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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
TRAVEL TIPS - Hotels
Here are some tips I've learned...sometimes the hard way.
Bring your confirmation - If you get a confirmation via e-mail, print it. If you make a phone reservation, make sure they send you a printed confirmation. BRING IT WITH YOU. I always do this...and end up not needing it. That is until the one time I forgot.
Recently, I had a reservation for a suite for $90 a night, Thursday through Sunday. With taxes and one room service charge, the bill came to just over $300, or it should have. I was presented with a $550 bill at check out and when I complained, I was told that the special rate wast just for a regular room, the suite was more, and, on top of that, only good for midweek so the weekend rate was charge at the rack rate of $230 a night.
I didn't have my confirmation. I didn't have a way to retrieve it (it was on my work e-mail). I didn't have a prayer.
Tip the maid...everyday! Leave a couple of dollars on the pillow. Don't wait until you check out. Appreciative maids clean rooms better and leave you better toiletries. If you can't tip...you shouldn't be staying there anyway.
Compare total cost - Paying an extra twenty dollars for a suite with a full, hot breakfast will beat a room at the Motel 6, such is the case at many destinations.
As an example, I can get a very nice, large room for around $80 or a two-room suite for around $100 at most Drury Inns. Sounds a bit expensive until you include an expansive hot breakfast buffet for everyone in the room; a light dinner; three cocktails; unlimited popcorn and soda from afternoon to the evening; free wired or wireless Internet; free use of their Internet terminals; free long distance calls; free local calls; pool, spa, and fitness room.
How much extra would all that cost at a cheap, motel?
Any tips you want to share?
-DarrylCopyright 2011 - Darryl Musick
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