As a travel advisor I travel a lot! I love that delicious feeling of anticipation for my next trip and staying in undiscovered hotels and resorts. I also enjoy the relaxing feeling of revisiting a hotel or resort that I fell in-love with on a previous visit. In my opinion, there is no better feeling than the pure enjoyment of travel and experiencing new destinations. There is also no worse feeling than having a poor experience in a hotel during your vacation. In order to avoid an unpleasant hotel experience, there are many steps you can take to ensure everyone staying at the hotel has a pleasant visit.
Here is a list of dos and don'ts for your next hotel stay:
Save time and hassle with digital check-in and check-out. Also, if available, opt in for the digital key. You will walk straight to your room (when ready) and have a flawless check-out without the line.
Always check your bill BEFORE you officially check-out. Ensure all charges are legitimate. It is much easier to dispute a charge while you are still at the hotel. Checking your hotel bill daily is even better.
When confirming your room and reservation, look for hidden fees. Resort fees, among others, are often charged on a daily basis and can add up very quickly.
Check pricing on all items in the mini bar and bottles of water on the table. If there is no price list, call the front desk and ask. Hotel guests often pay for bottles of water because they didn't realize they were not complimentary.
Ask for a specific room if you are a light sleeper. It's best to be away from the elevator, on the highest floor, and away from a busy street or parking lot.
Always bolt and lock your hotel room door. Place the "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door.
Use quiet voices and avoid talking on your cell phone during conversations in hallways and elevators. Do not allow your children to run up and down the hallways or scream in your room. Don't disturb other guests; they are on vacation too.
Keep the volume on your TV at a reasonable level. If you can hear it outside your room, it's too loud.
Take a step to fight climate change and save our planet- reuse towels and sheets and turn off all lights before your leave. Most hotels and resorts have a sustainability practice in place.
Check, recheck, and check again for any items that may be left behind. Look for books, chargers, sunglasses, jewelry etc. Unfortunately, when you contact the hotel later about belongings left behind, most of the time, no one has seen them. Taking care to ensure everyone has a pleasant stay is something we can all do during our next hotel stay. Whether you are traveling for business, pleasure, or both, your hotel stay should be relaxing, quiet and, most of all, enjoyable.