BEFORE YOU GO
Do a hotel research on the net looking not only for the
cheapest rates but also considering the amenities and services
provided, location, possible references from other people.
Travel guidebooks can also be very helpful for choosing the
hotel that suits you best. Be as much 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
the whole page off your computer screen so you will have a
statement that you can use as evidence in case of misplacing
incorrectly entering your information by a hotel clerk. Take a
copy with you, make another one for your relatives so they
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,
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
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
- cable TV, rental movies, video games,
- portable beds, baby cribs,
- complementary shuttle service to airport,
- rental safe for your money, jewellery, 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. We devoted a whole separate page to travel
safety including hotel safety measures so we will skip this
part here. When you go out for the day, leave your key at the
reception desk. Confirm closing time. Some hotels do lock up
night and you're expected to keep the key if you stay out
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
hotel may charge you an additional night.
Review the hotel bill making sure that all charges are
We wish you a successful and safe trip!
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