13 Things You Should Know About Staying In Hotels!

Last Updated on October 21, 2020

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Booking a hotel is one of the toughest choices when you book a trip. You will look into every hotel offer in the market until you choose the one that suits you properly. However, we have some hotel tips to offer you, based on the expertise of the hotel staff and the people who work in the industry that might improve your stay.

1. Always Be Nice To Hotel Staff

Being nice doesn’t really cost anything, so it is something you should do without expecting anything in return. However, and even though the hotel booking sites make most of the work nowadays, the hotel room upgrades still have a human hand managing them. Showing a friendly face to the hotel concierge and being nice to staff in general can get you rewards if you ever come back to the same place.

2. If You Want To Request Any Extras, Do It Politely

Politeness is key when staying in hotels. The hotel staff will have no reservations when it comes to providing you with extra hotel items, like a microwave, a mini-fridge or a DVD player, for example – and you won’t even need to pay a charge most of the times, as long as you ask politely for the stuff you need.

3. Be A One-Hotel-Chain Kind Of Person

Hotel hacks – stay in the same chain every single time you travel and be loyal to that hotel chain. As a result, you will escalate on your status level as a customer, and this achievement can get you some sweet privileges, like happy hour drinks, and even a private check-in with free breakfast included.

4. Handle Hotel Comforters Carefully

Some cheap hotel rooms won’t change the bedspreads between guests, and this can be a little gross. If you are not sure they have been changed, toss the comforter away, wash your hands and call room service to ask (politely, of course) for a replacement. It is always important that your safety comes first.

5. Be Sure To Wash Your Hands After Using The Hotel Remote Control

You don’t know who was there before you, you don’t know if it has been disinfected, but truth is, shared places are a nest for all kinds of bacteria.

And our hands are the greatest carriers of bacteria of all time, so you either clean the remote control with a disinfectant wipe before using it, or you clean your hands after using it.

6. If You Have Any Questions, Ask The Concierge

The hotel concierge is the most informed person of the hotel – they serve as the ears and the eyes of the community, and they are highly trained to offer a satisfactory answer to your every question. If you need local intel, the concierge is the person you should ask anything.

7. Don’t Leave Everything To The Last Minute

This is pretty much common sense, but if you have any preferences or if you have some special requests, like hotel bedding that is suitable for allergic people, for example, you shouldn’t leave those details for when you are checking in. Instead, you should call ahead and give the hotel staff time to prepare your room the way you want it/need it.

8. Be Careful With Third-Party Sites

If you intend to book your room using a sell-off site, like Hotwire or Expedia, there is a chance you will get a cheaper room, but you will also get exactly what you paid for. Great view? Forget it. You will probably get a lower room floor that is anything but the room of your dreams. If you are picky about that, you should pay attention.

9. Late Booking Can Get You A Great Deal

This is the sort of thing that won’t happen every time, but if you get lucky, making the same-day reservation can get you some awesome deals.

You can use the website Hoteltonight.com or you can be more classical and simply call the front desk. If they aren’t fully booked, there is a chance you will get a discount.

10. Leave A Generous Tip

Leaving a tip behind is common courtesy, but if this is a hotel you intend to stay in again, it is also a great way to express your gratitude and to make sure that your service will be as good or even better when you come back. The experts have spoken, and they say you should leave behind to reward your concierge for their exquisite service; housekeepers should receive to every day; you should give valets or for getting your car, and as far as bellhops are concerned, should be the amount you give them for each bag.

11. The Best Things Can Sometimes Be Hidden

If you stay at a hotel and you really enjoyed the place and the service, you should ask about the recontact lists before you get ready to live. Some hotels will put their guests on a special patron list and they will send them special offers via e-mail. Plus, some hotels will offer occasional discounts to guests who offer to fill out their hotel surveys, or for the ones who post reviews on websites like Tripadvisor.

12. The Star-Ratings Can Lie

The system used to rate hotels with little stars is not the same in every country, so you will have to adjust your perception if you want to be able to rely on those rates.

For example, some hotels earn one star for the simple fact that they change the sheets once every week, and the rating in Italy can go up to five stars simply because the hotel has a reception desk that is open 24/7, receptionists who speak at least three different languages and rooms that are at least 16 square meters.

13. Do Not Steal From The Hotel

Some people incorporate a kleptomaniac the minute they walk into a hotel room, but you should know that nowadays the majority of the hotels have started to include chips that allow them to detect stolen items based on radiofrequency. And also, let’s be honest, do you really need that rope?

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