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If the flush mechanism doesn't work Flush manually: In fact in many developing countries or even elsewhere such as out in the bush you can find modern toilets without running water. All you need to do is find a large container, fill at as full as you can manage, and pour it into the bowl. The faster you poor and from the greater height the better. But ...


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Assuming a mature system of law and a country where the police is not commonly corrupt and debts not commonly collected by violent means: Are they allowed to hold your passport until you come back and pay? No, unless you agree to it as a means of quickly, cheaply and unbeaurocratically settling the issue. What happens if they call the police? The ...


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In many hotels you can just drop your keys in a box on your way out (or leave them in your room) and the charges will go to the credit card on file. Should you become aware that the card won't work, one approach would simply be to stay as long as you had intended, pack your bags, and just leave. Undoubtedly the hotel will call or email you within a few days ...


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Well I'm a bit of a sub-expert on this, having worked nine years in the hostelling industry and encountering them as a traveller once in India. There's a bit of a dirty little secret in the hospitality industry about just how bad the bed bug problem has been for the past few years. Apparently all the big/expensive hotel chains have been having problems - ...


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what is expected of me while I stay there If someone carries your luggage to your room, they expect a tip ($1 to $2 per bag). It's also customary to leave a tip for the maid ($1 to $3 per day). Otherwise, it's really the other way round: it's the job of the hotel staff to meet your expectations (within reasonable bounds) - you're paying, after all. ...


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There are probably well over a hundred real castles converted to hotels in Europe - maintaining a castle is expensive, so most people who own one need to monetize it somehow. Here's a German site that lists 40 castles and palaces converted into hotels in Germany alone... The question is: how historical do you want it to be to count as "real"? Older than ...


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California, USA is one place where you see these posted rates. I believe this is to comply with Civil Code Section 1863: (a) Every keeper of a hotel, inn, boardinghouse or lodginghouse, shall post in a conspicuous place in the office or public room, and in every bedroom of said hotel, boardinghouse, inn, or lodginghouse, a printed copy of this ...


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This happened to us a few times. Credit card companies can be very fickle things, they allowed someone that wasn't us to pay for $500 worth of CDs across the world, but blocked a local hotel we were staying at from finalizing the charge for our room. When we travel, we generally only bring one credit card to minimize the potential pain of losing our stuff, ...


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An "Opaque" booking is one where you don't know the exact details of what you're booking until after you've made the booking. The most common form of opaque bookings are for hotels, but they also exist for flights. There two general formats of booking sites for opaque hotels - those that work on a "bidding" concept, and those that have a fixed price. ...


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I believe, all jokes aside, you have four options: Try to ignore it. Obviously, you're trying this already and it's not working. But you could turn the tv on, listen to some music, or take a sleeping tablet if you have one. Passive aggressive behaviour. Turn the tv or music up really loudly. Bang on the wall. Hope they'll take the hint. Cheer them on! ...


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Because they are not used. The vast majority of people do not use them. With luggage of course not. Elderly, handicapped, non-sporty people neither. The staff does not use them since they have to use the service lift. I am personally always surprised how many people prefer to wait for and take an elevator even if an escalator exists to go up/down only one ...


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The biggest problem with hotel wi-fi (and conference centre wi-fi) is us. Travelling nerds who need 2 or 3 IP addresses each (and try to do their work each evening while regular people are watching TV) typically bring these systems to their knees. I've had so many hotel people tell me they never get complaints like these the rest of the year, and I actually ...


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There are many but, and I think this list may not be all, but certainly most. I guess the dedicated site for Odd Inns These ones are just unusual, but there is a lot of them by category Bizarre Hotels Supposedly odd hotels Prisons-Turned-Hotels


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You have bumped into one of the Spanish habits. In Spain there are a lot of people that wake up early just to leave their things at the beach/pool and then go back to bed. It's like planting a flag saying "hey, this is my territory and you should keep away". I hate this behaviour of my fellow countrymen. What to do? At the beach, there is a recent law that ...


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It is difficult to get the size of the towels. So it is hard to link the numbers to exact functions, also because the locations are not standard. In general you will get a towel to dry yourself dry your hands as foot mat to step on after getting out of the shower/bath as cover for your body/hair I would guess that in your picture 4 is the for the floor. ...


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The only major advantage is price: it's not uncommon for a third-party site to have better prices than those offered directly by the hotel. That said, major chains are increasingly offering best-price guarantees, although these usually only mean that you can claim the difference if you spot it, not that they're actually always the cheapest option. Minor ...


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Possibly one of the clearest comments about it comes from this piece written about the ice hotels: When checking in to the cold accommodation, you'll get a key to your own locker where you can store your clothes as you change to your sleeping attire. If you're staying in a suite, you'll get access to your own small changing room where you can leave ...


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Unless you feel like finding a local hardware store and buying a plunger, I don't think there's really much that you can do other than calling the front desk. (If you'd like to reduce your embarrassment, you can call the front desk and simply ask them to send along maintenance because "there seems to be a problem with the plumbing" or some other similar ...


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The answer will vary from country to country and from hotel to hotel, but in general you're not allowed to do this and if the hotel finds it out, they can kick you out or charge you a fine. In some countries they can even throw you in prison (worst case). For example in the USA there is the Defrauding an innkeeper law: A person who, with intent to ...


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Actual practice varies widely by country, but there are (at least) four reasons why hotels frown on having more guests in a room than you originally told them. Fire code. Hotels and rooms are rated for maximum occupancy: if they get busted for having two people in a room for one, or (worse) 101 guests in a hotel rated for 100, there are serious legal ...


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There's a hostel called Albergue Juvenil Castillo de San Servando in Toledo (Spain) which is in a castle. I have tried it and it's the definitely the most beautiful hostel I've ever been to. Check the website for additional information.


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In Netherlands there is this Airplane suite The entire airplane has been converted into a single luxury suite for two guests. This means you have the complete craft at your disposal – including its top-flight facilities, which include a Jacuzzi, separate shower, infrared sauna, mini bar, 3 flat screen televisions, blu-ray DVD player with a comprehensive ...


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In general if there is a "Service Fee", then this is the same thing as a tip. This is not the same as a "Room Service Fee", which is NOT the same as a tip. Generally a "service fee" will be a percentage of the total, normally around 15-20%, whereas the "Room Service Fee" (sometimes referred to as a plate fee, a tray fee, delivery fee or something similar) ...


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8 pm isn't really late. You could also go to Canterbury on the day of your arrival, since the last train to Canterbury leaves at 21:50 from City Airport London. You would arrive at 23:38 in Canterbury. In London itself, it really depends on where you want to go. But if you check the Transport for London homepage, you will see that you can get form the City ...


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You can always try to ask at the reception if you could get a discount :) However, the only way I managed to successfully get a lower price for a room in "developed" countries was to use Wifi in the hotel lobby (or a nearby internet cafe) and book a room online - often for less than half the advertised price. This was actually once suggested by one of the ...


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Basically it means you pay less money if you book the room weeks or months in advance. But note that such a rate usually means you have to pay a fee if you cancel or change the booking at any time, while paying the regular rate usually allows cancelling or changing the booking for free up to a day or two before.


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I am not an insider but most hotels I know charge extra for three people in a room, some also charge extra for single occupancy. One exception that comes to mind are no-frills hotels in Europe that specifically advertise with rooms for up to three people at the same price, e.g. Première Classe. Hotels probably do it simply because they can, either out of ...


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Would you believe, there's a website called BedBugSigns? From the site: It can be hard to tell if you've got them or not, because they are pretty small, only come out for very short periods, and because they are pretty good at hiding. First off, you should look for some key signs. Waste - Bed bugs create a lot of waste, and that is harder to hide than ...


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Boingo offers "worldwide" Wi-Fi, with fixed fee, per minute, pay-as-you-go, and package deals. Their full plan listing is here. It starts at $7.95/month for unlimited worldwide access for two mobile devices. I've not used the service and am not affiliated, but have them bookmarked for my own travels.


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For a medieval castle - a '10 story ominous looking castle' in Ireland, I remembered watching Alex Albrecht of Diggnation, talk about how he stayed in one (2 min in to video) he found on Celtic Castles. Note that Irish castles don't have moats. Annoyingly he doesn't say which one, but certainly the website claims to be the biggest Castle booking website in ...



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