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  • Hotel Tips

    When you go for a trip, the most important part of it is your stay in a hotel. If you go on a vacation for more than one day, you need a place for staying and you can find nothing other than a hotel. But to make your stay in a hotel to be a smooth one, you need to make quite a lot of efforts.

    Beginning, if you have booked the hotel online, just follow these steps to avoid problems and have a pleasant stay.

    • Print out your confirmation and receipt (if prepaid) and take these with you to your hotel.
    • At some point during your travels, you may need to prove that you made a reservation that somehow became "lost" in a computer system.
    • Soon after booking online, call your hotel or resort and confirm that it received your reservation and that all is well.
    • Give your hotel any special requests you may have, such as a nonsmoking room or king bed. You are never absolutely guaranteed these, but it helps to request (or reconfirm) these directly with your hotel in advance of arrival.
    • The more in advance you make these requests, the more likely they will be honored.

    • However, wait until check in to ask for any free upgrades. Ask the hotel for parking costs, if traveling to a large city. Parking rates can be astronomically high, and cheaper rates may be in unsafe areas.

    • The following hints may also enhance your hotel stay and travel experience.

      • Sign up for your hotel chains frequent guest program, especially if you are staying at a top rated hotel. You may get a free upgrade, express check out, and other perks.
      • Avoid checking in during the late evening. Hotels overbook, so you'll want to avoid this major hassle, especially late at night. Try to show up before everyone else has.
      • When checking in at better hotels, dress appropriately for your destination and age. You do not have to wear a business suit when arriving at a top hotel, but you should wear something more upscale than what you wore while camping or somewhere else.
      • Like it or not, hotel desk clerks and those who guard the doors of the best clubs and restaurants are more likely to do favors for you if they think that you belong.
      • If you have an airline frequent traveler credit card, use it when you check in. This tells the hotel that you probably travel frequently, and it would be wise to treat you well.
      • Especially when arriving at first-class and deluxe hotels, do not ask for free upgrades, unless you hold top status in the hotel's frequent guest program.
      • If you must travel with valuables, take advantage of hotel secure storage facilities, instead of less secure room safe. Bell captains at better hotels can put large items, such as laptops, in locked storage while you are away.

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