For questions related to "hotels" specifically rather than "accommodation" generally. See also the "hostels" tag.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

23
votes
4answers
8k views

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". ...
10
votes
2answers
152 views

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....
5
votes
1answer
68 views

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 '...
7
votes
4answers
141 views
+400

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 ...
26
votes
2answers
48k views

Can a hotel kick you out if you let an unregistered guest share a room with you?

We are going to an event and because of this event all hotels are fully booked. Now a friend wants to join us, but can't find accommodation. We are okay with him crashing in our hotel room, either on ...
5
votes
1answer
124 views

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 ?
7
votes
2answers
704 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
490 views

Need to catch an early morning taxi from central Paris to CDG airport!

I need to catch an early morning international flight at 08:00 am from Paris CDG, so I need a taxi at around 05:00 am to get from my hotel which is located at central Paris close to Arc de Triomphe. ...
2
votes
2answers
74 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
193 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
130 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
69 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
113 views

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?
3
votes
1answer
133 views

Finding a hotel booking site that really books the hotel (for Mumbai)

I want to travel Mumbai and stay for one day there. I want to book a hotel for one day. I want to book a hotel online but can't find any suitable way of doing it. Whenever I try to book a hotel, ...
8
votes
1answer
94 views

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. ...
6
votes
6answers
2k views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
172 views

Is there a JFK airport hotel which allows cats?

There are a number of hotels in a group (Hampton, etc) by JFK airport. Is there one which allows pet cats (cat travelling in a cat box) to stay overnight with human guests? (Whether in the room or ...
10
votes
1answer
430 views

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. ...
5
votes
4answers
342 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
53 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
141 views

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?
6
votes
5answers
599 views

Are there any “extended stay” or “multiroom suites” in hotels in England?

I'm from the US, and here there are a number of options for staying in a hotel which offer more than one adjoining room. Residence Inns are a great example where I can get a bedroom and a sitting room/...
9
votes
1answer
121 views

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, ...
8
votes
2answers
105 views

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, ...
18
votes
6answers
1k views

In which places in China can travellers not stay at just any random local hotel?

I have now heard a couple of times from different sources that in some parts of China you can't just stay wherever you feel like as a tourist. I hitchhiked from the Lao border to the Mongolian border ...
7
votes
1answer
60 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
240 views

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?
3
votes
2answers
95 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

What do hotels (in the US) do to control and erradicate bed bugs? How good are they?

Related to this question. I've moved into a telecommuting position that requires me to travel to the worksite once or twice a month and stay in a hotel. One of the things I'm paranoid about is staying ...
13
votes
4answers
1k views

Are there hotels where children are not allowed?

Are there hotels that don't accept children? I must admit that this question is a case of reverse psychology. I am more interested in the opposite. Children tend to raise quite some emotions with ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

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?
11
votes
2answers
317 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
62 views

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?
12
votes
2answers
37k views

Why do hotel booking sites ask for the number of people? Does it matter how many I say?

I was planning a stay at a hotel in Chicago for an overnight layover and checking prices on the hotel's booking site (in this case the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport) for a room with 2 double beds. The ...
4
votes
2answers
181 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
183 views

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 ...
27
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
98 views

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, ...
3
votes
1answer
83 views

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. ...
6
votes
1answer
104 views

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?
14
votes
5answers
2k views

What style of bathroom facilities are in Hong Kong hotels?

If I attend a conference in Hong Kong, and stay in the Sheraton Hong Kong, does it have Western style bathroom facilities (seated), or Eastern (squat)?
4
votes
3answers
194 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
207 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
96 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
77 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
116 views

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 ...
31
votes
5answers
10k views

What is the purpose of this cloth in hotel?

What is the purpose of the cloth across the bed? I see it at many hotels and it does not seem to serve any purpose other than make it look nice. Any idea what it can be used for? Ps. The purplish ...
12
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...