The U.S. has thousands of hotels that range in prices, sizes, and features. A nice hotel makes your trip that much better but a bad hotel can quickly ruin any trip. Read this article to find the perfect hotel.
Be sure to read online review websites prior to booking a hotel. These reviews can give you a customer’s perspective of the hotel you are planning on staying at. Patron reviews can give you valuable information that will help you make a good choice.
When booking a hotel, you need to establish what you need and what you would ideally like from your stay. The cost is important but hardly the only factor to keep in mind. A gym, pool, free breakfast, free wireless Internet, free local calls, and all kinds of other things may be important. Ensure the hotel you are planning on staying at has the amenities you desire.
Be sure you inspect the room you are given at check in before you start unpacking. Is the room clean? Do you see any mold or mildew? Do the sink, shower, and toilet all work properly? Have the staff provided all the necessary soap, shampoo, towels, etc. that you will be needing? If you find obvious problems, notify the front desk right away so the hotel can correct the problems or they can assign a different room.
Be aware in advance of the check-in time. If you don’t know when you can check in, you may find your room is not ready when you arrive at your hotel. Therefore, if you anticipate arriving early, call the hotel in advance and see if it is possible to check in early.
Do not assume that each hotel welcomes pets. You should call ahead to double check, even if it was stated on the website that this is a pet friendly hotel. Also, find out if there are any size or breed restrictions.
If you’re interested in the massage services of a hotel you intend to stay at, reserve your appointment ahead of time. The best practitioners go fast, so make your reservation early and book by name where possible.
If you belong to AAA, see what kinds of discounts the hotel offers. You would be surprised where hidden discounts may be lurking. You may be able to save upwards of five percent at hotels nationwide. The more nights you stay, the more you will save.
Do you travel a lot? Consider using a hotel loyalty program. They provide benefits to anyone who stays at a hotel chain frequently. You might receive an upgrade at no cost or be allowed to check out later than others with your points.
If you stay at the same chain of hotels often, look into their membership programs for frequent guests. Many hotels offer membership programs that allow you to earn points for each of your stays. You can accumulate points that you can redeem for free hotel stays, discounts at restaurants, and all types of entertainment.
Going green is a growing trend so it is no surprise that hotels are going green as well. Luckily, many hotels are around these days for you to choose from. Some of the newer hotels are built in a way that they get certified green. Older hotels can go green by making environmentally friendly choices in energy use. Check online or ask a travel agent for help.
In order to avoid any surprise charges, inquire about hotel transfers prior to booking. In many situations in which the room’s price is a great deal, the undisclosed price of your transfer can frequently eat up the savings. Ask about this beforehand to save more.
Find out if the hotel you want is smoking or non-smoking. If you are a non-smoker, then you should probably stay away from hotels that allow smoking. However, even with non-smoking rooms, there’s no telling if the guy next door is smoking. Sometimes, smokers rent non-smoking rooms because that is all that is available, and then they smoke in them anyway. Choose a non-smoking hotel to a smoke smell on your clothes.
Do you smoke? If so, it is important that you are aware of a hotel’s smoking policy in advance. There are sometimes rooms designated for people who smoke. Therefore, if you are a smoker, always ask for a room that allows smoking. Some hotels will levy a large fine if they can determine that you smoked in a room where smoking was not allowed, so make sure you understand and follow the hotel’s smoking policy.
If you will be needing a rollaway or a crib, alert the hotel to this fact when making your reservation. They may not have any available. Certain hotels will even charge a fee for these things. Talk about these issues as you reserve your room.
It you’re able to, try not to check out until it’s time for you to depart. Some hotels charge a fee for early departure. Upon reserving a hotel room, you tie up that room in the hotel. This means that your early departure results in the hotel losing money. Make sure you understand that you might be charged for an early departure.
You probably should avoid using the hotel’s bedspread for hygienic reasons. The bedspread is one item that does not usually get washed between bookings. That can make it rife with germs and bacteria and who knows what. Take the bedspread off of the bed.
Don’t let a hotel take advantage of you. Occasionally a hotel will be overbooked, and the room you reserved will not be available. That means the hotel will send you to another establishment, or “walk” you. Try to avoid this scenario if you can, but if it becomes necessary to secure alternate accommodations, be sure that the room is at least comparable to the one at the hotel you booked, and get compensation for your travel expenses.
People are often stuck with a less than ideal hotel because they did not do their research first. This approach may backfire. You sure don’t want to sleep in a bad hotel room, so keep reading to find out about getting a good one.