TRAVEL TUESDAY * HOTEL TIPS *
More Bang For Your Buck
If you don’t love tiny hotel rooms, here’s an easy, sure-fire way to nab a speedy square footage upgrade, without actually asking for a bigger room and feeling a little demanding. Ask for a corner room, which is always roomier.
Bring Your Own Linen
No, not a full duvet set, that would take up valuable space in your luggage, bring your own pillowcases – they are lightweight, portable and possess the comforting smell of home.
Banish stale room odors with the heavenly scent of candles – check out AIMASI scented travel candles, that not only have a gorgeous scent but add deliciously decorative flair to a room, with their vibrant container packaging.
Big chain hotels in central locations are usually expensive. Find out where they are located, then check out any independent hotels close to them, or a little further out, to secure a better room rate.
Portable Travel Door Lock
Feel comfortable relaxed and more importantly safe and secure in your room, by traveling with a portable door lock. They are easy to use and very comforting to a nervous, new solo traveler. What’s great about a door lock, is it means the door can’t be opened easily, even if others have the key outside the room, while you are relaxing or sleeping.
Not Just Hotels
The rise of hostels‘ target=’_blank’ rel=’follow’ title=’boutique hostels‘>boutique hostels continues apace. If you haven’t already tried them out, do your research. Go online to booking.com or hostelworld.com to find the best of the bunch, at very reasonable prices. If bunking down with company in a dormitory isn’t your style, explore the wonderful world of private rooms, that most hostels offer, at slighter higher than dormitory prices, but still cheaper than standard hotel rates.
Amp Up Your Decor
Does sleeping in a white room, make you feel flat, uninspired and ever so slightly bored? Amp up the color volume in your hotel room instantly, with a travel scarf thrown across the middle or bottom of your bed.
Be Nice To Hotel Staff
Manners cost nothing, as my Mum always told me, but you’d be surprised how rude some guests are to the staff, particularly housekeeping who look after them.
If you want to show some old school love, leave a tip for your housekeeping staff on your final day, either by leaving it under your pillow or on the table in the room with a note thanking them. Remember paying forward always comes back to you, and what better time, then when you are far away from home.
Customer Reviews Are Everything
If you are trying out a brand new hotel or hostel, don’t just go with the standard hotel description. If you really want to know the ins and outs of your planned destination, check its customer reviews and photographs, to give you a balanced overview of the rooms and what you can expect in terms of service and amenities.
If you visit the same hotel on numerous occasions and build ongoing relationships with the staff, you can secure preferential treatment or little extras. If this does happen to you, take the time to do something to say thank you like recommend them to family and friends or review the hotel as a way of showing your gratitude.
Let Me Entertain You
Want some unbiased recommendation for local places to eat and drink or things to do? Don’t ask reception, who invariably will suggest locked in, but expensive cross-promotional deals to you. Save your money and ask other hotel personnel, like bar/wait staff or housekeeping,