Experienced tourists know that it’s really hard to predict everything when it comes to traveling. Some hotels use different tricks to make their apartments look bigger and some puzzle us with their inventions, whether they’re placing hidden cameras, installing transparent bathrooms, and so on. Fortunately, Internet users shared recommendations that can help us stay away from unpleasant situations while being far away from home.
We have collected some pieces of advice from people who have traveled a lot and know where you are likely to face various troubles.
11. Google maps will show the real hotel along with its surrounding neighborhood.
Before you book a room in a hotel, open Google maps and find out how the closest streets actually look. Hotels located in remote or unfavorable areas usually offer good and cheap rooms but “forget” to tell you about its surrounding neighborhood.
Try to find the closest shops, pharmacies, and public transport stops to understand how to get downtown or to landmarks.
Tips: Save all important directions and download them to an app to use offline.
10. Find hotel pictures on social media.
Ask hotel receptionists what their Internet access is like. Some hotels guarantee free Wi-Fi when you’re booking a room but it appears that it’s only in the lobby area and you have to pay extra money to use Wi-Fi in your room.
Sometimes hotel promo photos don’t reflect reality. Owners hide drawbacks and take photos that make rooms look bigger. People usually share real pictures on review sites or Instagram (in this case, you can use geotags or the name of a hotel). You can also read about interesting room bonuses like a shower thermometer or a free mobile phone that’s available during your stay.
Read people’s reviews carefully when it comes to swimming pools, gyms, and other amenities included in the price. As a rule, such facilities are provided by hotels’ partners and they don’t bear responsibility for the safety of personal belongings and charge extra fees for things like swimming pools, umbrellas and so on.
There are no set rules when it comes to the number of towels in a hotel room but as a rule, good hotels offer 2 body towels, 1 foot towel, and 1 towel for the hands. Get a personal microfibre towel: it dries faster than a regular towel and folds up really small.
Tips: You can take shampoos, slippers, and even bathrobes with you — these items’ prices are already included in the room fee.