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How do I negotiate a lower price at a hotel?

When living and traveling in Mexico, I became quite accustomed to asking for discounts in many situations: At the market, at the car wash, and at hotels. I was usually successful in getting a lower ...
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What should I expect when I stay in a hotel?

I plan to stay in a hotel in Los Angeles, CA by myself for a few weeks in the near future. Is there anything important I should know about staying at a hotel? Things that I have considered but I'm ...
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Hotel booking sites with a calendar view?

I was a great fan of Wotif.com's calendar view, where you could punch a place and a start date and it would show you prices and availability for all hotels, which you could then filter down by your ...
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Am I expected to tip for room service on top of the Service and delivery fee?

I've noticed that most hotels with room service now charge a delivery fee (~$3) and a service charge (~21%) in addition to sales tax and on top of exorbitant markups on the food itself. A simple ...
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What do these different hotel rates mean?

I was looking at a hotel room that I might what to book and when I looked at the rate details and this is what I found: Tue 09 Jun 2015 - Wed 10 Jun 2015 $ 161.00 USD per night Wed 10 Jun 2015 - Thu ...
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Can you stay past the reservation date in a US hotel?

I recall reading (a long time ago) that if you are checked into a hotel and need to stay past the reservation date, they are not permitted to throw you out. I ask because I was about to make a ...
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What is usually an American breakfast outside of the US?

A number of hotels outside of the US offer something they call an American Breakfast. What does that usually include in terms of food and beverage? I have seen this choice offered in a few countries ...
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Finding Twin rooms

I'm checking a lot of sites trying to find twin rooms, on both Expedia and Agoda, and unless I'm looking at hostels there seems to be a considerable lack of twin rooms advertised. Is this a case ...
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Door stopper for hotel room

It's been a few times that I read that on helpful item for personal security is a door stopper which stops people from crashing through a hotel room door. I know this is not a concern in all places ...
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Is there a hotel / B&B Finder using Google or Bing maps?

I'm looking for a good site that lists Hotels and B&B on top of Google Maps or Bing Maps. That has tool tips with prices and availability. What is the best site of this kind?
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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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Daytime airport hotel at JFK?

I have a 9-hour layover at New York JFK. From 10am until 7pm (although I have to checkin at 3pm for personal reasons). This being in the middle of a 2-day travel, I would love to take a break to ...
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What are the advantages of booking through a booking site instead of booking directly with the hotel?

Should I use booking.com, airbnb or any site like that? Why should I? Are there any advantages?
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What is the difference between folio and invoice in hotel management?

I was curious about the difference between folio and invoice in hotel management terms. Some hotel say invoice and others say folio. Are there difference?
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Can you dive into Berlin's Radisson Blu Aquadom?

I'm trying to find out if it's possible to dive into Radisson Blu's Aquadom. I know that there's a lift for tourists that takes you "inside" the aquarium, but I'm looking for scuba diving. Does anyone ...
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How can I find the cheapest private hotel room (as opposed to a bed in a dorm) using online tools?

I tried the standard tools like Kayak or Momondo, but there the cheapest option is always a bed in a dormitory. In particular I was searching for Amsterdam and the first few pages of results (sorted ...
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Does the Yagmur Continental hotel in Dubai really exist?

I've received this link about the hotel: http://yagmurcontinental.besaba.com/Home/ but I have two questions: Why is its address "PO Box"? What about its real address? Why is it not in sites such as ...
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Help remembering name of hotel in near Łódź, Poland?

This summer I was in Poland. We drove around by car and visited several small villages. I some help to remember the name of the village and the hotel we stayed in. I have only some very vague hints: ...
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What parts of the Central or South Coast of California should I consider when looking for a surfing beach with beachfront hotels?

After asking "What affordable beachfront hotels in or near San Diego should I consider?", it occurred to me I may want to consider other areas of the South Coast or even Central Coast of California. ...
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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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How much to tip for a free meal in Mexico?

The hotels in the area when I am staying often offer breakfast included with the room. At the end of the meal, they usually drop off a tray with candies which also says 'Tips' or 'Propina' (Spanish ...
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Is it possible to aggregate different hotel bookings in one search?

When you search for a hotel in a given period and for some reason that period is a special period, finding a hotel can be tedious. If for example the first day a hotel is full, you often will get a ...
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Where can I stay with a pool in room in north east USA?

My husband and I are looking for a hotel/resort/inn (etc.) that has the option of a room with a private pool. A fireplace and 2 person jacuzzi / hot tub would also be a big plus. The accommodation ...
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Should I leave tips in Latvian hotels

Should I leave tips in hotels in Latvia? Each day I put 2-3 lats (about 4-6 dollars) on the table, but each evening I'm returning to the room I find money untouched. This is my first country where ...
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In Dubai, Can the hotel seize your passport and documents for being unable to pay your bill fully?

In Dubai, Can the hotel seize your passport and documents for being unable to pay your bill fully? I have a friend currently in dubai and ran out of money and the hotel seized her passport and other ...
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Are hotels in California fully booked during summer or is it easy to get a hotel room?

My family and I are going on a summer vacation to the west coast of USA (We are from Europe), but I was wondering if it is necessary to book all the hotels before we go, or if it is easy to get a ...
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What's the best time to get “last-minute” discount hotel prices?

Some online travel sites (I'm thinking of Hotwire specifically, but the question applies more generally) offer low rates on high-quality hotels if you're willing to not specify exactly where you want ...
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Do hotels in Japan always have manual baths in their rooms?

In Japan, most homes have automatic baths which set up the bath at a pre-set temperature and pre-set level. However twice I stayed at high priced hotels and the room bath was a manual bath like you ...
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Can you receive mail at hotels weeks before you arrive?

Do hotels accept mail for guests that haven't arrived yet? Even weeks in advance? I am buying tickets for an event (see this question), but the vendor can only mail tickets to a Japanese address. I ...
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Can you book hotels on a prepaid credit card worldwide?

I tend to stay at smaller boutique hotels or local apartments when I visit a city but recently due to some credit card issues I will need to depend on prepaid Visa. But I noticed when I try to shop ...
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Sleeping near San Jose airport (Costa Rica)

I am arriving at the San Jose airport in Costa Rica rather late in the evening (with small children). I would like to stay overnight somewhere close, ideally without going into San Jose itself (which ...
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Website to identify low season for hotels

I use online booking websites (Agoda, Booking.com, ...) to check hotels prices; But they are good when you know the time of travel. I want to plan my vacation and it can be any time. So, I started to ...
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Is there a way to avoid the so called “resort fee”?

Many nicer hotels are getting away with a so called resort fee these days. Basically, this is an additionally daily charge usually between $25 and $70 after the room rate and taxes. I hear roughly the ...
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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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Teletext Subtitles on Romanian Television

There is a teletext feature on the televisions in the hotel rooms. In England there was a way to get subtitles to appear by going to the teletext interface and entering 888. As far as I know this is ...
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Should I leave cash tips for housekeeping each day of a multi-day stay?

This seems like a bit of a trivial question, but: when staying in a hotel for multiple nights in a row in a location where tipping the housekeeping staff is customary, is it better to leave cash tips ...
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Is there a site like Jetsetter for France/Europe?

I use Jetsetter frequently for hotel deals in the US and sometimes abroad. I know Gilt (Jetsetter's owner) is loosely based on Vente Privee, according to this NY Times article anyway. Its ...
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How reliable are hotels' information on their websites?

I want to book a room in a hotel in Germany, But I'm not sure how trustworthy the information on their websites is. Have you ever booked a room in a hotel online? If so, did it come across as ...
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Is it safe to stay outside the Boulevard Périphérique in Paris?

I'm planning on staying in Paris with my wife for a few days in April. I've found a number of hotels for a reasonable price and with overall good reviews on TripAdvisor. But all of them are located in ...
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booking.com: do I need to show printed confirmations?

When booking hotels via booking.com I used to print the confirmation from booking.com and show this printed paper in the hotel receiption. But is this necessary? Maybe it's enough to tell my surname ...
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Cockroaches in a Greek hotel, what can I do and what are my rights?

I stayed in a hotel on a Greek island and one morning I found a cockroach (alive) in the shower; later that day I spotted a dead one on one corner of the hall. It was pretty clear that the hotel had ...
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Cheap hostel around London City Airport

Is there any cheap hostel around London City Airport? Preferably the hostel should be reachable by foot. I would be arriving at the London City Airport at about 8.30pm someday during May, so I am ...
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Traveling without paying lodging fees in America

I want to travel around the East Coast without paying for lodging. I'd be willing to sleep in my car or even pitch a tent somewhere. Is this a problem? Legal? I really want to get to the beach this ...
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Is there an app or website that evaluates individual hotel rooms?

I just heard on the radio of an app, that where seat guru evaluates the seat in an airplane, they give hotel evaluations on individual rooms. This app would tell you for example when you would not ...
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How much is it appropriate to tip in Palm Beach?

I'm going to be traveling to Palm Beach in two weeks, and I wanted to make sure I don't offend anyone, specially people I may need to ask for favors later :) From the van that'll transfer me to the ...
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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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Mattresses are too soft: how can I get a better night's sleep in a hotel?

I've noticed that mattresses (and pillows) in hotels tend to be softer than I'm used to, and I don't get a good night's sleep like I do at home. I don't have anything super-special going on (no weird ...
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Strange hotel sheets in Mongolia

I'm in my first hotel in Mongolia, at the border town with China called "Zamyn-Uud". The hotel actually has a cheap dormitory room with four beds and only me staying. Each bed has a kind of ...
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Finding a quiet hotel in Madrid

I'm trying to find a quiet hotel in Madrid that's not too far out of the way. Normally, I'd just hit a hotel booking website, pick a few in the right geographical area and price range, and check the ...
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Where is it expected to tip housekeeping?

Following on from this question about how it is appropriate to tip housekeeping where it is expected. In what countries/regions is it expected to tip housekeeping? Does this expectation vary depending ...