Insider Tips on How to Have the Best Hotel Stay
Staying in a hotel is usually a pampered experience. However, when traveling for business (or even leisure), your stay can turn into a disaster if you don’t know what to ask for. For example, if you don’t have a room request, you might be put in a room with a connecting door (as opposed to a fully sealed wall)… near the ice room and elevator… on the first floor. In order to avoid these possible scenarios, and to have the most incredible hotel stay possible, try these insider tricks. We promise you’ll never have a bad hotel experience again.
Nothing can ruin a hotel stay more than a poor night’s sleep. When you first get to your room, make sure the alarm clock is off. You don’t want to be startled by the former guest’s 3 a.m. alarm if you don’t need to be. If you do have to wake up early, we recommend setting the alarm and calling concierge to schedule a wake-up call.
Please don’t trust the glasses left in your room. Unlike the mugs and dishware delivered through room service, the glasses left in your room have not been through the food and beverage side of hotel operation. They’ve likely only been wiped “clean” by housekeeping. And since we’re on the subject of what to skip, pass on the coffeemaker as well. You don’t know what past hotel guests have put in there. It’s much better to treat yourself to a fresh pot from room service.
One of the best perks of staying at a hotel, especially when you are checked in for a business trip, is that when you have to wake up before dawn for a meeting or conference, you can awaken to a hospitality professional bearing a pot of hot coffee and whatever well-balanced meal you ordered the night before on your breakfast card. Take advantage of this exceptional perk.
The hotel industry is one of the most customer-centric in the world. It responds to criticism and, in fact, tries its hardest to please its most particular customers. If something is wrong or just not your taste, let an employee know about it. There is no reason to suffer in silence or be a loudmouth about your hotel on Twitter (unless you’re being positive).
It’s imperative that you tip the housekeeper. Housekeeping is one of the hardest and lowest-paying jobs in a hotel, and to quote Inc., “the tip you leave her is a true measure of your character.” Be generous and show your housekeeper some gratitude. Also, it’s always good to tip your valet, bellman, and anyone else who helps you at the hotel. Not only is it a positive reflection of your character, but also, you’ll likely receive better service throughout your stay.
To read more insider tips on how to have the best hotel stay, visit Inc.
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