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Hotel Reservation Tips

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  • Is the front desk staffed 24 hours a day?
  • Does the hotel offer non-smoking rooms?
  • Does the hotel allow pets? What size?
  • What is check in time? Check out time?
  • What is the policy for late check in?
  • What is the hotel's cancellation policy?
  • How much is the room tax?
  • What is the fee for local calls?


  • ask if they offer discounts (corporate, AAA, senior, etc.)
  • if lower advertised rate, ask for that rate
  • shop for internet discounts and web-only rates
  • travel agents can often get better deals
  • ask for extended stay discount for long trips


  • Does the hotel have a restaurant or cafe?
  • Is there a pool or other recreational facilities?
  • Is there a playground or other children's facilities?
  • Is there a phone in the room?
  • Does the room have a private bath?
  • Are there business facilities (fax, internet, copier, etc.)?


  • make reservations with a credit card in case you have problems
  • travel insurance will protect you if trip cancelled
  • read travel insurance policies carefully for exclusions
  • check your confirmation for errors as soon as you receive it
  • give someone your itinerary -- arrival, departure, hotel
  • double check your reservations before leaving


  • find out what the neighborhood is like
  • research photos on the internet and in travel guides
  • stay away from hotels with numbers on the keys
  • ask for a room not on the first floor
  • make sure there is a deadbolt on all exterior doors
  • doors opening into interior hallways are safer
  • check the fire escape route upon arrival
  • use the hotel safe for valuables
  • use the hotel main entrance after dark
  • hang the "do not disturb" sign and leave TV on when gone


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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