Questions tagged [hotels]

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How does booking.com know how many rooms in a hotel are free?

I hope this is not a duplicate. I'm wondering how in the world they know how many rooms are free at any point in time. I know for almost sure that not all hotels are giving them access to their ...
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Hotel details in Schengen visa form [duplicate]

I am filling out a Schengen visa form for Iceland but as I will be travelling to multiple countries, I have booked multiple hotels. The area in the form to fill out hotel details is quite small, so I ...
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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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How far in advance can you book a hotel room for an eclipse? [closed]

In La Higuera, Chile on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 there'll be a total solar eclipse. I thought I'd look for hotels on Expedia but it looks like the farthest out I can book is Feb 25, 2019. timeanddate....
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Is it possible to walk from Stansted airport to the Holiday Inn Express at Stansted airport

I have an early departure out of London Stansted airport (STN) coming up and was thinking to spend the previous night at an airport hotel. Sleeping in airports lists, among others, the Holiday Inn ...
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Hotel “rebooking” policy: full night's rate?

Is it normal for the fee for changing a booking in a hotel to be the whole of the room rate for the night? I am booking for a one night stoppover a few months in advance, and am concerned about the ...
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Are “adults-only” hotels the same as love motels?

Arranging lodging for a trip to Japan with a friend (we're not dating). I have no issue with love motels in general, but I've never seen one with more than 1 bed per room. I'm looking for hotel rooms ...
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Late no-show at hotel

I booked a hotel via a 3rd party (expedia) for 1 week months ago. Due to weather conditions my flight was delayed by 3 days. I did not check in online or via phone to the hotel, or contact expedia for ...
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Which hotel reward program should I sign up for? [closed]

I am getting about 20 consecutive days of paid stay in a hotel up to approx $100/night. This can make me qualify for a decent level of hotel reward program status levels. I currently do not have an ...
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Elite perks at hotel when staying at a rate that doesn't earn points

I will soon be attending a conference and staying at a hotel where my employer has negotiated a special rate. This is a large group booking and I will not be eligible for points or stay credit. ...
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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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What do many hotels have against stairs? [closed]

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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Are hotel “safes” really a joke to open?

I have seen all kinds of videos on YouTube demonstrating trivial methods of opening hotel safes, the kind that are in the room. In one video the guy opens the safe with a potato. Are these videos ...
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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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Maximizing travel points for paid travel [closed]

My company is paying for my relocation, 30 days in a hotel plus meals plus car rental plus flight. How can I maximize this in terms of airlines or hotel points ? For example, I have a United credit ...
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Hotel room was problematic - what's a typical compensation?

I recently stayed at a hotel in Munich for six days. For three of these days, I couldn't connect to the Internet (they had this problem with their system where you'd get disconnected about 30 seconds ...
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How to search for hotels online for a room with more than one bathroom? [duplicate]

I tried with booking.com, and the only way seems to put in "2 bathrooms" in the name of the hotel, or simply look for apartments and hope that someone put it in the reviews or it is mentioned under ...
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Safe and convenient hotel locations in or around Cape Town

What are some good suburbs in or around Cape Town to book a hotel at? The ideal place should be in a safe suburb and close to Table mountain,the V&A Waterfront and all the amenities.
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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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Pay now vs pay later at expedia.com

So for a particular hotel on expedia.com I can "pay online now" $374 or I can "pay later" $374 (approx). The following screenshot better captures what I mean: My question is... why is pay later an ...
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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 ...
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Why do hotel rooms often have no central light? [duplicate]

When I stay at ordinary hotels in the United States it seems there is rarely or never any central light. The entryway usually has an overhead light, but the room itself usually just has lamps, so to ...
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Why don't American hotels have ceiling lights?

Random question du jour, inspired by the thoroughly depressing airport Holiday Inn I'm writing this in due to a missed flight connection: Why don't American hotels have ceiling lights? Every chain ...
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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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Hotel refuses to replace personal device broken by one of their appliances [closed]

I put my device on charge and was getting ready for sleep when suddenly one of the hotel appliances falled from the wall and smashed my phone. The hotel refuses to replace/compensate my device. What ...
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What constitutes a late check-in for a hotel and should I inform them about my late arrival?

For a particular hotel I booked Expedia's Check-in policies section states the following: Check-in time starts at 4 PM If a late check-in is planned, contact this property directly for their ...
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Do I have to inform the hotel about my lateness for check in? [duplicate]

It's my first time to personally book a room, and I'm a little bit confused with the notion of "check in". Let's say I am supposed to arrive at the hotel on Aug. 15th @ 01:00 am (the room is fully ...
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Why the price of a room at weekend is not mentioned?

I'm going to book a room at a hotel (from 19-23th September) whose price per night is $113, but the booking website has noted no price for 23th September as below: What is the meaning of that - sign?!...
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Is there a comprehensive list of capsule hotels or an easy way to find them?

I've never been in a capsule hotel, but these seem an affordable and interesting solution. Is there a resource on line that lists capsule hotels around the world? Or, is there an easy way to find ...
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What is a continental breakfast and what other types of breakfasts are there?

When I look for an hotel I often see the "continental breakfast" expression when they refer to their breakfasts. I looked up the expression on Google and found: a light breakfast, typically ...
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Turkish Airlines rules to get free accommodation on long layovers

I've flown a couple of times with Turkish Airlines and, the last time I had a long layover at Istanbul airport I applied to a free tour with Touristanbul. When I was waiting for the tour start at the ...
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Are Schiphol airport hotels noisy?

We are visiting Amsterdam for 2 nights and will try to stay somewhere near Schiphol (if possible) to catch the 10 A.M. flight. We can see quite a lot of marquee hotels near Schiphol with good weekend ...
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What is the red light in the hotel bath for?

I've recently stayed in a hotel with a red light bulb in the top of the bathroom. The red light bulb works only for a limited time until it automatically shuts down. Anyone knows what is this red ...
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Tactics for filtering out fake hotel reviews

There is a popular question on how to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor? My question is if there are any tactics on how to leverage multiple review website to ...
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“I love you” door hanger in hotel. Is it meant seriously?

I stayed in a hotel that had the usual door hanger with "Do Not Disturb" but the backside had "I love you" on it. Is this actually used to communicate something to the staff or just a joke? inb4: "To ...
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Applying for French Schengen visa with hotel booking confirmation e-mail

I am applying for a France short stay visa in July. All my documents are ready but I am a little confused about my hotel booking. I confirmed my hotel booking via a phone call directly to hotel and ...
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Booking a hotel for unusual hours

My flight arrives at Budapest at 1:00, and the next flight leaves at the same day at 23:00. I need a hotel to leave my luggage and have some sleep during this 22 hours period. But, usual hotels can ...
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Can I dispute late cancellation fee with the hotel?

I tried to book a hotel for someone for work, the same hotel I used last time for the same guest. Last time they did not ask me to fill out credit card authorisation form and now they insisted on it. ...
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I booked a hotel on my old bank card before I cancelled the card and switched banks

I booked a room on my old bank account card; I paid for the room in full on that card. I no longer use that bank account and opened a new bank account through a different bank. Will I have issues ...
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Can a mixed-Muslim unmarried couple share hotel rooms in Indonesia?

I am a muslima with Moroccan passport, and my boyfriend is European. Do you think that we might have problems sharing a room in Indonesia? We do not plan on going to Aceh. We will mostly go to ...
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Get a hotel registration # in Gewerberegister in Germany for the purpose of Schengen Visa application

This is a spillover question from How to apply for a German Schengen visa, staying in a small hotel with no registration # I need to get a Schengen visa to stay in Germany for 6 nights in mid-...
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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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How and where do travel agents see much lower prices?

Sometimes the prices I get from travel agents are cheaper than website like kayak and similar. What database do travel agents use?
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Do most Hotels book an extra person fee? [closed]

I booked a hotel for 4 person with a double bed. should I expect a surprise surcharge for this booking. I booked on Hotels.com. and am worried about getting the surcharge but cant find any info about ...
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Paid hotel as condition for getting visa?

How to pay hotel on booking.com in case its "free cancellation" and they don't give option to pay in advance in credit card? I need prove of hotel payment as a condition for getting Visa for Bosnia.
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What happens if you don't pay booking.com cancellation fees?

What happens if you book two hotels through booking.com and reach only one hotel without cancelling the other booking? Would that hotel charge include cancellation charge of first hotel? UPDATE Not ...
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If a hotel charged another guest's room to my account, can I sue them? [closed]

My boyfriend's account was used to purchase a room for another guest, by the hotel. What can be done about this? Wouldn't that be considered credit card theft at that point? Once we saw the "ghost ...
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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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How to report hotel booking fraud?

I've booked on-line the hotel in Thailand via some agency. After I've check-out the hotel charged without my knowledge the deposit (4 times more than agency booking) and agency took the money as well, ...
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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 ...