Booking a Summer getaway this year?
Did you know that booking a hotel through a discount site like Orbitz almost GUARANTEES you’ll get a crappy room with a terrible view?
That’s according to Jacob Tomsky, a longtime front desk clerk in New York and author of “Heads in Bed: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality”.
They figure if you booked through one of the discount sites, there’s less of a chance you’ll be a returning customer. So while YOU get a view of the parking lot, someone who booked through the hotel’s website gets a view of the pool.
Here are three more things you should know before you book your next hotel from MentalFloss.com:
If You Only Book One Night, There’s a Higher Chance You’ll Get “Walked”. Which is what they call it when they’re overbooked and have to send you to another hotel. It happens because a lot of people who book rooms don’t show up. So hotels cover their profits by overbooking by up to 10%. You’re MOST likely to get walked if you’re only staying one night, you’ve never stayed at the hotel before, and you booked your room using a site like Expedia.
A Decent Tip Will Usually Get You a Better Room. Not necessarily a SUITE or anything. But at most hotels, some of the “standard” rooms are better than others (a bigger bathroom, a bigger TV, or a better view) even if they CLAIM “all the rooms are the same.” Obviously if you’re staying at a discount hotel, it’s not worth tossing out twenty extra bucks. But if it’s somewhere nicer, just ask if there’s something with a better view, and slip them some cash. If they really DON’T have a better room available, they usually have a ton of other perks they can offer you.
You Can Get Out of Paying for the Minibar by Lying. Minibar charges are the most common thing people dispute on their bill. And since the people at the front desk know the minibars aren’t always restocked every night, they’re usually willing to take those charges off your bill if you insist you didn’t take anything…especially at nicer hotels.
Dave’s already cracked his minibar seal…uh, oh!