Travelling is such a memorable and mesmerizing experience. However, sometimes negligence can cause you to have a horrible experience during check-in at the hotel. So once you’re done packing, find out what you can do to make sure you have a good experience all through your journey.
When most people are planning a trip, they’re often very particular about the homestays, and hotels they want are normally ready to part with large amounts of cash simply to ensure they comfortable, memorable, and swanky stay.
However, despite picking the best properties, you still might not get the experience you expect, and sometimes a huge reason for this is because you ignored the necessary check-in protocols. Most of these rules go unsaid but you must be aware of them.
1. Not informing the hotel about early check-in
You might be arriving earlier than your expected check-in time at the hotel. It’s important to communicate these timings with the hotel so that they make the appropriate arrangements. If you inform them late about these timings, you might just have to pay extra.
2. Not asking for room changes
It’s always good to know everything about the room you want before you book it. This will help you avoid later regret. Reading the descriptions and looking at the pictures is not enough. You need to communicate with the hotel’s customer support team to know where exactly the hotel is, how big the room is, whether it’s sea-facing or mountain, the amenities in the room, etc.
3. Not listening to the front desk
During check-in time, the person at the front desk will usually explain the details of the hotel, such as the availability of cars, the water system, how the WiFi works, etc. Respect that person and try to understand what they’re telling you. It’ll make your stay a whole lot easier.
4. Not producing your contact information during check-in
Some people don’t give all their contact information like alternative phone numbers and e-mail addresses during check-in. However, these are actually very important. For instance, say you forget a prized possession at the hotel after your check-out and they’re not able to get you on phone. Your e-mail should then be able to come to the rescue.
5. Not informing the hotel about your special requirements
You may have some specific requirements you need the hotel staff to be able to fulfill beforehand. For instance, you may have some health reasons that require you to bathe with lukewarm water in the morning. Or you might need extra towels or pillows. Tell the hotel staff right from the start during check-in.
6. Not enquiring about free upgrades
You might be able to get a free upgrade, but if you don’t ask the front desk, the hotel personnel will not tell you on their own and you won’t know. If you’re already a loyalty program member, you even have a higher chance of being eligible for upgrades.
7. Not enquiring if the mini bar is chargeable or free
Min bars usually look so attractive, and most people are tempted to eat and drink everything they see inside their hotel room when they enter. Always confirm with the front desk whether the goodies in the fridge are chargeable or freebies.
8. Not Double Checking The Room
Most of us are too trusting but with the growing number of missing tourists, it’s best to keep your guard up even when you’re on holiday. Once you check into your room, ensure the doors and windows lock well. Additionally, make sure you know where the exit doors are on your floor. It’s also advisable to book upper floor rooms to avoid unnecessary disturbance or invaders. If you notice something wrong, always alert the management before settling in.
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