There is a lot to consider when planning your hotel stay, the obvious being location, price and amenities. But how do you know you’re getting the best rate? There are many things to take into consideration. What time of the day and what day of the week are you booking your room? Hotels are not likely to share that they increase their rates over the weekend because their demand for rooms is higher or that you will pay more for your room in the morning.
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Hotels are not just going to offer up information to you, but the majority of the time they will help you if you simply ask. For instance, if upon your research you found a better rate somewhere else, just ask for a price match. Many hotels will accommodate you by matching the price of a room stay at a comparable, competing hotel.
It’s also important to consider the cleanliness of your hotel room because, the truth is, there are definitely a few things about hotels that should scare you. Make sure you properly inspect your room upon arrival. Clean light switches, doorknobs, clocks, and lamps. The average hotel room is filthier than a typical home, school, or even a plane, according to a study.