Simple Tips to Have a Great Hotel Experience

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I’ve always loved staying at hotels. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always thought that the hotel was the best part of the vacation. My little brother and I just wanted to stay in the room, order room service and watch movies. Despite our parents not agreeing, for us, that was a vacation well spent.

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time staying in hotels while shooting shows as a television producer. There are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way that can make a hotel experience truly memorable. Recently, I spent a weekend staying at Hotel Sorrento in Seattle, and loved everything about this charming, historic hotel.

Here are some tips to have a great hotel experience:

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1. Find the best rates. I used the HotelTonight app to find the best, last minute deals on hotels in Seattle during my recent trip. I booked Hotel Sorrento the day before my arrival and saved almost $200/night compared to their regular nightly rate. I read their most recent reviews that raved about this hotel, and ultimately chose it because of its charm. Established in 1909, this historic hotel in Capitol Hill has vintage-modern furnishing that made me want to move right in.

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2. Get to know the front desk. Before I stay at a hotel, I call ahead to get to know the people at the front desk. I like to tell them I’m excited for my trip and just make sure they have my booking confirmation. I make a point to remember first names, then it’s always memorable to meet someone in person after you’ve talked on the phone. I’ve found that this personal connection enhances the overall experience and increases personalized service throughout my stay.

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3. Don’t be afraid to ask. I’ve gotten really lucky with having incredible service at hotels. In the hospitality industry, I always admire a really helpful staff. I’m more inclined to stay there again and write a nice review when I get great service. When I arrived at Hotel Sorrento, they accommodated an early check in and even upgraded my room, which was so appreciated.

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4. Keep the toiletries. I wish I could afford full size Le Labo, but getting to use high quality toiletries at a hotel is an added luxury. I always bring them home with me, and I usually ask for extra when I’m staying multiple nights.

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5. Tip the maid. I always remember to bring extra cash with me to tip the maid. Since there isn’t usually personal interaction with the maids, they are often forgotten. It shows appreciation for someone giving you their time and effort, and it’s a thoughtful gesture that adds to having a good overall experience at a hotel.

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