You expect the best of everything from a hotel or resort. The best restaurants, the best activities, and the best hotel stay are the minimum of what one expects during a vacation. However, what if I told you that you are certainly not getting your money”s worth…while also sleeping in a place you”d never want to subject yourself to. We”re talking about a place that once you know its secrets, you”ll wonder how someone could possibly charge $200 a night.
WARNING: If you ever want to stay in a hotel again, you might want to skip #2 and #3.
1. Hack the cancellation fee.
If you have to suddenly cancel, don”t pay the fees. Just call and move the stay a week or two later. Then call back the next day and cancel. You will not have to pay a fee.
2. Clean beds are a luxury.
While sheets are washed every day, blankets only get washed once a week. Bed covers are cleaned (maybe) once a month. If you want them all cleaned, you have to ask.
3. Think twice about the glasses in your room.
Make sure to wash them before drinking.
4. Check in early at your own risk.
With a number of rooms to clean, there”s no telling how fast/bad the maid cleaned your room to have it ready in time.
5. Concierges get it right, with or without a kickback.
Sure, they might get a little money thrown their way, but their job is on the line with each recommendation.
6. Go ahead, order the movie.
Just make sure not to ask until you check out. It”ll work most of the time.
7. Skip those online booking websites.
Hotels pay them 30%, which is often passed onto the customer. Instead, call the front desk and ask for a way to reduce the rate.
8. Valet at your own risk.
Most hotels aren”t liable for any damage incurred by their valet drivers. Beware.
9. Remotes are almost never cleaned.
They are often contaminated with rhinovirus (the common cold).
10. Think twice about the pool chair.
The water is highly chlorinated, so it”s fine. However, those chairs are rarely, if ever, cleaned.
(via eBaum”s World)
Can you believe how those blankets and bed covers are rarely washed? Or the shoe polish on the shoes? Remind me to send in a professional cleaning crew next time I check into a hotel…