Do NOT book your hotel room through the hotel chain’s toll-free reservation number or strictly depend upon their website. There’s no opportunity to negotiate a better rate or learn about a better room that just became available. Call the property directly. There is usually at least one hotel promotion going on at all times. ASK! They won’t volunteer the information.
Do you think this is unlikely? How many times have you parked your car at the mall or the grocery store and forgotten where you parked it? Now how easy is it for you to get caught up in a day of wandering through Vienna or Atlanta or anywhere, and then having a mental block as to where your hotel is located?! It’s easy! So how can you prevent this embarrassing and frustrating occurrence?
Most Important: Keep a copy of your complete itinerary with you at all times in your money belt. The money belt ensures the most hassle-free trip. No loss of stolen money, tickets, passport, or itinerary.
The items you left back home with a trusted friend should include your complete itinerary. So another option would be to call your friend.
Or if you had a travel agent make your reservations, call him or her. Travel agents usually have a 24-hour emergency number for you to travel with. Hopefully you at least were carrying THAT in your purse, wallet, or money belt.
If you make it a rule to never leave your hotel without taking along its business card, a postcard, a brochure, or SOMETHING with its name, address, and telephone number on it, you will not have to deal with this problem in the first place.
Have a local map for every area you stay in. (These are available online; from the local city tourist office or chamber of commerce; from the state, province, or national tourist office prior to your trip; or via your portable GPS system.) If you can’t locate your hotel on the map, ask the desk clerk or concierge to circle your location on the map and keep it with you as you sightsee.
It is true that being humble, kind, polite, sincere, honest, and persevering can help you get a lot of rules broken or bent in your favor. It is also true that being angry and impatient will usually bring out the worst in other people and they won’t be as likely to solve your problem, and certainly not in a pleasant way.
So what should you do if you arrive at a hotel and one thing after another goes wrong? Read more