Hotel Check-in: We all have faced through those hotels check-in hassles at least once in our life, and I must say, that sucks! After a long journey, on reaching the hotel, you are told you cannot checking early, what could be worse than that.
Be it for any purpose like Business, Vacation etc you want your trip to be flawless. And for that, we need to consider all the things that can make it a pleasant experience and also considering the things that could go wrong.
So, to avoid such a thing and to give you a pleasant stay, I am going to share 9 quick tips for hotel check-ins that actually Works
When you are travelling, you definitely want to get the best out of everything. Be it for any purpose like Business, Vacation etc you want your trip to be flawless. For that, you have a lot of opportunities around you to explore and find which will be the best option for you. Also, you should be considering the things that could go wrong.
Bring documents for a hassle-less check-in
This is most important part of hotel check-in. You just can’t check-in without providing valid identification proof. So whenever you go on a travel make sure that you have your ID card with you. Not having an ID card can put you on lots of troubles.
Hotels keep a copy of your identification proof security reasons. And it is must to produce at the time of check-in.
But what if you forgot your ID card at home??
If you have any soft copy of your ID proof in your Google drive or storage box, you can for a show that at the time of reception and forwards a copy to them. I have done it most of the time and there is never an issue.
If you don’t have a soft copy also, contact the hotel manager and the booking site customer care(in case you have booked the room online). Tell them your problem and hopefully, they will come up with a solution for that.
Pro tip: Keep a soft copy of your identification proof on google drive, who knows when you will need them 🙂
Get rooms for the value of money
Get the best out of the money that you are paying for the rooms. Ask for the facilities hotel provides to its customers. Pools, spa, gym, sauna as some of the amenities that hotels usually offer to guests.
If they don’t have, they compensate by partnering up with nearby establishments or sister properties to offer guests free use of the amenities at a nearby location.
So just ask if these facilities are available. There is nothing wrong in asking, right?
Hotels at hourly rates
Looking for a few hours stays? May to freshen up before the meeting or a flight than it is best to book rooms at an hourly rate. Most business trips require 3 to 4 hours stay then why pay for the whole day?
Nowadays hotels are customer-centric and have various option to make your stay perfect. And let you book rooms at hourly rates is a great initiative towards customer satisfaction.
Ask the hotel manager if they provide rooms at hourly rates. Tell them your requirements and they you provide you room accordingly.
Pro tip: It is better to gather information about a hotel if they provide rooms at hourly rates. Some of the hotels may deny allowing rooms at the hourly basis. So it is better to call the hotel and tell your requirements forehand before reaching. You can also use apps and websites to know about it.
Tips for early check-ins
Your train timing or flight timing may do not always match the standard check-in time. And you might end up reach hours before the check-in time. Some peaceful rest after arrival is the only need at that time.
Following are some hotel check-in tips that can help you with early arrival and prevent unnecessary hustle-bustle
- Load your luggage and make use of the hotel amenities
Ask hotel staff to store your bags until your room is available. Then you can head out to nearby restaurants or bar till the room is available for you. You can also chill in the common areas of the hotel like the lobby or swimming pool. Ask for room service if they can provide morning tea if possible.
- Get an unbiased recommendation from people other than front desk
If you are there new in that town, you can get the information about the place from the locals and not from the reception as they could be in a tie-up with some of the local things and can pursue you to them only. The best way to get info is to ask the waiter and cleaning staff there in hotels.
Explore additional benefits
- Asking for an upgraded room with a view and if late check-out is possible
So most of the times if the hotel isn’t running on full occupancy they might have higher level room categories which may be vacant and you can make use of your negotiation skills to get the upgraded room. And before you check-in to the room, they assign ask them if you can get a room of the same type with a balcony or a pleasant view. Also if they are not expecting anyone for that room, you can ask for a late check-out for an hour or so depending on your plans for departure.
Safety Tips at the time of hotel check-in
- Check that all the room amenities are properly functioning
Once you get into your room, the first thing that you need to do is to check if everything is working properly. Tubelights, TV, electric sockets and taps. Check if the floor of the bathroom is not slippery to avoid any kind of injuries.
Ask for rooms away for lifts
We all want a peaceful stay at the hotel but if you are allocated a room which is close to the lifts then it can turn to be a nightmare.
People coming and going all the time laughing and taking, that ding-dong song, that automated voice saying”floor number 6″ and what not.
No hotel wants you to leave having had a bad experience, so most are likely willing to listen to genuine concerns on behalf of their guests. Always ask to be put in the rooms that are away from the lift
A List of Hidden Extras
When it comes to paying your bills, hidden extras like VAT, city tax, GST can add up to an annoying surprise. Make sure you know what all hidden charges are going to come in your way as you stay at the hotel. Better to ask about all the charges at the time of hotel check-in.
You can know more about the hotels’ hidden charges here.
Talk at the reception about all the charges except booking charge. Wifi charge, breakfast or packed water may add up to the bill and knowing about them later is pretty annoying. So make sure you are ready for surprises!
After all, travel experiences are something which is an integral part of your sweet memories and you surely don’t want to have a bad one.
These were the 8 hotel check-in tips you should follow whenever you book a hotel room. I am sure that these tips will help you with a smooth hotel check-in and have a memorable stay.
Have you got any pro tips for Hotel check-in or have faced any issues, do share that on the comment box. I would definitely share it our readers.