hotels

Do You Ever Use The Robes In Hotels?

One of the markers of a fancier hotel is the presence of robes for you to lounge around in (complete with label reminding you not to steal them). But how many people ever get around to taking them off the hanger and wearing them?


HotelQuickly Finds Last-Minute Hotel Deals At Your Location

Android/iOS/BlackBerry: Looking for a cheap hotel room for tonight? Mobile app HotelQuickly offers last-minute deals based on your current location.


What Can (And Can't) You Take From Hotel Rooms?

When you’re packing your bags and checking out of a hotel, you might be tempted to grab a few extra soaps, a notepad, or maybe even a towel. Is that stealing or does the hotel expect you to swipe a few items? A hotel manager responds and lets us know what’s OK to take with you.


Consider Upgrading To A Hotel's Club Floor To Save On Perks

Hotel upgrades can be difficult to justify, especially if you spend most of your time out and about during trips. But if you can make the most of the perks that come with upgrading to a hotel’s club floor, then the cost can be worth it.


Hotelwatchdog Helps You Narrow Your Hotel Search

The team behind fare-tracking site Airfarewatchdog has released a similar tool for hotels. Hotelwatchdog takes price, distance to popular attractions and previous reviews into consideration before giving you a list of recommended hotels.


What To Do When You Have Nowhere To Sleep

Sometimes your travel plans just don’t work out and you’re stuck in a city with no place to stay. Maybe the hotel was overbooked or your friends are unexpectedly out of town, and you need to find a last-minute place to sleep. Here are a few options you can try when you need to take a rest.


Boost Your Chances Of A Hotel Upgrade By Checking In Late In The Day

A nicer room can make your trip a lot better and you can often get one by just asking. Travel+Leisure recommends checking in later in the day to increase your odds, when the hotel staff have a better idea of their room inventory for the night.


Avoid Losing Stuff In Hotel Rooms By Laying Out A Towel As A Home Base

The unfamiliar environment of a hotel room makes it easy to misplace important stuff like your keys, wallet or phone. Keep it all organised by laying a hand towel on a convenient surface and make a habit of placing all important items in this one spot.


Skip The Third-Party Sites To Get Cheaper Hotel Rates

Third party sites like Kayak can be helpful when trying to figure out where to stay. But The Daily Beast warns that using a third party site to book may result in higher rates.


Find Out A Sold-Out Hotel's Cancellation Penalty Date To Score A Room

Sometimes you want to stay at a certain hotel only to find out it is completely booked. Wendy Parrin at Conde Nast Traveller recommends finding out the hotel’s cancellation policy and snagging a room that someone else lets go.