Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How to Book a Hotel Room

Whether you pack your vacation full of athletic endeavors, sightseeing or trips to the pool, you'll need a place to relax and rejuvenate at the end of each day. Learn to book a well-appointed, convenient hotel room at the best price to ensure you'll enjoy your stay. Read on to learn how to book a hotel room.


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      Gather friends' suggestions, study a city's travel guide or consider the list of local hotels listed on an attraction or a city's promotional website to narrow your hotel choices once you've selected a destination.
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      Determine the exact dates of your trip, then call each hotel's reservations desk to confirm room rates and availability. Confirm how many adults and children are in your party and the number and type of beds you'd like. Ask about available discounts such as a specific time of year or travel club membership and packages that may also include theme park or sightseeing packages.
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      Discuss the check-in and checkout times. They'll be important if you're coordinating your flight reservation. If you've already made travel arrangements, however, see if the hotel has early check-in or if it will stow your baggage while you head out to explore while your room is being prepared.
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      Discover what amenities the price will provide. Although the fact that the room doesn't have a coffee maker, iron, blow dryer and free Internet connection may not affect your decision, it can alter your trip's budget and packing requirements. Ask about the cost for extras, like a room with special concierge services or a better view.
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      Keep your credit card and a pen and paper handy as you book the room. The reservations desk will need your credit card number as a deposit (you'll be able to use a different one to charge your room, if desired) and you'll need paper to jot down important information.
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      Note your confirmation number in the event of future disputes about your reservation. Many hotels will also mail or email a sheet highlighting the price, dates and details.
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      Check the reservation again as you approach the date, even if you've received a confirmation. Double-check the cancellation policy in case you need to postpone your trip at the last-minute.