Most of us, no matter what our travel plans include staying in a hotel every so often.
Here are a few clues to make the experience a more pleasant one. In no particular order, here are just my thoughts.
– Use the toiletries. Many of the hotels have their brand or name on the products. This is advertisement for them. Before you leave take the half-used items with you as they will be discarded. And the hotel wants you to take the unused items including slippers as a reminder of your stay.
– Request special toiletries. Many hotels have special produces available if you request them; such as unscented soaps and shampoos. They also have items you may need; toothpaste, tooth brush, floss and etc.
– Repeat guest. Many of my clients return to the same hotels over and over for both leisure and business. Get to know the hotel beyond the lobby. Find the floor or specific room you prefer. I can never guarantee a specific room but a request is usually honored when ever possible. The better hotels will learn your personal preferences and provide amenities like a particular pillow, soap or flowers. Let me know and I can convey your wishes.
– A great concierge. The concierge can easily become your best friend. They have access to much. You name it and often they can provide. A Boston concierge was called late one night to say a guest had forgotten his shoes for a morning meeting. By 8am the guest had his size 10 burgundy tie shoes from Brooks Brothers. Concierge is used most often for dinner reservations, theatre tickets and tours. But, have you ever run out of business cards? Need to ship a package? Need an international newspaper? If you do not ask you will not receive! Always tip a few dollars.
My best travel advice is if you are in a new location and do not know what to do, go into the best hotel in town and ask the concierge! I was stranded many years ago in Durban and found the best concierge for help!
– Room design. If you like a desk or sitting areas make your request known when you check in. Most often the person behind the counter just assigns a room. If you want something ask. If you do not like the room, do not hesitate to request another one. But do not relinquish the key until you have another. There have been too many horror stories where the city has been sold out!