Do you want to know how to get the most out of your next hotel stay experience?
I am what my sister would call a maximizer. That means I always want the best bang for my buck and the best experience for my time and effort. Basically, I am always trying to get the most out of every situation. This includes staying at hotels. The more you travel, the more tips you learn along the way. Some you learn the hard way from personal experience. Other’s you learn from those who have gone before you. Here are 6 of my favorite:
1- Don’t get caught up in how many stars the Hotel has.
It is really easy to think that just because a hotel has more stars in their rating that they are a better hotel with better quality service. While this is sometimes true it isn’t always. Honestly, there are a lot of factors that go into how many stars a hotel has. Mostly, it is all about how many amenities a hotel offers. Just because a hotel has more amenities, doesn’t mean that the hotel offers the best quality of service.
2- Check the reviews for the hotel you are looking at staying at.
Every hotel can look great online, but if you want to know the real deal on a hotel just look at the reviews. Through the reviews, you can find out about the quality of the customer service, cleanliness, location, amenities etc. Likewise, make sure you return the favor and take the time to give a review after any of your hotel stays to help other who looking into the hotel for their future visit.
3- Call the hotel directly before booking.
When calling the hotel, make sure to call the hotel directly not just the general 800 reservation number. By calling the hotel directly you have a better opportunity to negotiate pricing. When you do, ask about any current deals (the great deals you found online might not be the best.) You would be surprised at how often the hotel can negotiate their price. This is especially true for boutique hotels.
4- When you check-in ask if there are any FREE upgrades available.
Never be afraid of asking for any free upgrades when checking in to your hotel. You would be surprised at how often the answer is yes! (However, if you are going to ask, you might want to make sure that there aren’t a lot of people around when you do so.) Another option if you want a room upgrade is to ask for a corner room since corner rooms by necessity are larger.
5- Ask for clean bedding.
While all hotels wash and change out their sheets each day, they often don’t wash their comforters more than once a week unless there is a visible stain. By requesting clean bedding at check in you make sure that you get to sleep in totally clean and fresh bedding from sheets to blankets to pillow cases. Thus improving the quality of your sleeping arrangements.
6- Stay at the same Hotel if traveling to a repeated destination.
If you are going to be visiting the same destination on a regular or semi-regular basis, then you might want to try staying at the same hotel. Why? Because then you become familiar with the Hotel and staff. Building a good relationship with the staff can make a difference in your comfort and treatment at the hotel. Great ways to build a good relationship would be to be friendly, acknowledging of services, and of course tip!
The biggest thing is to not be afraid to open your mouth. If you have questions ask. If there is something wrong or unsatisfactory with your stay (like a discrepancy on your bill) don’t be afraid to bring it up with the front desk. If you are having a wonderful visit make sure to pass it along. Communication is probably the most important part of getting the most out of your stay. When you do open your mouth just make sure you are kind, courteous and concise. Speaking from the Customer Care side of things that really helps.
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