Make Sure You Don't Get The Worst Room With These Hotel Manager Tips

Make Sure You Don't Get the Worst Room with These Hotel Manager Tips

Some people get upgraded to fancy suites in the hotel; others get sentenced to rooms near the elevator. If you want to avoid the worst rooms, heed these reservation tips from a hotel front desk supervisor.

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In an interview with The Points Guy, this is what the interviewer said about who gets assigned the worst rooms:

Its a 50/50 toss up between bookings taken by 3rd party reservations systems like Expedia, or it could just be assigned at random using the hotel's auto-assign program each morning. It also depends on the agent who checks you in. Sometimes they try to get rid of bad rooms first, while others (like me) try to use up good rooms first.

So, basically, call the hotel directly to reserve your room. Also:

I would try to call in the morning of the arrival date and ask for your preferred bed configuration, and to be assigned a quiet room away from elevators and any mechanical rooms. Non-adjoining rooms can also be quieter, as there's less soundproofing between the doors that connect adjacent rooms. Once the front desk agrees to assign you the room you want, request that they place a "do not move" note in your reservation. That way, only a manager can move you from that room.

Another tip is to simply join the hotel's loyalty program in advance. Even though you will have no points, stay credit or elite status, just joining the program indicates that you are a potential repeat customer, and the front desk staff will be less likely to assign you an inferior room.

So, join the hotel loyalty program, call the hotel instead of booking with a third-party, ask for a non-adjoining room in a quiet area, and ask for that "do not move" note on your reservation.

More insider-y information in the Q&A below.

The Inside Scoop on Hotel Stays from a Front Desk Supervisor [The Points Guy]


    I would have thought it would mention "be polite" as an important rule here. Loyalty programs, room configuration preferences, etc. will count for nothing if you're being a wanker and the person at the desk decides to get back at you.

    +1 on the be polite. I decided at a spur of the moment to book a room in Brisbane a few years ago (Celebration of finishing uni with my Fiancé). We were friendly a just asked for a nice room.

    Got top floor for bottom dollar.

    Last edited 16/06/14 9:02 am

    At my resort expedia and other websites are auto-allocated from bottom to top so 201 (level 2) to 906 (level 9). When you book through the actual resort website a lot of the customer service people will allocate a nicer room because it shows brand loyalty and we don't have to pay commissions to websites. But ideally if you call and are really nice and state you are going for an anniversary or something like that you'll usually be treated well.

    If it's low season and they give you a bad room, just ask for another. If you don't like it then go somewhere else. The whole point of hotels is that they're there to serve you ie.. You're paying for a service. Giving you a bad room shows a lack of customer service. No need to put up with it or do any of the tricks mentioned in the article. Except of course being polite, it's good manners to be polite irregardless.

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