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Four tips for real deals when at a hotel
The same way as a fast food restaurant will do a special order without advertising the service, so too do hotels often have special amenities that they do not readily promote. Why? They are in the business of making money, and they also like to sell their services in the easiest way possible. Here are four tips that can either save money or up-grade the travel experience.
1) Where is the Room? – One basically wants a hotel room for one purpose: a convenient, comfortable place to sleep. Being next to the ice machine, elevator, or hallway doors can lead to a disrupted sleep. A guest has every right to ask to be kept as far away from these noisy places as possible. And a bonus tip: the largest and quietest rooms in a hotel are usually in the corners. Ask if one is available.
2) Breakfast – If a hotel offers a price-included continental breakfast as well as a hot breakfast, ask if it is possible to get the hot breakfast included with the price of the room. Often, the answer is yes. The hotel has to put out a set amount of eggs, bacon, etc. anyway, so there is no real additional cost for it to accommodate a guest’s request.
3) What Discounts are Available? – Besides always asking for the best possible rate, are there affiliated discounts? Often nearby restaurants, gyms, clubs and amusement parks will offer substantial discounts upon display of a guest’s room key. Ask at the front desk what the hotel has to offer.
4) The Best Rate – The rate a guest is quoted upon making a reservation days, weeks or months in advance is the rate predicted for the travel dates. Quite often that rate has gone down by the time of check-in. Upon arrival, ask what ‘today’s rate’ is for the type of room reserved (e.g. A non-smoking Queen bed room).
It is these sorts of little tips that can make travel a much more pleasant and cost-effective experience. Happy trails!