• What to check out while you check into your resort

    2016-12-09

    Once you've arrived at your destination and found your hotel, you may have the urge to grab your room key and take a nap or head to the pool. Before you do, make sure that everything is up to your standards and that you're getting your money's worth with these travel tips.

    1. See if your room is on the floor you want
    Everyone in your large travel group may have booked the same room type at the same hotel, but this doesn't mean you will all be on the same floor. Some of your companions may have landed sleeping quarters on the 12th level with stunning views. Meanwhile you're forced to call the 2nd floor your temporary home. At many resorts these rooms are the same prices, despite the major difference in views. Determine what's important to you - does room size and accessibility matter most to you? The first or second floor may suit you well.

    "For some guests, size matters," Preston Muller of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida, explained to CNN. "The larger the accommodation, the better. Some people prefer accommodations on a high level of a building, while others think the best rooms in the house are on the first or second floor for easy and quick access," says Preston.

    However, if you're chasing after that view and didn't get one, it's worth asking for a higher floor during check in. Hotel staff can be very accommodating if you're polite and patient.

    2. Ask if a late check out is an option
    Many hotels usually have an 11:00 a.m. check out time. According to MainStreet, plenty of resorts will allow you to stay multiple hours after this designated time if you ask during check in. This can be a lifesaver if you're on business travel and don't want to bring your bags to your morning meeting the day you leave.

    3. Determine how the hotel will handle your credit card
    No one likes to end their vacation with a bill that's a lot higher than they predicted. Ask the receptionist at the front desk if there are any resort fees, which include small expenses added to your bill for "free" amenities like WiFi and daily newspapers. Similarly, it's always a good idea to see how they will charge you for extra expenses, such as spa treatments. Elizabeth Moriarty, vice president for product development with Delta Vacations, warned travelers that the hotel may put a hold on credit cards.

    "Travelers should be aware that hotels often put a hold on credit cards for incidentals, like spa charges, room service, or anything else not included in the rate," Moriarty told Conde Nast Traveler magazine. "This can affect the traveler's available credit, especially when traveling internationally. Knowing the answer will help ensure there are no unfortunate surprises while shopping or dining."

    4. Find out if you get any perks for staying at your resort
    Many hotels are affiliated with local museums and other attractions. What does this mean for you? Guests may get discounts on tickets, get to skip the lines or even get free tours of certain sites if you ask. The thing to remember about these perks is that they may not be advertised as well as they should be. Your hotel may have a few hidden offerings that you'd never know about if you didn't ask.

    5. Make sure your room will allow you peace and quiet when needed
    Whether you have to get up early in the morning for a meeting or want the kids to get a good night's rest for a long day of sight seeing, you'll want your room to be quiet at night. This means that you should ensure your room is far from the elevators, ice machine and any exits at check in. Hotel staff will usually understand if you're on family travel with your children in tow and request for a room change.

    It's also smart to see if your room will have a connecting door. These doors make it very easy to hear your neighbor's conversations, their television, snoring and everything in between. In most resorts there are rooms with and without these doors, so asking for a room without one often results in a quick and simple change.

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