No matter where we are or what we do, there is always that one instance where one would require to stay in a hotel. It may be for a business convention or a vacation.
Let’s face it, no two hotels, sadly, are the same even if they are run by the same hotel group of companies.
Are you planning to take a trip and book into a hotel during your stay? Here are 5 useful tips to help you enjoy your hotel stay:
Research and Booking
Take the time to research about hotel accommodations that would meet your requirements. Ask yourself questions like:
Is it within your budget range?
What types of facilities are you hoping to take advantage of while booked?
Can they accommodate the number of persons in your party? If you are traveling with kids – can they keep the kids entertained?
What sort of reviews have they been getting from their guests?
Once all of these questions have been answered and you have identified the hotel, make a direct booking with the hotel. More often than not, direct bookings can provide you with better rates and packages.
Booking Confirmation Follow-Up
If you made any requests at the time of booking, call the hotel’s front desk to confirm that your request will be met before the check-in date. You can also send them an email if you prefer the confirmation to be in writing.
Doing a follow-up booking confirmation will help you avoid any last-minute issues. The last thing you’d want is to arrive at the hotel only to find out from the front desk that they didn’t expect you to arrive until the day after.
Inspect Before You Unpack
Once you are checked in, inspect the room for cleanliness and that everything is in working order before you begin unpacking. If you find anything that doesn’t pass your inspection, immediately call the hotel’s front desk to have the matter resolved.
Treat Everyone with Kindness
As a child, we were constantly reminded that kindness goes a long way. This holds true with the way you treat the hotel staff. You’ll see that they are more accommodating and helpful to guests who treat them as an equal.
Pre-Check Out Preparedness
Have everything packed and ready to go at least the night before you will be checking out of the hotel. Only leave out the essentials that you’ll be needing at least 1-2 hours before you check out but keep them in just one area. This can help prevent leaving behind important stuff.
If possible, ask the front desk for a copy of your hotel bill so everything goes smoothly upon check-out. Do a final sweep of your room before leaving to be sure that you didn’t leave any of your things behind.
Overall, staying in a hotel during your travels can be a wonderful experience. You just need to know how to maximize the potential.