13 Travel Secrets Only Hotel Managers Know
Don’t travel before reading these tips—unless you want to skip the upgrade and pay more for your room.
Trust your concierge
Your concierge is 1,000 times more valuable and reliable than the online reviews, says Anderson Foote, general manager of The Talbott Hotel in Chicago. Foote suggests looking for the Les Clefs d’Or distinction, which is the only national professional organization of hotel lobby concierges. “Know you’ll be guided well,” Foote says. Here are 9 more travel agent tips for booking a cheap trip.
Join the loyalty program
In addition to some great hidden perks like free Internet and discounted food and beverages, you are much more likely to be granted upgrades during low occupancy dates, says Robert Hannigan, general manager at Kimpton Tryon Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Singing up during check-in will often get you an immediate upgrade or amenity from the front desk agents who are tracked on signups,” Hannigan says. These are our favorite hotel loyalty programs.
Book the right hotel at the wrong time
Depending on the type of area you’re visiting, look at the shoulder seasons for a particular city, Hannigan says. “If it’s a short term stay, book a weekend visit at a business hotel, and a midweek stay at a resort,” he says. “In addition to a better rate due to lower occupancy, you won’t have to deal with the crowds.” We found even more ways to save on travel that you are already eligible to receive.
Use the bellman
They’re here to assist you, to orient you to the building and are often your best resource for immediate help and recommendations, Hannigan says. “Bellstaff are experts in what the locals are doing,” he says. “They’re a perfect resource for finding out about that hold-in-the-wall bar, or small family restaurant that everyone in the city loves, but is reluctant to share with someone from outside the area.” Read on for more of our best tips and tricks for saving a ton of money on hotel rooms.