Staying in a hotel is great. Who doesn't love the luxury
of knowing you can make a mess and someone else will clean
it up, make your bed, pick up your towels, etc. Great fun!
Here are 10 vacation planning and hotel travel tips to make
the most of your next hotel visit.
1. When choosing your hotel, be sure to check how far
away it is from such places as the beach, shops, and the
areas you plan to explore. Sometimes you will find
misleading phrases such as "near the beach" or "within
walking distance of shops and restaurants."
2. I like to pick a hotel that has a nice restaurant
attached or as part of the hotel itself. They are usually
open pretty early and stay open fairly late so that if you
happen to get in late from your day, you can grab a coffee
or a bite to eat. The ones that are open 24 hours are the
best! If you are staying at one of the hotel resorts in
Vegas, all the big ones have a 24-hour restaurant. I love
3. Go online and check for reviews of the hotel you plan
to stay at. Make sure there are not a great number of
negative reviews or unhappy customers. Also check travel
guidebooks and see if there is a rating.
4. If you know someone who has visited the same place,
ask them what hotel they stayed at and see what they
recommend. Personal recommendations are always great.
5. Make your reservations early so that you can get all
the amenities you desire such as a room with a view, a
non-smoking room, and the size and number of beds you
6. If you are going to need a rollaway bed, check on
this in advance, as there are usually a limited number
available. If possible, try to get a room that has a
sleeper sofa instead.
7. Saving money is nice but let's face it, the higher
quality hotel, the higher the price normally. The better
hotels have better construction, and thereby not so much
noise or interruptions during the night, allowing for a
good night's sleep. But even the high-priced hotels have
deals and specials, and you can also get better rates
during the off season.
8. Avoid rooms near the noisiest areas such as right by
the elevators, the ice machine, or the swimming pool.
9. If you have a pillow that you can't sleep without,
don't forget to bring it. If you are flying, you can use it
as a travel pillow and just take it onto the plane with you
as carry-on. I personally always travel with my Tempurpedic
10. The first thing I would do when arriving at the
hotel is to fold up the comforter or bedspread that is on
the bed and put it in a corner somewhere, then call down
for extra blankets. The reason? The sheets are laundered
daily but the bedspreads are not.
Use these vacation planning tips to make your next hotel
stay much more enjoyable.
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