A hotel stay can be an enjoyable experience or it can quickly turn into a nightmare. So how can you ensure that you hotel stay is enjoyable? Well, here are some things you should know before you book your next room. Using these tips will help you get a great room and a great deal on the rates.
To accommodate a small family without having to pay for more than one hotel room, look for a location that offers suites. Often the rates are competitive with single-room rates at other hotels, but the addition of a living area (and a fold-out bed) means that more of you can sleep comfortably.
If you are traveling for work and staying at a hotel, ask for a room at least some reasonable distance from the pool area. You will probably want to be in a room where you can concentrate. The noise levels near a pool can be distracting. Pick a quiet room where you can be productive.
One way to save money when traveling is to search for a hotel that offers a free continental breakfast. This can save you a lot of money if you are staying for a week. Many of the top hotel chains offer large continental breakfasts consisting of breakfast meats, pastries and drinks.
Bedbugs have become a problem at hotels in recent years, so upon entering your hotel room, check for signs of these critters. Check for stains on bedding and behind walls. If you notice any signs that point to the possible presence of bedbugs, request a different room. Bedbugs can travel home with you in your luggage, causing an unwelcome infestation in your home.
If you plan on taking a family pet with you to a hotel reservation, do three things in advance. Confirm that pets are allowed in the room you are staying. Be sure to have plenty of plastic bags on hand to make pet cleanup easy. Reserving a room near the end of a hallway will keep other guests from being disturbed by your pet.
AAA members get an extra discount at certain hotel chains. You could also get a surprise that you have an auto club membership that gives you hotel discounts. Membership in AARP, a union, an auto club or even being a police officer can get you a discount. Those discounts add up to great savings, especially if you will be having an extended stay.
When traveling with small children, try to choose a hotel that caters to them. Most hotels offer cribs. Some have playgrounds and/or pools to help keep your kids entertained. Some even offer or children’s programs during the day or babysitters at night. Many hotels do not charge extra for children under a certain age to stay in the same room with their parents.
There are membership programs that hotels offer for those that stay frequently at their chains. These are similar to frequent flyer programs. They allow you to accrue points during your hotel stay. These points add up to restaurant discounts, free nights, tickets to a show, spa treatments, and more.
It is often helpful to choose a hotel that includes a free breakfast. While many of the breakfasts are not elaborate, they offer you a way to start your day off right without having to search for a place to eat. Many hotels offer a continental breakfast that includes, coffee, tea and pastries while others offer cereal, eggs, pancakes, waffles and other breakfast foods.
As you know, a bad hotel can turn any trip into a nightmare, a very expensive nightmare. This is why the tips from above are so valuable. So remember these tips and refer to them when booking your next hotel stay. Using these tips can help find a room that is perfect for you at a price that is perfect for your budget.