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Five “must have” hotel benefits with your extended stay

by coach on Aug.12, 2010, under Business Travel, Hotels



Furthering Captain G’s previous post on hotel reservation best practices, we would like to add five things you should do when you’re staying at a hotel for an extended period. If you’re planning to stay at a hotel property for an extended period of time, say for the next two to three months, let the hotel know that you’re going to make the hotel your home away from home. Establishing a relationship with the hotel check in staff and manager can earn you perks. We have received complementary breakfast coupons, happy hour drink coupons and free parking in the past.

Don’t be afraid to ask for the services that you’d normally have to earn or pay for at the hotel. Below are the things that you should ask for and would most likely get:

1.  Ask for an upgraded room or simply a better room (like closer to the elevator or away from the ice machine, etc.). There’s no reason why your request wouldn’t be met.

2.  Ask for a discounted or client rate by letting the staff know that you’ll be there for an extended period of time for a client. This works especially well if you are in a group (i.e., traveling with team members)!

3.  Ask the hotel staff to book your future reservations so you don’t have to call or reserve online every week (don’t worry, you have up to the previous day of arrival or 6pm on the date of arrival to cancel for each reservation).

4.  If the hotel charges for Internet, ask for the service to be complementary or get the hotel manager to get your hotel status to a level where it is free (see previous post). You may not get platinum status day one but it will help in the long run.

5. If you do not have hotel status, ask the manager to make it happen. We have gotten entry level silver and gold status at Hilton and SPG (Four Points, Sheraton, etc.) when we were rookies. Hotels still honor loyalty unlike airlines.

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