No one should have to settle for a hotel room when traveling. It’s supposed to feel like a second home! So, before you commit to a room, consider a few important factors.
If sightseeing is the goal, the location should be ideal, and rooms with complementary water bottles earn extra points if they are located outside of the United States. Take a look, and keep these tips in mind the next time you need to book a hotel.
Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location, Location.
When looking for a hotel, the first thing a tourist should do is decide where they want to stay. “If you’re [going] for the sake of sightseeing, it’s incredibly vital to be in an area that’s highly accessible,” says Friendly Planet Travel president Peggy Goldman.
This does not always imply that attractions are within walking distance. If walking isn’t an option, though, be sure the accommodation is close to public transportation.
Although location is crucial, the most important thing to look for in a hotel room is what is about to happen. So, don’t stop reading!.
Is there a mobile check-in option at the hotel?.
With many places looking into fewer face-to-face contact options, look to see if the hotel has a mobile check-in through a phone application. It will greatly reduce the amount of time a traveler has to be in line at the front desk, signing all of the paperwork and handing over their credit card information.
The mobile check-in allows travelers to bypass the boring logistics, head straight to their room to drop off their bags, and start sight-seeing right away!.
Examine the cleaning procedures at the hotel.
People are only just beginning to feel comfortable traveling outside of their living rooms after spending much of 2020 and much of 2021 at home. However, this necessitates a high level of trust in hotel cleaning practices.
Before booking a room, be sure to look into the hotel’s safety and cleaning guidelines to ensure they are properly cleaning rooms after each guest. According to Scott Berman, a representative from The Points Guy, eventually, there will be brand standards for cleaning. So keep an eye out when making a reservation.
Wipe down any areas that have a lot of germs.
Even with new cleaning protocols being put in place, there is no shame in bringing cleaning wipes. Remote controls, doorknobs, and light switches are all high germ areas, and wiping them down with a Clorox wipe goes a long way!.
Especially the latter, which is widely considered to be the most germ-infested part of hotel rooms. If wipes aren’t an option, soap and warm water from the bathroom will do the trick!.
The highest priority is always safety.
Once a traveler finds a hotel, it’s important to check out the surrounding area before booking a room. Since walking around is one of the best ways to get to know a new city, it’s best to do so in a safe area, right?.
A good way to learn about a hotel’s surrounding area is as easy as looking at online sources such as TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, or even the hotel’s reviews. Also, there is a lot to be said about trusting one’s gut. If a hotel doesn’t feel safe, leave.
Safety inside a hotel is important, too. Keep reading to learn about a top-notch safety procedure all travelers should get in the habit of doing.
Take off the bed’s comforter.
One thing a lot of people don’t think about when checking into their hotel room is the cleanliness of the bed’s comforter. In many hotels, the type of comforter used has special cleaning instructions that housekeeping rarely does.
Instead of sleeping with an unclean blanket, just remove it altogether. With the ability to change the thermostat in the room, guests will be plenty warm enough using the sheet and duvet.
If you have the option, go for non-carpeted floors.
Carpets might be vacuumed on a regular basis, but they’re rarely shampooed. There’s no telling what types of germs linger in the depths of those threads, even if they are a bit nicer to step on in the morning.
Even so, if there is an option for a wood or tile floor, choose it. Bare floors are scrubbed down on a daily basis, making them much more sanitary to walk on without socks and shoes.
Check to see if the auto-lock on the door is working properly.
When it comes to the auto-lock, people are very willing to assume it works. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. It’s important to make sure the lock works properly.
Walking out of the room with the room key, close the door and make sure it won’t reopen. If it does, travelers should gather all of their belongings and ask the front desk for a room change. No one should have to stay in an unsafe room.
Examine the bathroom for any signs of mold.
Something many travelers don’t consider when dropping their luggage off in a hotel room is to check the bathroom for mold, particularly the caulking in the shower. The cleanliness of the caulking can say a lot about a place, namely whether or not someone should be wasting their money to spend the night.
Friendly Planet Travel president and founder Peggy Goldman says, “[caulking] tells you something about how the hotel is maintained, how important cleanliness is.”.
Good Night, Sleep Tight, and Stay Away From The Bed Bugs.. I’m serious.
Unfortunately, even the greatest hotels can be infested with bed bugs. It only takes one unwitting traveler to introduce bed bugs into a hotel room, and the room becomes infected. The issue is, the staff won’t know about the issue until someone tips them off.
As a result, it’s critical to conduct a bed bug inspection as soon as possible. This way, if uninvited guests are lurking in the mattress, travelers can notify the front desk and get a room change asap.
Bed bugs aren’t the only thing to keep an eye out for. Next, find out what else travelers should look for on their linens and towels.
Examine sheets and towels for stray hairs, make-up stains, and other blemishes.
No one should have to stay in a hotel room that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned, including the towels and linens. That means there should be no stray hairs, make-up smears, mold, or a distinct body indentation on the bed.
So, when first arriving at a hotel room, travelers might want to take a minute and pull the comforter and duvet back to check the fitted sheet and mattress pad. Also, just in case, take a quick check at the towels.
Check to see that the thermostat is in good working order.
There’s nothing worse than getting into bed and discovering that the hotel room is too hot or too cold. That’s no longer the case. It’s much worse when you get out of bed to change the thermostat only to discover it isn’t working.
As a result, it’s critical to double-check the thermostat as soon as you enter the hotel room. If it still doesn’t work, go to the front desk. They’ll take care of everything.
Know the Hotel’s Evacuation Procedures.
While travelers will hopefully never have to use it, there is no harm in being familiar with the hotel’s escape plan in case there is an emergency. A sheet listing possible escape routes from that specific place is usually found in each room.
Take a look at it for a minute or two because you never know when knowing the location of the nearest stairwells or fire escapes can come in handy in an emergency.
Is there a supply of toiletries in the bathroom?.
Many hotels provide shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, and even toothpaste as complimentary toiletry supplies. As a result, it’s critical to double-check the bathroom to ensure that everything is on the counter or in the shower.
It’s the most effective approach to avoid a sticky scenario, such as getting into the shower and discovering there’s nothing to wash with. If something goes lost, a short call to the front desk usually solves the problem!.
If the hotel does not provide toiletries, this upcoming option could be useful.
A Gold Star is awarded for providing complimentary bottled water.
Especially when traveling outside of the United States, travelers have to be careful when it comes to drinking water. In places like Thailand and Mexico, tap water isn’t an option. So, one of the first things to do when arriving in a hotel room is to check and see if there is any bottled water around.
Not only does the hotel get an extra star for supplying water, but travelers will be happy when they wake up in the middle of the night thirsty and wanting to drink from the sink but can’t!.
Examine the state of the coffee.
For many people, the day would not be complete without a cup of coffee in the morning. And it doesn’t matter if they’re staying in a hotel! As a result, when booking a room, make sure to check out the coffee issue.
When a hotel promotes “free coffee” in rooms, they usually mean instant coffee with powdered creamer. If that isn’t enough, consider bringing coffee bags. Similar to tea bags, this coffee tastes a bit better than instant coffee and won’t have travelers scrambling to find a café.
You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Request A Different Pillow.
People stay in hotels mostly to have a place to sleep in a foreign city. That is why, when entering their hotel, one of the first things passengers should do is lie down in the bed. Don’t be scared to speak up if the pillow is lumpy or the bed has a strange dip in it.
People in the service sector, according to Peggy Goldman, are happy to assist guests, give them fresh pillows, or even transfer rooms if they ask respectfully.
Make sure you have a “How-To” list on hand.
It might not seem like the most important thing, but there’s nothing worse than going to flip through television channels at night only to find out the remote control is way more complicated than it looks.
Consider looking for the helpful “how-to” instruction after dropping your stuff off in the hotel room. This normally instructs guests on how to operate the television and, if necessary, how to set the alarm clock.
The importance of on-site shops in the hotel lobby cannot be overstated.
Nothing is more frustrating than arriving at a hotel, unpacking, and discovering that the cell phone charger, toothpaste, and hairbrush are still sitting on the kitchen counter at home, waiting to be packed.
It’s convenient to have an on-site store in the hotel lobby for necessities like these. Before making a reservation, look over the hotel’s website to see what it has to offer, especially if you have a strange proclivity for forgetting stuff at home!.
Make use of the hotel safe.
When booking a hotel room, guests should look for ones that include a safe. While they may appear ridiculous and insecure, these safes are a better way of securing personal belongings than risking it by placing them on the counter.
These safes can hold passports, stray cash, cameras, and even tablets. It’s just one of those things that gives travelers a sense of security while they’re out and about.