Summer is just around the corner, which for many of us means family vacay time! So whether you’re planning on going to Disneyland for the first time or down to Galveston for the annual family reunion, you need to know how to get the most out of your hotel stay.
1) But you said they had a pool! Before you make a pricey reservation, always make sure that the hotel you choose has all the amenities you want. If you really want to stay at a hotel that has a 4-star spa, pool, a restaurant, juggling dog act, and complimentary transportation, you better do your research.
2) Uggg what are the people next door watching? If noise is a concern, book a room on the top floor to eliminate the sound of street traffic and other guests. If you want a spacious room, make sure to tell the concierge to book one on the corner. In general, corner rooms are the largest on each floor, giving your family a wee bit more space. Still not sure which room would be best for you and the fam? Ask the front desk!
3) Hmmmm I smell upgrade! You’re already paying an arm and a leg for a couple nights in a hotel, so why settle for a “meh” room? Through a little magic and a good attitude, you can land yourself in the high rollers suite for the price of a regular room. So what tips can help you score a free upgrade? First, remember the rule of three: ask for an upgrade three times, once when you make the reservation, again when you call to confirm your room, and a third time when you check in. Persistence usually pays off. Second, always ALWAYS always be nice to the staff. Even if your flight was delayed and you had to sit next to 16 crying babies, don’t take it out on the hotel staff. By being nice, you’re setting up the groundwork for some freebies! If none of the above is working for you, try my personal favorite: let the hotel know that it’s a special occasion for you. The free upgrade might not pan out but coming back to the room after a day with the in-laws to find a complimentary fruit basket and wine will help ease the pain.
4) Can I take the lamp? The trip is finally over and as you’re packing up the kids and souvenirs, you eye the bathrobe. You sigh as you remember how it felt against your skin, like puppies and angels and cotton candy dreams all wrapped into one plush gift from above. You suddenly find yourself shoving it into your overloaded suitcase. Well be prepared to find a huge charge on your bill later that month ‘cuz those robes were not meant for taking. When looking for things you can take from your hotel, stick mostly to the bathroom: shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap are all free game. Anything nailed down or electrical? Not so much. Stationary, pens, and notepads? Free, free, and free. Comforters, pillows, alarm clock? Yeah, better take those out of your luggage.
Have some tips on how to make the most of your hotel stay? Share them below!