Before you go, do some hotel research, looking not only for the best rates, but also considering the amenities and services provided, location, and possible references from other people. Travel guidebooks can also be very helpful for choosing the hotel that suits you best. Be as flexible with your trip schedule as possible. For example, business class hotels often have lower weekend rates.
As soon as you reserved the room(s) online, document all information about the hotel(s). The easiest way is to print out the whole reservations page so you will have a clear statement that you can use as evidence in case of the information is misplaced or incorrectly entered by a hotel clerk. Take a copy with you, make another one for your relatives so they will know when and where you are going to stay so they can contact you in emergency cases.
Learn the proper check-in and check-out times. Confirm the amenities and services the hotel provides. Ask for directions and get a local map. Get a card with the hotel’s name, address and phone number so you can show it to a taxi driver or a passer-by in the street if you get lost.
Some hotels may provide extra services that you may not know about unless you ask for it:
– laundry service,
– hair dryers,
– voltage converters/ adaptors,
– newspaper service,
– complementary meals,
– access to fax machine, copier, printer, computer, Internet connection,
– cable TV, rental movies, video games,
– portable beds, baby cribs,
– complementary shuttle service to airport,
– rental safe for your money, jewelery, documents,
– telephone access charges,
– fees for using mini-bar,
– guided tours, excursions.
AT THE HOTEL
Safety should be a priority for everybody and you have to take some precautions. When you go out for the day, leave your key at the reception desk. Confirm closing time. Some hotels do lock up at night and you’re expected to keep the key if you stay out late.
BEFORE LEAVING YOUR HOTEL
Check out your room for left-behind items. If you need extra time for staying over the regular check-out time (usually it ranges from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m), make a request in advance or the hotel may charge you an additional night.
Review the hotel bill making sure that all charges are accurate.
We wish you a successful and safe trip!