20 Insider Secrets The Big Hotel Chains Don’t Want You To Know About.
Spring break is just around the corner. Kids everywhere will be out of school and everyone is planning a vacation. During this time of year, the hotel industry is a huge cash cow, and rooms are almost always marked up to hundreds of dollars. So, when you pay those high premiums, what exactly are you paying for?
If you've ever wondered if the sheets you are sleeping on have been changed, how to get a free movie, or how much bang you're really getting for your buck, check out the tips and secrets below.
#1. Ask for clean linens.
In most hotels, the sheets are washed daily. The blankets may be washed weekly and the bed covers are lucky to see soap and water monthly. If you ask for a full set of clean linens at the front desk, everything will most likely be changed.
One hotel employee confessed, "The mattress cover and the sheet – those are the only parts that get washed."
#2. Don't touch the remote until you clean it yourself.
The remotes for the TV are rarely cleaned and are the perfect place for the rhinovirus, a germ that can cause the common cold.
#3. Valet park at your own risk.
Normally, hotels aren't liable for what happens to your car at the hands of a valet. Think twice before handing your keys off.
#4. The employees of nicer hotels have special allowances for guests.
One hotel employee reported, "I worked for the Ritz Carlton for a few years. In my orientation, the HR rep told everyone that each employee has a special allowance of $1,500 to make sure they can help the guests feel like their stay would be memorable."
#5. Avoid a 24-hour cancellation fee.
If you find yourself in a situation where you have to cancel and want to avoid the fee call the hotel and have your reservation moved out a week for whatever reason, then call back and cancel your future reservation.
#6. Hotel pools aren't the enemy.
Due to their extremely high levels of chlorine, hotel pools aren't exactly hotbeds for bacteria. However, the pool furniture might be.
#7. Try to stay quiet.
Most hotel rooms are not soundproof. So, if you are up partying or enjoying each others company, please keep the noise down and stay on the good side of the other guests and hotel security.
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