I’ve had over 50 nights in a hotels this year. Thats a lot of nights away from home, my bed, pillow case and home cooked meals. Here are my top 5 hotel hacks that have made being away more comfortable and more like home for me.
- Become Friends with the Hotel Staff
One of the best choices you can ever make, when staying at a hotel is getting to know the hotel staff. Be friendly, be polite and learn names. This is especially important if you visit hotels often for business or pleasure. Hotel staff deals with the general public, which means they deal with some pleasant and often not so pleasant guests. Being kind and friendly helps you build a relationship with the staff and also gets you little perks that will make your stay more enjoyable.
- Tip the In Room Dining Server Well
Your server will remember people who tip badly and who tip well. Going just above your usual tipping percentage goes a long way. I have found that upon request they will bring you extra items with no extra cost. Water bottles, bread, dipping sauce, ect. They remember you and your tipping and you also benefit from the small treats they bring.
- Become a Rewards Member Right Away
At any hotel, on your first stay, ask to be a rewards member and sign up. Those rewards do accumulate and some hotels allow you to use your same rewards number at multiple locations (Like Star Rewards). Wifi is usually free if you are a rewards member, which is a bonus and it only takes a few extra moments to sign up when checking-in.
- Be Courteous to House Keepers
This is your home for the next few days, and you want to be in a clean one. Keeping your hotel room tidy makes for a more pleasurable stay, but also shows respect to house keeping. I always tidy up my room before house keeping comes. I have noticed that they clean up a little more if the room is already decently tidied versus having my stuff everywhere. It never hurts to leave a small thank you note in your room at the end of your stay.
- It Never Hurts to Ask
It’s the secret language of staying at hotels. Ask and more than likely, it will be given. Hotels want you to come back, they want you to have a pleasurable stay and if it’s a good hotel, the’ll do a lot for you. Hotels often have extra items that they may not offer upfront at check-in. Items such as regular toiletries, humidifiers, device chargers and pain killers. If you travel often, you can even ask the concierge to keep your toiletry bag for your next stay at usually no charge. Ask the front desk to make a note in your account profile that you leave a toiletry bag and what it looks like. That way, if you are not back in a month or two they don’t get rid of it.
What are your top hotel hacks?