It’s always worth asking for a hotel upgrade. If you feel shy about asking at the front desk or calling the hotel ahead of time, a simple email to the right person can do the trick.
Staying in a hotel comes with its own array of fees, some of which are tacked on with no thought to whether or not you’re actually using the services being charged. Ask the front desk a couple of questions as soon as you check in to make sure you’re not charged for services you won’t use, such as an in-room safe or hotel parking.
I’ve worked in hotels for more than a decade. I’ve checked you in, checked you out, oriented you to the property, served you a drink, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&M’s out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes and taken your money.
Most hotels will charge you a fee if you cancel your room booking less than 24 hours before you’re supposed to check in. Ideally, that shouldn’t be a problem — if you’re not going to make a trip or holiday, you’ll usually know it ahead of time. However, if your flight is cancelled, re-routed or there’s another emergency, Redditor drwired has the solution: don’t cancel the room, push your arrival time out by a few days, and then cancel it, once you’re safely more than 24 hours from your check-in date.
When you’re planning a hotel stay for a monumental occasion, like a birthday or honeymoon, hotel office manager Trang Phan suggests it’s good to let the hotel know so they can deliver a special treat before you arrive.
You don’t have to book a bargain-basement hotel when you head out of the house for a holiday. New web app Rentmix makes it easy to find available rentals in the area you’re visiting so you can book ahead of time.
There’s no shortage of sites to help you find hotel rooms or serviced apartments, but if you want to safely rent a private house or apartment for a short-term stay, the options are more limited. Roomorama offers global listings of properties available for rent, giving you the option of a more individual and potentially cheaper experience.