Hotels Avoiding Dreaded Hidden Charges
Sometimes, prospective travelers stumble upon hotel room deals that are simply too good to resist. However, even with discounted hotel rates or special offers, there are always ways for your bill to hike up to insurmountable heights, something that your budget cannot handle. What more if you are paying for premium rooms? That is why this article offers some tips to avoid hidden charges that might take you off your budget.
One of the first things we need to tackle is parking. Yes, folks-parking is a problem for a great many people, and it is still a problem when booking at certain hotels. Those who arrive at some particular hotels in a car-whether rented or owned privately-need to be aware of the parking fees of particular hotels. Overnight parking is quite the luxury, apparently. Factor in the tips for the valet and you have got a good sum tucked away just for parking your four-wheeled baby.
Another aspect of the hotel room that can hike up one’s total tab is the telephone bill. Some hotels charge a premium even for local calls, and even some more for international calls. There might even by charges for supposedly toll-free 1-800 hotlines.
Usually, there will be phone rates indicated somewhere in the room. Should there be no notifications in sight, then a simple inquiry to the front desk will let you know how much the hotel charges for particular types of calls. That is a good way to avoid finding out too late that your phone costs jacked up your hotel bill.
In this day and age of the mobile phone, however, this should not pose as much of a problem. After all, the cellphone is one of the most indispensable tools nowadays, and there is little chance one will be using his or her hotel room’s land line anyway.
A popular hotel service is, of course, room service. It is pretty convenient, and you would be surprised at the number of people who want to book at a hotel just to try ordering room service at least once in their lives. Still, this unnecessary convenience can be very taxing on the budget. Many hotel personnel live on the service charge-simply because service charge is quite hefty. By getting room service dinners, you will surely hike up that tab on service charge alone.
The last item on our list is technically not a hidden charge: Tipping. We have mentioned this before; you might want to tip the guy in valet parking or the room service guys. The bottom line: everybody knows tipping is an optional thing.
Still, many think it will look bad if one does not tip. Heck, the bell boys might not be so accommodating next time you request help with your luggage. You are just securing a smooth stay, or you could be showing some form of generosity. Either way, be careful-tipping too much (especially with service charge already factored in some of the bills) can lead to excessive spending at hotels.
Discounted hotel rates or no, one will end up with a bloated hotel bill upon checkout if one does not watch the hidden charges mentioned above. Always ask for the details, and make sure you get what you pay for. With diligence and care, you would not have to spend beyond what you really need or want.