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What happens if you cannot pay for a hotel?

What happens if you cannot pay for your hotel stay because you accidentally run out of money (can happen) or your credit card was blocked (much more likely)? I assume you cannot arrange the money on ...
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Is there any way to spend a night in a European castle?

I spent a night in a jail converted to a hotel in Switzerland, and it made me wonder if there is a real castle converted to an hotel in Europe. And with "real" I mean the castle should have a ...
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Is there any way of evaluating the quality of a hotel's internet connection in advance?

I'm on the road a lot for work. I tend to end up staying at a lot of budget chain hotels that offer free wi-fi. So far so good. But sadly, not all wi-fi is created equal. The past few weeks I've been ...
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What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?

Bed bugs have become a real problem recently, with more and more places reporting outbreaks. What can you do to avoid being exposed to these nasty parasites? If you do get exposed, what can you do ...
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I have discovered that the hotel room toilet is blocked, but too late :/

Ok, I have used the toilet after holding myself for too long because of a long haul flight and I am not comfortable using the airplane's lavatory. The problem is, after releasing all the damn load, I ...
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What are the rates posted on hotel room doors / in the lobby for?

When I'm travelling, I often see hotel room rates posted on the back of the hotel room door (typically in the US) or in the lobby, behind the check-in desk. These rates are typically eye-wateringly ...
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If you go to the pool and find all the sunbeds have towels on and you have nowhere to sit, what do you do?

When I've been staying in a hotels in Spain I often go down to the pool in the morning and find that there are no sunbeds to sit on because people have reserved them with towels. I'm never 100% if a ...
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Is there a website dedicated to odd hotels?

There is a boeing 747 hotel in Sweden. Is there a search engine or any other way to find similar odd hotels per destination?
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People in the next room in my hotel are having noisy sex; I can't sleep! What to do?

The people in the next room are having sex all night! it is early morning and I can not sleep and my flight is in a few hours! Their bed is hitting the wall because of the action which makes a great ...
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Are ice hotels actually comfortable to sleep in?

I've always been interested in visiting the Ice Hotel at JukkasjÀrvi here in Sweden, but the combination of cold & possibly hard "beds" has so far managed to put me off. I'd like to hear from ...
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Is it possible to book an hotel being a minor?

I've been in Morocco nearly a month, and it will soon be time for my return. During my stay here, checking into hotel rooms hasn't been an issue, but businesses aren't nearly as lenient about that ...
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What is the use of all these towels?

I stayed at hotels in different places, and each hotel provides different set of towels. But sometimes I don't know what is the purpose of each towel! For example, attached two photos from a ...
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Are there companies that offer worldwide wifi roaming for a fixed fee?

I am aware of the following related question: Overview of wireless in airports. If it is free it would be nice, but I am willing to pay for my Internet access at airports/hotels. The only problem is ...
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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 do many hotels have against stairs?

Today, while waiting a rather long time for a lift to take me just one floor, I got wondering. In almost all the hotels I stay in, the only option to get between reception and your room is to take a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Opaque hotel booking sites?

In this question, I first heard of opaque hotel booking sites. It sounds very interesting, but I don't know such a site. So my question is: Where should I start to look for opaque hotel booking sites? ...
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I am looking for a hotel search engine for rural areas

I am trying to find a bucolic holiday destination, which means finding a nice hotel in a small beautiful village for spending some quiet time. Most search engines are only finding major cities, and ...
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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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What does “early bird rate” mean in hotel reservations?

Maybe it's too obvious, but I'm not a native English speaker.
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How much to haggle for a hotel room in India?

I need to book a hotel in Delhi, India for mid-November. Someone suggested to me that I should haggle over the price for the room. Is it considered acceptable to haggle over hotel room prices in ...
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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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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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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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Tipping in hotels in Germany

When staying in a hotel in Germany (Bavaria), what are the customs concerning tipping hotel staff, in particular chambermaids? Is tipping expected, and if yes, how much? What is a reasonable amount ...
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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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When booking a hotel via an opaque site, is there any way to increase the chances of getting free wifi?

Following on from my question on last minute accommodation deals in Australia, I ended up booking something about 20 minutes before boarding my flight, which didn't leave a lot of time for research... ...
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Is there a hotel in Paris with a grand piano “en suite”?

Does anybody know a hotel in Paris with a grand piano in the room/suite ?
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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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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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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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How cheap are the cheapest accommodations in Saudi Arabia?

So I know Saudi Arabia is know for being rich and for not issuing tourist visas. But if somebody were to go there on some other type of visa, such as a business visa, and then attempt some ...
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What is proper etiquette on bringing one night stands to a hotel room?

somewhat related to "Can a hotel kick you out if you let an unregistered guest share a room with you?": In the, alas, completely hypothetical scenario where I'm out in a foreign town and just happen ...
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How can I tell hotels exist that aren't on the booking web sites?

There are a ton of sites out there to help book hotel rooms and to aggregate all the different sites to book hotel rooms. These companies make enough money to buy ads on TV, so I won't name them here. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What tips or tricks can you use to get “upgraded”/better hotel rooms?

(Inspired by this question on flight upgrades), Most non-budget hotels have various categories of rooms - perhaps larger rooms, "Executive" rooms, suites, and so on. What tips or tricks can you use ...
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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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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 ...