This is default featured slide 2 title
This is default featured slide 4 title
 

Category Archives: Hotel and Resort

Chiang Mai Hotels

This city in northern Thailand is the second largest in the country after Bangkok. Don’t let this fool you though. Not only is it cooler and much less crowded than it’s big brother to the south, but it is also within spitting distance of some of Thailand’s most beautiful forests and mountains which are home to many of the country’s famed hill tribes.

Furthermore, Chiang Mai is a safe and convenient city with many excellent hotels. Too many in fact. The current glut of extra hotel rooms during all but the busiest holidays combined with the current favorable US dollar to Thai baht exchange rate has created an excellent opportunity for budget travellers.

In fact, a recent check of hotel prices there turned up many rooms with plenty of space, comfortable beds, air-conditioning, satellite tv, fridge and shower for less than $25.00 per night. Furthermore, hotel room prices in Chiang Mai are listed per room, not per person. This means an even better bargain if you are travelling with someone. Keep in mind, most hotels offer an extra discount for booking online, but it never hurts to call the desk and check too.

The next time you find yourself getting weary of sleeping in dorm style rooms and sharing toilets, consider enjoying a few nights of comfort at a Chiang Mai hotel.

Discount Hotels

Most discount hotels are discounted through a particular club or organization, and are discounted primarily for its members. If you are a part of any types of groups or organizations check with them to see if they have any deals set up with hotels, and if so what types of discounts those particular arrangements will supply you with. In many cases you can get a discount if you stay a certain number of nights in the hotel, or if you stay in a particular type of room. If you choose the wrong combination of those things however, you can often be denied the right to the discount.

Make sure you fully understand what is required for you to get the discount before you make your reservation. Often times if you do one thing incorrectly, such as book the wrong type of room, or stay one day less or more than is required you can forfeit your right to the discount. Pay careful attention to the rules, and make sure to tell the hotel that you plan on using the discount when you make your reservation. That way, if you are doing something incorrectly the hotel can possibly catch it before it’s too late, and the hotel clerk can make a note that you are getting the room reservations for a reduced rate.

Another type of discount hotel, will offer discounts through coupons or just in general to all of their guests should they choose to come visit the hotel during certain times, or stay in certain rooms. In some cases a discount hotel will always be discounted, but it will also lack some of the things that you might have become accustomed to in their hotels. By discounting the price of a nights stay, they also take away some of the perks of staying in a hotel. What you don’t gain in amenities however, you will gain in discounts.

Just like any other hotel stay you will want to make your reservation at a discount hotel as early as possible. Discount hotels have superior rates to other hotels, so in many cases they will book up more quickly than other similar hotels in the area. As soon as you know that you are going to take a trip to a particular area and would like to stay in a discount hotel, go ahead and give the hotel a call and try to make a reservation. In some cases you may be able to get a much better rate for booking your reservation early rather than later, and you will also be able to finalize your plans knowing that you have a place to stay.

Hotels in Madrid

The Hotel Santa Domingo hotel in Madrid offers its guests comfort. It is located in de Santo Domingo with 120 rooms, each of which is uniquely decorated so no two are alike. Each room has thermostats and bathroom water temperature controls. A choice of background music is also offered in each room of this hotel in Madrid. The television offers six international channels and three pay view channels. Other perks of these comfort driven rooms are adjustable lighting, telephones in the bedroom and bathroom, electronic locks and safety deposit. In the Superior Double hotel in Madrid rooms there is a hydro-massage bathtub. The Hotel Santa Domingo hotel in Madrid also caters to its business clientele with fax machines, copiers, messenger and secretary services, interpreters, computers, sound equipment, slide and overhead projectors with screen, and video equipment. Other extra services offered are babysitting, medical assistance, laundry services, and money exchange. For those traveling with a small pet, th
e Hotel Santa Domingo hotel in Madrid welcomes you. Enjoy comfort in a setting designed for business at the Hotel Santa Domingo.

The Hotel AC Santo Mavro is located in Chamberi close to Paseode la Castellana. It is a 100 year old French Palace hotel in Madrid that has been reconstructed in a combination of classic and avant-garde architecture. The original library and dancing hall have been preserved in their original state, but are now used as a dining room and conference room, respectively. This hotel in Madrid has a garden which provides some rooms with a beautiful, blooming view. The Hotel AC Santo Mavro has 37 rooms which offer 24 hour room service, a free minibar, web TV, cable TV, free coffee shop, and 24 hour laundry service. For a touch of history with all the modern conveniences try the Hotel AC Santo Mavro.

The Hotel Cuzco is located in the financial district, within walking distance to Congress Hall, local shopping centers and entertainment. It has 330 rooms and 8 suites that boost top notch amenities. You will find marble bathrooms, air conditioning, free private safe, electronic minibar, interactive TV, am fm radio and a direct telephone line. The Hotel Cuzco also provides an electronic wakeup system, coffee shop, restaurant, cocktail bar, parking garage, gymnasium an\d sauna. The Hotel Cuzco hotel in Madrid is in the heart of Madrid’s action. This is a fine hotel in Madrid

Get The Best Hotel Deal

Which website to use finding hotel deals?
No one site will always have the best hotel deals. You have to check around to find the web site for the hotels you’re interested in, call the 800 number and the hotel itself. A lot of deals are unique to one venue or another. Also, ask about AAA, AARP rates etc. And then check a week or two beforehand to see if anything new has popped up.

Most people do not know about hotel deals.
Everyone seems paranoid about getting the best airfares when in fact we find that the lodging costs are usually the biggest expense when we go on vacation. Maybe it’s because airline travel is much more a commodity: there’s much less variation (and much less choice) among air carriers than among hotels, so it makes more sense to compare them on price.

A lot of people seem to go out of their way to $25 on an air ticket but ignore the fact that they could also save $25/day on a hotel room. The same hotel room; e.g. AARP rates are typically a 10% discount.

What service to expect from a hotel deal.
Someone paying rack rate would expect the top quality service. If you pay at a discounted rate, should you expect less?

If you get lower-quality service because of the discount, is that really a discount at all? Discount means you pay less and still get the same service, does it not?

Of cause you it does; I expect the same service in any case. Do you really think that the hotel staff carries around a printout showing which customers paid which rate? Do you get fewer peanuts on the airline flight you booked 60 days in advance, also?

What kind of room can you expect when you got a hotel deal?
What is up with the way hotels and motels assign guests their rooms? In all of our travels we’ve been amazed at how, when checking into nearly empty hotels/motels, we’re always given the least convenient room while the rest of the property remains empty.

If you don’t state a preference, then you generally get whatever the desk clerk spots first, or you get the least desirable rooms, so they can keep the better ones available for people who care enough to request them. People who get the worst rooms are often those who: 1. The check-in person think will not complain about it, 2. They got a good internet deal or other deal.

Cheap Hotel for Business Travel

There are a number of budget hotel chains who offer a good standard of accommodation at an affordable price. These vary by country – you’ll probably know the ones in your own country but if you are travelling abroad, you may need to do some research.

The advantage of using a hotel room provided by one of these chains is that it will be fairly cheap and that you can rest assured that all the standards you expect from a budget hotel room will be catered for.

The disadvantage can be that sometimes the location is a bit ‘out of the way’. Some cheap hotel chains have branches at out of town locations. You may also miss out on the personal service you would expect from a smaller, owner-run establishment.

The next alternative is to look for an individual hotel. Smaller hotels are often run by their owner and this can be a good way to dig out a cheap hotel.

Because the owner is most likely running and looking after the hotel, this means that cheap hotels in the UK can sometimes be like hidden gems. The care and attention you’ll get from a cheaper place can often be much better than you’d get in, say, a mid-range hotel chain. After all, it’s the owner’s livelihood that depends on it, so they’re more likely to make sure everything is just right for you.

Naturally you will want a clean, comfortable room. Since you are on business, you should also look for other things such as an internet connection. More hotels nowadays are offering this facility but you should check what is available and how much it will cost. It’s no fun arriving at a hotel only to find that the only broadband hotspot is already packed with other business travellers. Whilst it is possible to use the latest mobile phones to get an internet connection, they charge by the Mb and this can start to get expensive very quickly.

Hotel Accommodation District in London

There are 4 underground stations in the area, you are never more than 700m from London’s favorite way of getting around the city. There is also a dense network of local buses that provide a 24 hour service. During the day it’s only a 10 minute ride to Oxford Street, about 20 minutes to Piccadilly or Trafalgar Square.

Paddington Station is one of London’s major railways stations, apart from serving much of the west of England and South Wales it is the terminus for the Heathrow Express train to London’s Heathrow Airport. Immediately around the station are about 30 budget hotels, mostly relatively small and independently owned. The only really upmarket hotel is the Hilton in the station complex itself. Many people flying into Heathrow find it convenient to use one of these hotels as Paddington is so central. There is a left luggage office at Paddington Station too which stores luggage or you can send things home if you need to.

Paddington Station is a bustling place with activity from very early to very late, many of the shops and services are in cramped streets and are nearly all small and family owned, apart from the fast food chains like McDonalds and Burger King.

About 5 minutes walk south from Paddington Station is Lancaster Gate, adjoining Hyde Park. The streets here are much wider, tree lined avenue affairs, very pleasant. Bordering the park and Lancaster Gate itself are a number of larger, more upmarket hotels, many of which are owned by chains.

Lastly west of both Lancaster Gate and Paddington is Bayswater, for the budget traveller, perhaps the place to start looking for your accommodation. The centre of Bayswater is Queensway, a classic High Street with two underground stations, an ice rink and a shopping centre. Along Queensway you will find probably the best choice of places to eat in London with just about every cuisine and price covered. There are also a good choice of things the budget traveller finds convenient, launderettes, convenience stores, supermarkets open until very late, pharmacies and 24 hour public transport.

In the streets around Bayswater resides about every grade of Hotel. Whilst there is a Hilton, a Ramada and a few other large 4 star hotels there is a definite bias towards budget accommodation. Apart from several hostels offering dormitory accommodation there are many so called ‘bed and breakfast’ hotels. These are not comfortable homestay accommodations with attentive hosts, but very simple hotels staffed in the main by cheap immigrant labour. There is a great variation in quality for about $US 50-80 for a double room with breakfast, ranging from the almost unacceptable to very pleasant. The cheapest rooms are not ensuite.

Perhaps the best value hotels are the deeply discounted 3 star hotels. Many of these are self proclaimed 3 star hotels. This term generally means all rooms are ensuite, there are lifts to rooms, a 24 hour front desk and probably a bar and often a restaurant. Room rates at these are highly volatile and rates tend to be higher at weekends. A good deal is a double room from about $US 80-120, often but not always with breakfast.

If you are using Priceline this is not a good area to bid on hotels below 4 stars. The volatility in the quality standards is such that you’ll probably be allocated a cheap dud. At 4 star level, like so much of the London bidding districts, if you get a good low successful bid there is a good chance it’ll be one of the Thistle chain. If you read reviews of customers to Thistle Hotels, there is a constant theme of very large, grand old hotels not being effectively maintained with a comment like ‘It was acceptable given that I only paid $US100, but if I’d paid the full amount I’d be very angry’

Cheap Hotels For Your Travels

It’s important to realize that the cost of staying in a hotel will vary depending on what point in the year you decide to make your trip. A winter trip to a popular summer destination will be exceptionally cheaper than if you made the same trip during the summer months and visa versa. Cheap hotels can have their moments as expensive ones depending on when you decide to travel.

Trips on the weekend are often a little more expensive than trips that you would take in the middle of the week to the same hotel as well. If possible try to book your vacation during the week, and at the very beginning of the season that the area is particularly known for. Depending on what you plan on doing on your trip, you may want to visit the area completely off season to make sure you get the absolute best rates possible.

If your friends could not supply you with the name of a suitable hotel, then begin a search on your own for the perfect accommodations. If you have the dates for your trip in mind, call around to several different hotels within the area and ask them how much a reservation would cost for those particular dates. The Internet can also be a very valuable resource. You can use the Internet to look up hotels contact information, and on some occasions the hotels will have offers available to Internet users that are not available to those who call or simply walk in to the hotel to make reservations.

The earlier you make any reservation wither through the Internet, or in person the less expensive your stay will ultimately be. Even cheap hotels will often make their prices more expensive as they begin to book up. The less rooms available in a particular area, the more expensive the available rooms are going t be. For that reason, as soon as you know that you are going to want to travel to a particular location, and you know the dates of you travels try to go ahead and find a hotel and make reservations. That way you can ensure that you are getting the best rate possible for your trip.

Express a Complaint to Your Hotel

In the U.S. and Canada, if you are too polite or submissive, your request may be ignored. If you are too assertive or angry, you will also probably not succeed.

So, to lodge a successful complaint, you should:

1) Describe your problem calmly and with dignity.

2) Use a modulated tone of voice. You will always have more success in North America if you control your temper.

3) Throughout the negotiation, remember that you want to resolve a problem, not win a skirmish.

Always take your complaint to the front desk clerk first. Note, too, that hotel clerks are not considered servants in North America, so be sure not to talk down to them.

How to phrase a complaint

Suppose you check into your room and discover that it’s not clean. Here’s an ineffective way to communicate this problem to the hotel clerk:

[yelling] “You gave me a filthy room! I want another room immediately, or I will report you to the manager!”

Now here is an effective way to lodge this complaint:

[spoken in a controlled tone of voice] “Excuse me, but my room was not cleaned after the last guest. May I have another room?”

Escalating a complaint

If your initial request brings no result, say, “May I speak to the manager, please?” and start over in the same calm way. Continue to be polite and reserved.

If the problem is still not resolved, you could say to the manager, “I am very sorry, but without a clean room I will have to ask my credit card company to stop payment. For the record, your name is Mary Cafaro, the manager? I will also need to report what has happened to American Express and to your head office. I do not want to do that.”

When you say, “I do not want to do that,” you leave an opening for the hotel to move toward resolution.

Being treated fairly

Don’t give up too easily.

Suppose a hotel tells you it cannot honor your reservation because it has overbooked. This is not a situation you should have to endure. So, stay in front of the check-in queue until you are offered a fair solution.

Expect a good hotel to find you an alternative room at a similar hotel, immediately refund your full deposit, pay for a taxi to the new hotel, and pay for a call to your friends or relatives to let them know your new location.

A few hotels might claim they do not have a reservation in your name. If you have brought along a written confirmation of your booking, you are in a far better bargaining position.

The 3 best strategies for avoiding problems at hotels

1) Check into a hotel as early as you can. Remember that most hotels overbook to protect themselves.

2) Carry written confirmation of your room reservation.

3) And, when you must lodge a complaint, remember to speak firmly but calmly. Keep your dignity and your cool!

All Inclusive Resorts

These resorts can be found all over the world – not just in popular tourist areas. Of course, if you do want to go to a popular tourist spot, you will likely find more packages to choose from. Many of these deals are offered by hotel chains and are not limited to just one location.

Some packages are only for two nights, while others are for seven or eight. There are all inclusive resorts that are family-oriented while others are intended for couples or singles. The higher-end resorts offer spa services, golfing, water sports, and a variety of other activities in their packages. If you want to go to a ski resort, compare all of the perks offered by various resorts to determine which one is offering the most excitement and fun at an affordable price.

Make sure you know in advance when and if you should ever tip. As mentioned above, not all travel packages include gratuities. Even if tips are already covered at the hotel itself, they might not be with the taxi ride between the hotel and airport, or at any off-site restaurants.

Whether you want a relaxing vacation or an exciting one, you should be able to find a resort that offers everything you need in a single, all inclusive package. If you want an exotic beach vacation, be sure to choose a resort that has its own private beach that you can simply walk out onto anytime you wish. Another thing to consider is dining. Be absolutely sure that the resort you are considering has a variety of restaurants. What’s the use in paying for an all inclusive vacation with dining if none of the restaurants and meals appeal to you?

There are all inclusive resorts everywhere: the Caribbean Islands, Bahamas, Mexico, Thailand, Switzerland, Hawaii, Alaska, Orlando, New York, and several other places across the globe. It’s easy to find your ideal vacation itinerary.

Best San Francisco Hotel

Perhaps the best thing to do to start with is figure out what kind of San Francisco hotel you want to stay in. Are you more concerned with luxury lodging that offers swimming pools, room service, and a fancy restaurant? Or are you more interested in a clean and affordable hotel that will just offer you a spot to crash at night after long full days of site seeing and enjoying the city? Once you answer those questions, you will be able to look more effectively for the right hotel for you and your vacation.

A good starting place to look for your San Francisco hotel is on the Internet. Check out travel websites, of which there are plenty. What hotels are recommended by the users? Which ones are offering getaway packages through the website? You will also be able to search by amenities and prices so that you can narrow things down to the two or three you think might best give you what you want out of your trip.

Once you have used the internet to narrow down your San Francisco hotel selection to one or two places, you may want to contact them directly. Call the hotel’s front desk and find out if they are running any specials that are not necessarily listed on the website. You can also find out what is near the hotel and what services are offered from a person who can give you inside tips and advice about the area. In addition, you get a feel for the people who work there, which is important when you are looking for a place to stay in a city with which you are not familiar.