Hotels, lodges, and homestays play a very important role in strengthening any country’s tourism industry of any country, and a tourist will return with good memories only if he and his family stay pleasant and happy.
The facilities provided in the hotels are directly related to the tariffs that they charge, and a person should always bargain to get the best deal. Some hotel secrets are known to the staff members only, and today, we will reveal 15 such hotel secrets. We are sure that you will use this knowledge for your benefit whenever you stay in a hotel next time.
This is how you can get discount
If you make a complaint regarding the service or the older property of the hotel, there are chances that you will be offered a discount. Even if you talk with the clerk and tell him that you have a problem with the rate, there are chances that you will get at least a 10 % discount. However, the staff will be ready to provide you with a 30% discount if you are good at bargaining as giving a 30% discount is still far better than keeping rooms empty.
Be generous in tipping
If you are a regular visitor or you will be staying for multiple nights, then you must be generous in giving tips to the housekeepers so that they will remember you and pay extra attention to the cleanliness of your room till you check out.
Ask to waive charges
The customers are under the impression that all the services, such as Wi-Fi, gym, newspaper, etc., are complementary, but most of the time, they are included in the tariff. If you are not using these services, you should ask the hotel to exclude these charges from your bill.
Don’t pay cancellation charges
This revelation by a hotel employee can be a huge money saver if you have to change your program at the last moment. There is a cancellation time for each booking, and if a customer crosses that cancellation time, then he has to pay cancellation charges for canceling the booking. To avoid the cancellation charges, you should not cancel the booking at once; first, postpone your booking. The new booking will have a new cancellation time, and this time, you won’t be charged for canceling the booking.
If you are staying in a hotel where smoking is not allowed, then as per an employee, the customer should never smoke in the hotel. Otherwise, he will be fined by the hotel. The hotel employee strongly advises against smoking to the customer as hotels love to impose fine on smokers.
Check for the room leftovers
When you stay in a hotel room, first you should check the room properly; often, the former guests leave their belongings. As the housekeeping staff gets only 10-15 minutes, there are good chances that they may have also missed that belonging. So spend some time looking at the hotel room, and you may get hold of a treasure.
Don’t demand early check-in
Demanding an early check-in may injure your health, as the housekeeping staff won’t get sufficient time to clean your room. So it is better to check in on time as the housekeeping staff can clean your room properly.
What about the blankets?
A hotel employee revealed that they regularly change the sheets and the towels, but the blankets get washed only once a year. I am already worried about my next visit to a hotel and thinking of taking my own blanket rather than using the blanket provided by the hotel.
Check the seal and the expiry date
If your room has a mini-bar, make sure you consume from a bottle, the seal of which is broken by you only. An employee revealed hotel secrets that once a customer drank liquor to fill the bottle, he peed in, closed, and put it back. The customer should also check the candy and chocolate boxes for the expiry date and ensure that the hotel staff hasn’t eaten from the box.
Towel on the chair
A hotel employee says that while sitting on the chair or sofa in the room, a person should spread a towel or sheet on it for hygiene. He reveals that many people chose to sit on these sofas and chairs completely nude, it may sound weird and unbelievable, but it is true.
The problem of bed bugs is not just experienced by the tourists who stay in cheap hotels; sometimes, the customers of big hotels also face this problem. The bed bug is a far more common problem than we think, so please check the room’s bed thoroughly before paying for it.
Glasses are cleaned rarely
In every room, a water jug is kept with glasses, but you should wash those glasses before using them as the hotel staff just rinses them with water to save time. Don’t be surprised if you find lipstick marks on those glasses someday.
The remote control is also very dirty as the hotel staff never cleans it. Many people would have used and touched that TV remote before using it, so cleaning it using a cloth or paper is better.
The files of regular clients are maintained in big hotels so the staff knows their choices, preferences, and dislikes. For example, if a customer drinks tea without sugar, he will get it without sugar even if he forgets to inform about it when he orders tea.
Hotel staff eats from your plate
Yes, one of the hotel secrets revealed by staff is that they don’t bring lunch from home as they keep a little from the food that customers order before serving it to the customer. So if you feel you have received less food, a staff member has taken part to feed himself.