Travelling is such a mesmerizing experience, but sometimes due to some negligence, the hotel check-in and checkout experience can become a bit sour. So, if you have finished packing your bag, read this blog to avoid some mistakes you make while check-in and check-out of the hotel. Taking care of these small things will make your stay more enjoyable and worth it. Here is a list of 13 mistakes we make while check-in and checkout of the hotel:
1.Not asking for any hidden cost:
Many resorts have a fee attached to it, which is unavoidable and remains hidden till the time you checkout. Resort fees are very common these days, so rather than behaving like a victim during check-in or check-out, check with the staff in advance. Even if you are aware of it, still reconfirm again and budget, it accordingly into the room cost.
2. Not notifying for Free early check-in or late check-out:
Many times, our flight or bus or train reaches the holiday destination much before our check-in time. The standard time of check-in usually is 2 pm, but many hotels come with the option of flexi check-in, which could either be free or with some nominal charges. At the time of reservation, hotel staff can’t promise the same, but will make a note of it. Prior to your visit one or two days before, you can again request or follow up with them.
I will tell you a thumb rule, always talk in a requesting mode nicely, so one wants to take orders and that too when it’s a favor you are asking for. If you ask the same last minute, you might have to pay extra fees. For late checkout, you can request the same upon arrival at the hotel.
3. Not paying attention to the front desk staff:
This is the most common mistake most of us make, by not listening to the hotel staff while checking in the hotel. I understand, there is a lot of excitement, but this can burn a hole in your pocket, as you might skip some vital information. The hotel staff, will give you the Wi-Fi code (there might could be a restriction on the number of gadgets you can connect with the Wi-Fi), the freebies you can use or what is chargeable, if the gym facility is free or you have to some nominal amount. So, it is important for your own mental comfort to pay attention to the hotel staff upon arrival.
4. Not informing the special occasion:
If your purpose to stay in the hotel is celebrating your anniversary or birthday, be vocal about it. The hotel staff tries to make it extra special for you and most of the time they don’t charge any extra amount for that. You can either receive a free dinner or a free gift voucher or cake along with flowers. So, do tell them.
5. Check the room properly before staying there:
Before settling into the room, check the room properly. Check for any foul smell or if the flush is working properly or if the balcony has a view, etc. Sometimes, the picture as shown while booking online is different than what is given to you. Therefore, ask for a change immediately. Otherwise, you will have to re-shift again to the other room after settling for a while.
6. Not giving the contact details during check-in:
This is very important to give your contact or email details during checking. The reason being you might have left something important in the hotel at the time of checkout. In this case the hotel staff might not be able to contact you.
7. Not telling about the particular requirement of yours:
You might be a smoker, but forgot to inform the hotel staff for a smoking room or you are a light sleeper and require a room which has less disturbance or have a specific pillow requirement due to pain in the neck. So, for your own comfort communicate your needs to the hotel staff.
8. Not enquiring about a Free upgrade:
You might be eligible for a free room upgrade, but till the time you ask the front desk, the hotel staff won’t tell you their own. And if you are already a member of a loyalty program, the chances of getting a free upgrade are more likely.
9. Not checking the mini bar if its free or chargeable:
Mini bar looks so attractive, that you want to grab and eat all the food stuff, that you see inside the room when you enter. Always check with the hotel staff, whether they are freebies or chargeable.
10. Not doing a final check properly before leaving the hotel:
I usually keep all my things in my bag and don’t keep it in the washroom or other places, the simple reason is I don’t want to lose out on my stuff. But, if you are someone who throw their stuff all around the hotel room, check every place such as cupboard, washroom, on the table or the sofa. Don’t leave any corner before you move out of the hotel room.
11. Not leaving the tip for the housekeeping staff:
They are the one who cleans your room daily along with the washroom. The mess you have created, that make it tidy. Take care of your special needs, so don’t we can sleep comfortably. Therefore, always leave a tip before you step out of your room.
12. Not checking the final bill properly:
This only takes a few minutes, but relieves you from any hassle later. Check the bill properly for any unnecessary amount or taxes. Don’t be in a rush while checking out of the hotel.
13. Not sharing the issues at the hotel while checking out:
An experience in the hotel can’t always be pleasant. So, if you had any issue during your stay like a leaky shower or smelly room, etc., you should let the hotel staff know about it, before posting your feedback on the social media platform. The hotel might offer you a free stay or dinner coupon to compensate the same.