Right before the Christmas Holidays, my wife and I decided to just get away and get some extra needed sleep. The hotel that we stayed at had a large recreational indoor courtyard. Our room was outstanding. Despite all of this, I was still able to get some good concessions.
If you plan to stay a specific number of days, try to negotiate a lower rate. Tell them that you selected their establishment because of their thoughtful consideration of their customers.
If you have a lot of work to do, tell them to please set you up in area away from the pool area. If they can’t do this for you, then you have something else to use for negotiating a lower rate.
You may also want to consider having an area that is either smoking or nonsmoking, whichever you prefer.
If you have a lot of baggage or work to carry with you, consider a room close to an elevator for convenience.
Always ask for free long distance calling. Tell them that it is necessary for your work. Also tell them that you will not abuse the privilege. Do the same, if you need an Internet connection for your work.
If you have a reservation, but the hotel is overbooked, you need to act a little put out. Tell them that you made the reservation on advice from an associate that stayed there before. Ask to make a free long distance call to your business or family. Ask for free transportation to another hotel. Lastly, ask for upgrade certificates or free vouchers. After all, the overbooking was their mistake, not yours.
Lastly, check on the complimentary breakfast. Take note of time and location of it. When it comes to a complimentary breakfast, it is the early bird that gets the worm. Many of the good items will go quickly.
Now let’s talk about safety. Here are some common sense tips.
Know where all stairwells and elevators are located. Check on fire escape routes. Make mental notes of these. Never leave your door open or unlocked. Even when you are inside, keep the door locked. Never, open the door first without checking who is on the outside first. Call the desk to verify deliveries that you didn’t expect. Keep your valuables locked in the hotel safe and get a receipt on the items they handle for you.
If you leave the room, leave the radio or television on. Always leave a small light on, too. Don’t use the “require maid service sign” unless you have to. If you are a lady, never use the elevator alone. Ask for an attendant to assist you to your room. If you lose or misplace your key or card, immediately let the front desk know.
Lastly, observe all hotel rules. Many of them are for your safety. When your stay is over, tip appropriately. Always let the front desk know how your stay was when you check out.