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Travel Tips to Remember When Staying at a Hotel

Traveling can be an uncomfortable experience for some, mainly due to how your hotel stay ends up. Hotels can ruin your trip by surprising you with all their hidden fees, like how airlines operate.


Hotels make up to $2 billion in fees per year, so there’s a lot of them out there. Here’s some you can try to avoid at your next hotel stay:

Cancellation fee: Find out, before you book your hotel stay, how long you have before you are charged to cancel and how much the fee would be if you missed the grace-period.

Pet fee: Some hotels are pet-friendly and allow pets for a small charge.

Internet access fee: Most hotels nowadays do offer free wifi at specific spots, like the lobby or cafeteria, but if you want to have internet access in your own room (yes, it’s the exact same internet speeds as the lobby’s), chances are you’re going to have to pay some premium for that.

Safe fees: This can be a sneaky hidden fee as most people won’t be using the safe inside a hotel room or not enough realize they have one. If you see it in your room, you’re going to be charged for it, whether you use it or not.

Hotels will often try to hide fees like these under the category of “resort fees” and you won’t even realize what you’re actually being charged for and end-up paying for things you didn’t ask for or use. At the end of the day, you’re going to want to ask questions about your room before checking-in and get the room that best accommodates you.

Getting the best rest possible while away from home

Sleeping in a room that is foreign to you can be tough sometimes. The bed isn’t like yours at home, the smells, the sounds, and everything else can throw your circadian rhythm off. Luckily, there are some ways you can make things a bit more comfortable, without too much effort. Try some of these out the next time you’re traveling and see if your sleep improves.

Ask for a room that is the most secluded and distant from things like stairwells, main entrances/exits, elevators, and any main air conditioning units. It may sound a bit demanding or picky, but if you are talking to a receptionist who knows their way around the hotel, they’ll be happy to guide you to a room that is notoriously quiet.

After you’ve got your room, try to limit the amount of distractions inside the room by blocking out all those pesky LED lights from the TV, AC unit, or any other electronic devices.

If light leaks through the door a lot, put a towel under the door and try to hang one around the frame to block as much light as possible.

If you are one who likes to fall asleep with the TV on, try to put it on a timer. Keep the room a little colder than you would normally, once you’re ready to fall asleep. The likelihood of waking up prematurely goes down if you’re snuggled-up in blankets and sheets.

These travel tips are offered to you by Oakland Limo Service at http://www.oaklandlimoservice.org.  We hope you found it useful.


Published by Janelle, on September 18th, 2014 at 8:37 pm. Filled under: TravelNo Comments