. You see, I always bring a handy dandy fake leather portfolio - nothing but the best - and an optical mouse with me when I'm on the road.
Mouse pad? I don't need no stinkin' mouse pad. Even though I happily used that pad the Westin provided, I can blog without a mouse pad. But I can't blog without an internet connection.
Anyways, my guess as to why they don't provide mouse pads: with optical mice, substitutes that can easily function as mouse pads, and the fact that mouse pads are easy to carry, hotel-provided pads are unnecessary.