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Few points from experience.... They wouldn't be any dirtier than the wheels on luggage, wheelchair or an ECV (Electric Conveyance Vehicle). I haven't had a problem taking my scooter most places. Except.... One office building would not allow anything with wheels (even luggage...?), another said the rule is only against rubber tires (this is somewhat ...


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Take a bag which can cover the wheels, either one big one or two smaller ones and you can carry it into your hotel room in almost all hotels. If you use them in places where they get extremely dirty, you can bring a brush or ask the hotel for a rag and some water to clean them up a bit. I expect many hotels will be happy to have you leave it somewhere like ...


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I don't know if there's a comprehensive resource, but it's going to be a pretty limited list, so here's a community wiki for it. For inclusion, the hotel must both have their own helipad (flights nearby don't count) and offer regular, bookable helicopter transfer services (unused/emergency-only helipads don't count): The Peninsula, Hong Kong. If the Rolls ...


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As mentioned, they are for luggage. They are also typically required to receive a certain star rating by the different companies that release star ratings. For example, the catalogue of criteria for Hotelstars has item 115 for "Adequate place or rack to put the luggage/suitcase", which is required for 3-star ratings and above. If this wasn't included in each ...


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As far as I know, this is designed so that you can put your suitcase or bag on it while you take things in or out of it. This makes it a lot more practical than on the floor, and compared to laying your suitcase or bag on a bed, it has the advantage of not risking dirtying the bed, and being able to keep it there even when you use the bed.


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These are for placing your luggage (presumably a suitcase) on. Easier to reach than if it's on the floor and you won't have to put it on the bed.


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Yes, I would assume so. If you and your friend are listed on your booking then it should be fine, just say you will be checking in instead. Else, you would want to email/contact the hotel beforehand so the hotel can verify you're not checking in for another person that you don't know.


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In the USA, most hotels above the very lowest-price have an ironing board and iron in each room, or will loan you one on request. I have hand-washed many shirts in the room's sink, left them to drip until mostly dry, then ironed them myself. I did the same in Germany once, now that I think about it.


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I solve this by washing my clothes in the bath, and drying them in the cupboard. The difficult bit is rinsing them, using a detergent designed for wool (eg. woolite) helps.


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Do not go to a laundromat but do go to a service where they clean and iron the shirts and return them to you in the hotel or keep them in the shop for you to collect. That is what people do who do not stay in hotels with laundry services or who do not want to spend their time cleaning and ironing their shirts. This service can be found at some laundromats,...


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Many hotels have a card somewhere in the room that explains that in order to save the environment they will not change the bed linens every day if you are staying more than one day. This card should also say that they will change the bed linens if you put that very card on the bed so that it is clearly visible to housekeeping staff. Here is an example card. ...


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The reason is very simple: so that you can claim for the non-refundable costs on your travel insurance (you do have travel insurance, right?). The insurance company will want to see an official cancellation to be sure that you definitely did not stay at the hotel.


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Aside for multiple reasons already mentioned, your cancellation will make the room available for someone else to book. You might consider this of no relevance to you, but one day you might be the person looking desperately for a room.


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All answers give a very focused reply to a question. Let me use as a reference, the work of a recent Nobel laureate. Recently behavioural economists have been focussing on lack of rationality in human decision making. Your question is very reasonable from a What's in it for me perspective. However not all humans are like that. Many have demonstrated that ...


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Getting a refund isn't necessarily the only option when cancelling. Some places will let you cancel (directly through them, not through a third-party website) and receive an alternate form of compensation such as a voucher to use towards a future visit, or the equivalent amount of loyalty program reward points. This is more common with air tickets than ...


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You may want to cancel if your credit card offers insurance and needs you to cancel to make the refund. Also, you may have to pay taxes to the city ("tourist tax" or "stay tax") when staying at the hotel. These are only paid when you actually spend the night, so you can avoid paying them by cancelling your room.


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Apart from etiquette, an actual use case: I have separate insurance for certain events (death of a family member or travel partner, illness, etc) so I don't get refundable rooms as they are more expensive. Sadly, I had to cancel rooms (and flights etc) a number of times. The insurance will ask you to cancel the room/flight/whatever, and then send them the ...


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I cancel just in case the hotel or booking agency refunds me anyway — it happens. I have cancelled a non-refundable hotel booking twice. In one case, I had booked through the hotel website. I cancelled several months in advance (altered flight times meant spending night in a different city than planned). Much to my surprise, I received a 100% refund. In ...


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Etiquette generally demands that if you reserve something you're not going to make use of, it's polite to cancel your reservation. Even if you can't summon any desire to be nice to the hotel's owners after being subject to their inflexible cancellation policies, think of it as being nice to your fellow travelers, as your cancellation just might help out ...


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Depends on how much effort/time/money you are will to fight this. Remember that time = money. If there is a consumer protection bureau or ombudsman in Florida, you could contact them. You should write a strong, but civil letter to the hotel stating the fact (include copies of the hotel bills and any other relevant documentation), and see how it goes. At ...


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