Four Easy Ways To Save Money At A Hotel

Four Easy Ways To Save Money At A Hotel

Staying at a luxury hotel is a wonderful treat, but if you’ve bagged a deal on your room rate you might find some of the extras you’ll need to pay for can hit you hard in the wallet. But there are plenty of ways to save money. If you need to get online, many hotels charge guests to use the internet in their rooms, often in 24-hour blocks, but there is often free Wi-Fi in public areas including reception, lounges and bars. Also, unless it’s an emergency, don’t use the phone in your room; if you don’t have a mobile, there should be a pay phone tucked away in the lobby, or you can tap into free Wi-Fi using a laptop and an app such as Skype. Another way to save is parking. If you have rented a car, parking at a hotel will usually incur a daily fee, but in some cases self-parking for free or at a cheaper rate may be offered in addition to valet parking, or ask on check-in if it can be included in your room rate. If you fancy a spot of pampering, beauty salons and spas are often extremely expensive; instead, plan to head for a local outlet instead. Do your research before travelling, or ask locals if you get chatting. Finally, hotel laundry can be pricey, but if you’re staying in the downtown area of a big city, or even in some suburbs, use a local launderette and DIY, or have a bag of clothes washed, dried and pressed for a reasonable fee.

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