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Why do some hotels ask you to leave the key at the reception when you go out to come back later?

Sometimes when I check in at a hotel I am asked to drop the key at the reception before leaving the premises, even if I will stay longer. When this happens, I normally do like they ask me, but ...
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Any benefit to sticking with a particular hotel chain on US East Coast?

I am planning a trip to the US East Coast in August 2016. The idea is to drive from Boston to New York and perhaps Washington stopping at various places on the way. Duration will be around 8-9 days. ...
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How to judge a budget hotel's safety standards?

I will be staying at a budget hotel in southeast asia soon, I'd like to know how I can find out either beforehand or when I arrive if the hotel's safety standards are good, i.e. what to look for when '...
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How is it possible for a hotel to have Wifi but no internet access?

I have been looking at a few hotel aggregators (hotels.com, trivago.com & hostelworld.com) & have noticed that many of them have separate options for "Free Wifi" & "Free internet access". ...
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What happens if you don't pay booking.com cancellation fees

What happens if you book 2 hotels through booking.com and reach only one hotel without cancelling the other booking ? would that hotel charges include cancellation charges of first hotel ?
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Should I tip in-room dining in US? How and how much?

I will stay in a hotel at Evanston, IL. This is my second trip to US. I don't need to tip anyone in my home country, so the US tipping practice causes me headache. For the first day, I might request ...
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Do Las Vegas hotel rates change the further ahead you book?

Today I looked at room rates at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. In June the rates were ~$25 more expensive than in late July. I understand that July is a cheaper time in Vegas. So is the change in ...
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Holiday Inn - charge for cancelled reservation

Last night I booked a room for next weekend in a Holiday Inn. This morning, I got word that my event was moved, so I cancelled the Holiday Inn and booked a room in a hotel closer to the event. I just ...
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Should I tip if I get free amenities delivered at a hotel?

I'm staying at a nice hotel which has adopted the increasingly common approach of stocking only the absolute basics like soap & shampoo in the bathroom. They do offer a long list of other ...
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Last minute hotel deals

I am just curious if last minute hotel deals is actually a thing. I am not a big traveler and have no clue. But in theory if a hotel has a bunch of empty rooms for the current day, it would make ...
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Where Could I Find A Zero Star Hotel? [closed]

Say I was looking for weird and wonderful places to travel. If the Burj Al Arab is the first ever 7 star hotel, where could I travel to find a 0 star hotel?
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Is it typical throughout Greek islands that guests of one hotel can use the pool of another?

In Corfu, (Kerkyra) you can book a hotel and use its swimming pool. You can also roll up to any other swimming pool and use that, free of charge. Because you can use any swimming pool of a hotel or ...
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Leaving belongings in a capsule hotel

I am considering staying at Hotel Asakusa & Capsule for a few days. I know I have to leave the hotel during the day for cleaning, I don't mind this as I will be going around town anyways. ...
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Should I book hotels once or multiple times for weeks of staying?

I am considering traveling abroad for a relatively long-stay (3 to 12 weeks per country). While I don't know how the hotel price is determined, my first guess is that it might get me some discount if ...
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What is a “Partially open bathroom”?

I was browsing London hotels on hotels.com and noticed that many, in the room information section, said they had "partially open bathrooms". This includes one where the room is described as en-suite. ...
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Do any hotel chains do something like a Europe Pass? Like the Eurail pass, but for hotels

I am doing a tour of Europe for 3 weeks, and thought it would be convenient if I could flexibly book all my accommodation with the same hotel brand, for one flat price? Like the Euro Rail pass. E.g....
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What is a good outskirts area to stay in Washington DC [closed]

I am driving in to visit washingto DC. I was hoping to find a hotel along in an outskirt area somewhere with good access to the metro. This way cost are kept down and parking is much more likely to be ...
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How to book hotels as an unmarried couple in Dubai? [duplicate]

Hi my girlfriend works in Dubai and i ll be traveling there, so can i stay with her in a hotel? also can any one suggest good hotel to stay in dubai?
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Are towels in hotels always replaced at the end of the stay?

I'm mainly talking about 4-star-hotels in Germany. There are so many towels (see this question) that I usually would not use all of them. However, I was wondering if at the end of the stay, ...
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If I'm searching for a cheap room in Hanoi on foot, where should l look?

I'm arriving alone at Hanoi airport in the morning and I plan to search on foot for a cheap room with a fan. What areas of Hanoi can I go to that have a variety and dense concentration of hotels, ...
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Reservation for multiple room in hotel - different check-in time

I have made a reservation on a Hotel in Tokyo for 2 rooms (one for girlfriend/me, the latter for another couple). Since we are not traveling together I expect the other couple to arrive at the Hotel ...
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How does the Starwood Hotels in-app check-in work for affiliates without a keyless entry system?

I see that Starwood Properties has been rolling out the In App Check-in and Keyless entry but has not installed them yet at the Westin Brand in Scottsdale. Was wondering if you can still check-in ...
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Can I book a room on Motel 6 with a prepaid credit card? [duplicate]

I'm gonna be travelling to the US and I'm gonna stay in one of those Motel 6 in Connecticut. Can I book it with a prepaid credit card, if yes, how can I do it then?
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What are the advantages to booking a hotel via an online travel agent, rather than directly? [duplicate]

What are the advantages to booking a hotel via an online travel agent, rather than booking it directly with the hotel? Is it price, trust, convenience or something else?
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Low-cost hotel/motel chains in Italy

I will soon drive through the North in Italy and due to some unexpected events I will need to be back much earlier than expected. So I want to sleep somewhere along the way and I am trying to find a ...
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When should I book my hotel if prices are inflated due to a major event?

My problem: I recently booked a business trip about three months out, noticing slightly too late that there's a huge event (Formula 1 race) happening in town the previous weekend and all the remotely ...
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Why don't many hotels provide toothpaste as part of the toiletries supplies?

Most hotels I have stayed at will provide shampoo, conditioner, soap and body wash (even body balms), yet I don't think I've ever seen hotels provide toothpaste. Is there a particular reason why not?
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Do hotels in general expect that guests will take the toiletries provided with them?

When I have moved the shampoos and soaps from where they are placed in the room in the hotel, even if I clearly have not used it all up the people who clean the room will provide additional supplies. ...
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Hotel near Newark airport (EWR) for early morning use

I am arriving at Newark airport (EWR) at 6 in the morning, and my next flight is late in the evening. I would like to get a few hours of sleep after I arrive (and don't want to pay too much for it, ...
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Is it possible to share an individual hotel room?

I'm going to be living in a hotel in Germany for three weeks. I have booked and already payed an individual room for this time. My girlfriend has just told me that she wants to come to visit me one ...
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Why is just my wife had been bitten by bed bugs? [closed]

My wife and I are travelling for a few months. Several times my wife waked up explaining that she has been bitten by bed bugs, but I don't feel that I have been bitten. Why is my wife their only ...
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How do I find the cheapest date to book a given hotel?

I am looking for a site or service that allows me to search a hotel (or hotels, or a specific beach/location) for the cheapest date. Most sites want you to tell them when you plan to visit. I WANT ...
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Small Mexican hotel would not take credit card to book room

I called a small hotel in Mexico and tried to book a room. They didn't speak English, and I don't speak Spanish that well but I had Google Translate open. Everything went fine until I tried to pay the ...
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UK visa hotel booking and contact information

It seems like that this question has been asked for visas to other countries, but I am not sure if it applies juts the same for a UK short-term visit visa. I want to visit UK for 2 weeks and the visa ...
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Can I check into a European hotel without my passport? [duplicate]

Hotels in Europe seem to require (or at least want to see) your passport when you check in. What happens if I cannot (or don't wish to) give this information? For example, if I am traveling without ...
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Pay 16% tax at hotels for tourists?

As a tourist in Colombia, do I need to pay the 16% hotel tax? If not, how do I get this money back?
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What is a business center in a hotel?

I have been checking hotels like Hilton mention they have 'Business center' in their amenities. What is a business center ? I am travelling international to Paris without laptop/cell phone. Will I be ...
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What is the Difference Between Air Conditioning and Climate Control?

While searching for hotels on Expedia, I noticed that some say Climate Control, while others say Air Conditioning. I actually thought they meant the same thing until I saw that if you use the filters ...
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If a Dubai hotel sponsors my visa am I required to stay there?

My colleagues and I will be going to Dubai next week and our visas are currently in process by the hotel where we are booked at. Recently there has been a change of plans that may require a change in ...
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Swiss Airlines long layover (10+ hours) in Zurich Airport - Eligible for hotel accommodation?

I'm traveling with my family (with kids), from Frankfurt to US on Swiss Airlines. The trip will have long layover in Zurich Airport for more than 10 hours! Are we eligible for hotel room ...
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Hotel charged for booking, despite not having checked in [closed]

I applied for UK visitor visa for tourism however did not get visa. I had booked a hotel over the internet from 18th dec to 28 dec 2015 before applying my visa. however it charged me on my card on ...
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Cancel a Hotel Room After Checking in Online

I'm asking specifically about Hilton properties, but you can answer generally too. Once I check in to a hotel room online or in the hotel app, can I still cancel my reservation, for instance, if my ...
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Need advice on problems with Bookings.com and a hotel

Since the original post has gotten so many negative comments due to the tone, here is the actual question, and I will add the additional details (absent subjective comments and names) at the end. ...
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Can I have an unregistered guest come over at a hotel?

Can I let my friend come and join me in my hotel room, just for visiting? Not sleeping or eating.
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How to find hotels in Europe which allow for anonymous check-in?

A few years ago I've visited a hotel in Munich and was pleasantly surprised to find there was no reception as such. To get the keys you had to call a 24/7 support line, where you received a code to a ...
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Practical information to prepare a visit to Kakslauttanen (igloo village) in Finland [closed]

I am planning to visit this Igloo Village(kakslauttanen). What are the best times to visit and how to go about planning the trip for the same? A lot of information I found from here - http://...
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How to book a hotel in Havana? [closed]

I have difficulty booking a hotel in Havana from Feb 1 - Feb 4 in 2016. What would be the best way to book hotels in Cuba?
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Is there a hotel search engine which allows one to exclude shared rooms?

The main big hotel search websites I know: http://www.booking.com/ http://www.hotels.com/ http://www.laterooms.com/ list many "hotels" which also sell single beds in dorm rooms. Try searching for ...
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Is it legitimate for European hotels to ask for passport numbers?

In the European Union, data protection law applies, and typically includes provisions along the lines: Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or ...
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Non-refundable hotel stay

I have a non-refundable room booked at a Holiday Inn in the US, and they have charged me one night's stay already. I asked at IHG and they said they couldn't do anything as it was with the hotel. The ...