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How to Book a Hotel Room (Like a Boss): Part 2

May 8, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (2)

Booking a hotel room isn't exactly rocket science. Find the hotel you like, click on the room or rate you like and boom, you're booked. But when there are so many ways to book a room--through the hotel, through an independent booking site, on your phone, etc.--things can get a little crazy. And if you're comparison shopping, then you can really get sucked into the dizzying booking vortex as you hunt down the best price.

Luckily, we've got a former front desk manager on hand who will tell you how to book a hotel room like a boss. (The bad ass person kind, not the actual boss of a company kind.)

Here are his Do's and Don'ts of Booking a Hotel Room. Yesterday, we gave you the DO's. Today it's onto the DON'TS. Got a question about booking a hotel room? Let us know!

THE DONíTS OF BOOKING A HOTEL ROOM (as told by a former front desk manager)

1. DONíT only rely on the traditional booking sites like Tripadvisor, Expedia and Travelocity for bookings. There are some other fantastic that offer travelers a truly customized booking experience based on your mood or even a specific amenity. Some of these include Tablet, HotelTonight, and Gogobot.

2. DONíT deal with multiple hotel staff when trying to book with the hotel. We are all one team and word gets around fast that a guest is trying to play the field. Trust that we do try our best to accommodate your every request. Going through the front desk agent, then a manager and then making a call to the Resident Manager is just going to frustrate the hotel staff. We are fully aware of how valuable your business is to us and we are going to do our best.

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How to Book a Hotel Room (Like a Boss): Part 1

May 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Booking a hotel room isn't exactly rocket science. Find the hotel you like, click on the room or rate you like and boom, you're booked. But when there are so many ways to book a room--through the hotel, through an independent booking site, on your phone, etc.--things can get a little crazy. And if you're comparison shopping, then you can really get sucked into the dizzying booking vortex as you hunt down the best price.

Luckily, we've got a former front desk manager on hand who will tell you how to book a hotel room like a boss. (The bad ass person kind, not the actual boss of a company kind.)

Here are his Do's and Don'ts of Booking a Hotel Room. Today, we're accentuating the positive and telling you the Do's. Tomorrow, we'll bring you the Don'ts. Got a question about booking a hotel room? Let us know!

THE DOíS OF BOOKING A HOTEL ROOM (as told by a former front desk manager)

1. DO remember that booking through a third party website does not guarantee a room type. So when you need a room with two double beds for a family of four, it is best to book through the hotel website to ensure that the hotel themselves give you the guarantee. (At the very least call the hotel to double check that they have got your request.)

2. DO reach out to a contact at the hotel for a booking reservation if you have one. This serves two purposes, 1) Hotel folk loved to be recognized as "your trusted contact" (even though you are using them) and 2) When you are a loyal guest making direct contact, hotel staff are more likely to take care of things in your favor.

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