Staying in a hotel can be such an enjoyable experience. But your excitement about your trip can quickly sour if you are stuck with a substandard room. So doing research to find the right and suitable vacation rentals or hotel can make or break your trip.. The tips below can help you easily find a great hotel, along with saving to make you even happier.
Prior to choosing and reserving a hotel room, check review sites online like TripAdvisor or Expedia. This lets you know what others’ experiences have been like. What patrons have to say about the hotels you are considering can help you make the best decision about where to stay.
Get room service if you don’t want to leave. It may cost more, but it’s convenient when you don’t feel like leaving.
Use sensible safety and security precautions when you stay at a hotel. Find out where all the fire exits are in case of an emergency. Also, note where the nearby fire extinguishers are located. If you have any valuables, keep them in the safe at the desk or in the room.
Look for a closet safe in your hotel room, and use it for any expensive electronics you may have brought with you. Putting your valuable jewelry and electronic items in the hotel safe allows you to feel secure as you enjoy your vacation.
When traveling with children, be sure the hotels you choose offer features the kids will enjoy. A playground on site is very helpful. A pool with plenty of shallow area and/or a kiddie pool will provide great play time. Also check to see if the hotel you are interested in offers a child care service.
If you are interested in “going green” when traveling, try going to a “green” hotel. Start by looking for these hotels online. There are several organizations that let you search for these hotels easily like Green Hotels Association and Green Globe. They will have a comprehensive list of green hotels in different locations.
Upon arriving at your hotel, check your room before you unpack. Is the room clean? Do you see any mold or mildew? Do the sink, shower, and toilet all work properly? Count how many linens and towels you were given and make sure there are enough for everyone traveling with you. If you spot any problems, make the front desk aware immediately so they can take care of it or move you to a room that meets your needs.
Do not assume all hotels allow pets. Some hotels allow pets of any size, some have certain restrictions, and some do not allow pets at all. If you have a pet and book a room at a hotel that has a no pet policy, you will not be allowed to stay there with your furry friend.
Never use the hotel phone for long distance calls. Utilize the Internet, instead. Many hotels will give you complimentary Skype connections on their Wi-Fi. You can stay connected with friends, family and business colleagues this way, rather than making expensive long distance calls.
If you are traveling with children, make sure you tell the front desk about your needs when you call to make a reservation. For example, do you need a pack and play? Make that known before you show up at the hotel. Also, ask if there is space in the room to set up a crib. You may need to ask for a larger room so that your entire family can be comfortable.
If you have a little one with you, remember that hotel rooms aren’t usually set up for babies. Don’t forget to pack a few things so that you can baby proof the space. For example, an outlet cover is small but it plays a big role in keeping your child safe.
If your hotel offers a kid’s club, and you are considering leaving your child there, take a few precautions. Find out if the staff has undergone background checks and ask about the child to adult ratio. In addition, ask what the procedure is for picking up the child. You want to make sure that someone can’t just walk up and leave with your little one.
Part of staying in a hotel is the relaxing and comfortable feel to your hotel room. You want it to be enjoyable and inviting. So remember all that you learned above when booking your next hotel room. Doing a bit of research and planning beforehand will help you stay more enjoyable and satisfying.