TIP! Ask when you're able to check into the room. If you show up too early, you may find yourself sitting around the lobby, waiting for your room to be ready.
TIP! If you want to save some serious money on your hotel reservations, get the price bundled with something else. This is typically done through an online travel site.
TIP! Talk to a travel agent about potential hotel deals. You may think you'll be paying more by going through a travel agent, but more often than not the opposite is true.
TIP! Know whether or not smoking is allowed in your room. Some hotels offer smoking rooms.
TIP! To get the most out of a hotel room on a business trip, look online at the various choices to see which places offer a free happy hour. At the end of a long day of meetings, having a free margarita or beer at your hotel before getting ready for dinner can be quite pleasant.
TIP! You know your rights if a hotel attempts to take advantage of you. Occasionally, a hotel overbooks and your booked room is unavailable.
TIP! Always ask for a room upgrade at check-in time. You may be able to upgrade to a larger room or one with a better view by simply asking.
TIP! Be pleasant when checking in if you want an upgrade. Take the time to look the front desk clerk in the eye and introduce yourself to the clerk.
TIP! Try booking a hotel room that is located on the outskirts of any major city you plan on visiting. They are often much cheaper than rooms that are located in the center of the city.
TIP! Look online for code or special discount. Hotels often offer discounts to senior citizens, special groups, social clubs or even occupations like law enforcement or firefighters.
TIP! Before checking out your hotel's oceanfront view or minibar, check your room for bedbugs. Pull all the bed linens back and thoroughly check the mattress and headboard.