Hotel accommodation is one of the most expensive parts of any holiday. Beyond the cost of the room, other charges can quickly add up to make your stay cost a lot more than you may have anticipated. Below, we highlight ten great tips for avoiding surprises upon checkout.
1. Steer Clear Of Room Service – As tempting as it may be, room service – including the price of the meal and the tip – can make your bill soar. Best to avoid it.
2. Watch Those Phone Charges – Pay close attention to what the hotel charges for making calls. Local calls are not always free of charge, and long distance calls can cost a great deal of money. Use the phone in your room sparingly.
3. Avoid The Minibar – Don’t take anything out of the minibar, if there’s one in your room. Drinks and snacks in the minibar can cost up to three times the normal price.
4. Take Advantage Of Free Breakfasts – Try to book a hotel that offers complimentary breakfasts – then have a large breakfast before heading out each day. This can cut back on your overall food bill significantly.
5. Choose A Hotel With A Gym – If working out is an important part of routine, book a stay somewhere that has a decent gym. You can easily find a cheap hotel that has one, and it can save you cash.
6. Don’t Rent Films In The Room – Films are often available in your room, but they come with an astronomical price. Stick with the free programming that is offered on television to avoid incurring extraneous – and expensive – charges.
7. Get Free Parking – Look for a
http://www.lastminute.com/site/travel/hotels/”>cheap hotel that offers free parking if you’ll be arriving with a vehicle. Places that charge for parking do so on a per-day basis that can be very pricey indeed.
8. Don’t Check Out Late – On the last morning of your stay, avoid the temptation to check out late for a fee. It’s one extra expense that really isn’t worth it, so plan ahead and be out the door on time.
9. Use Complimentary Newspapers – Many hotels offer free newspapers. As cheap as newspapers are, it’s still an extra way to save a bit of money during a holiday, so choose one that offers them.
10. Seek Out Optional Housekeeping Services – Some lower end hotels offer optional housekeeping – i.e., you pay extra for the service. By tidying up your own room, you can save a bit of money during your stay, so keep this option in mind.
Roo Sadegi is a travel writer based in London’s East End, although he spends much of his time travelling around Europe’s travel hotspots.