3. Collect your souvenirs. We're not being cheap by grabbing everything that's available to take in the hotel room. No, not at all. Rather, it's a way for us to remember our hotel stay (ok, and maybe go a little longer without having to buy new lotion.) Notepads, stationary, pencils, pens, slippers (but not the robes or they will charge you), toiletries, room keys and even the plastic laundry bags are all ways to "remember" a hotel stay, even a crappy one.
4. Review your expenses. If you bought something in your hotel room--WiFi, minibar snacks, or room service-you should always review your charges. Hotels make "mistakes" all the time, usually in the form of double-billing. For instance, you ordered a movie on-demand but the hotel charged you twice. You used the WiFi for one day, the hotel dinged you for two days. You grabbed a Snickers from the minibar, the hotel charged you for the Snickers and the Peanut M&Ms that were next to it. (Darn, sensor-operated minibars!) If you're leaving early in the morning, review the charges with the front desk the night before. It's a bit of a pain but resolving bill charges after you check-out is even more annoying.
5. Tip your housekeeper. If a housekeeper came by and made your bed, replaced your towels and generally straightened up your sh*t, they deserve a tip, especially if they did it a few days in a row. The general rule of thumb is a couple of dollars each day. And you should leave that tip out each day, in a clearly marked spot (perhaps with a note), so that the housekeeper cleaning your room on that very day gets it. But we've also been known to drop a fiver before checking out to make up for the days when we didn't have cash. We also like to gather up all the towels and put them in a pile near the door to help out the housekeeper. But that may also be because we've have strange neat freak tendencies.
Optional: Chuck Deuces, as suggested by a commenter.
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[All photos: HotelChatter]