How to Fix Hotel Problems

Hotel Problems
Hotel Problems

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is – and that definitely the case when you’re traveling. If you see an amazing hotel deal, chances are there’s a good reason the rooms are so cheap! All experienced travelers had had at least one bad hotel stay. Maybe the pictures on their website look nothing like the dump you find in real life. Maybe the service is horrible. Maybe the site is under construction.

Whatever the problem, if you show up and the hotel isn’t what you expect, there are some things you can do to fix it – and without spending any extra money to upgrade to a nicer room or find a new hotel at the last minute.

Problem #1: The room is dirty.

If it looks like your room hasn’t been cleaned in ages, sometimes all you need to do is complain to get the problem fixed. Maids at cheaper hotels and motels aren’t paid very high wages, and in order to get their work done more quickly, they might cut corners. Before you even set down your bad, go back to the front desk – in person – and voice your concern. Many will give you a discount on the spot and send a cleaning crew to redo the room.

Problem #2: Your room is loud.

Construction, traffic, and other problems can all account for your room being too loud, and often it is out of the hotel’s control. Simply ask to be switched to another room. Most are happy to accommodate you if they possibly can. To avoid this kind of problem, check into your room as early as possible. Most hotels give out the “bad” rooms (i.e., the ones that are louder) last.

Problem #3: The room isn’t as nice as the picture.

If you paid a really low price…well, unfortunately, there might not be much you can do! Before you leave, print out your hotel conformation information, along with a picture of the room you expect to get. Sometimes, if there’s a big difference in the picture versus what you’re actually given that you can point out, the hotel will upgrade you to a suite or refund some of your money. You can also look into reporting them to the Better Business Bureau if you think they’re being dishonest.

Problem #4: The hotel was overbooked.

As long as you paid for your room, it shouldn’t be a problem – even if a hotel is overbooked, they have a duty to give you a place to stay. You might find yourself driving to another hotel, but this minor inconvenience could actually work out in your favor. If you keep your cool and are polite, sometimes they’ll bump you to a suite, offer free meals, or give you other perks – all you have to do is ask!

Problem #5: The staff is rude, non-existent, or otherwise unsatisfactory.

Write down the names of the people who bothered you (along with a description if the hotel is larger) and ask to speak to a manager. If the manager is the problem, call their corporate office – from your actual hotel room. If it is late at night or early in the morning, wait until business hours. Managers working the day shift often have more power or even own the hotel, so they’re better equipped to help you.

Still nervous about hotel problems? Purchase a travel insurance policy before you leave. That way, if you get there and things are horrible, all you have to do is call your insurance company and they’ll help you find new accommodations that better fit your needs.

This guest post is from Allison, who works with www.TravelInsurance.org.

 

Top Ten Worst Named Hotels

There are various different aspects that make a holiday a happy one, though fortunately for these hotels, the name of the hotel itself is not necessarily one of them.

Resist Bacteria Hotel (Kashgar, China)

Resist Bacteria Hotel
Resist Bacteria Hotel

If avoiding bacterial infection is your number one holiday priority, you may want to consider staying here…

Peach Bottom Inn (Delta)

Peach Bottom Inn
Peach Bottom Inn

Always better to choose a hotel with good hindquarters.

Hotel Happy Kiss, (Nagano Japan)

Hotel Happy Kiss
Hotel Happy Kiss

At least this isn’t a French hotel

HYPER HOTEL (Ishigaki, Japan)

HYPER HOTEL
HYPER HOTEL

I never could sleep well here.

Elephant Butte Inn (New Mexico)

Elephant Butte Inn
Elephant Butte Inn

Not sure if I want to be “nestled in the midst” of Elephant Butte

Hotel UFUK (Istanbul)

Hotel UFUK
Hotel UFUK

If you insist.

Ah Chew Hotel (Singapore)

Ah Chew Hotel
Ah Chew Hotel

Bless you.

Big Dicks Halfway Inn (Missouri)

Big Dicks Halfway Inn
Big Dicks Halfway Inn

Satisfaction guaranteed.

Anu’s Lodge (Kerala)

Anus Lodge
Anus Lodge

An ideal location.

City Hotel, Nut-Club(Shinjuku, Japan)

City Hotel Nut-Club
City Hotel Nut-Club

Each room comes complimentary with padded walls.

If none of these hotels take your fancy visit www.cheapholidaydeals.co.uk

Travel to Munich

Munich travel guide
Munich travel guide

Munich in Germany must be visited during the months from May to September when the weather is very pleasant. During summers, the weather can be wet at times and there could be few thunderstorms as well. For those who are not afraid of the cold, they can have a joyful time in between November and March, especially photographers who can have an extraordinary time clicking beautiful and marvellous pictures of the landscape while staying in a affordable vacation rental you can find in every accommodation directory.

  • There are innumerable museums in Munich such as the Kartoffelmuseum (potatoes) and the Deutches Jagd- und Fishereimuseum. The leading art museums of the city are found in the Maxvorstadt district. Here are museums like the Glyptothek that house the Greek and Roman antiquities, the Neue Pinakothek showcasing the artifacts of the 18th to early 20th century and the Alte Pinakothek featuring European paintings.
  • You can head towards the Karlsplatz from the main rail road station and then pass through an underground passage to Fussgangerzone, the main shopping centre of the city. The most outstanding landmark here is the Neues Rathaus that is the new city hall. You can climb up the tower which is 85 meters high and have a breathtaking view of the city. There is a Glockenspiel along with mechanical dancers with performances held at 11 am and 12 pm and also at 5 pm (only in summers).
  • The Frauenkirche, that is the Church of Our Lady, is Munich’s Roman Catholic cathedral. The interior of the church is very long, more than a football field. The South tower which can be visited by people for most part of the year is 99 meters tall. There are many other churches in Munich that one can visit. One of the most prominent ones is the Asamkirche with beautiful architecture and Bavarian Baroque interiors.
  • There are a big number of football stadiums that were refurbished for the World Cup that was held in 2006. Among them, the most stunning and impressive is the Allianz Arena. During the night, the entire stadium can glow in three colours namely white, red or blue. The arena is simply spectacular and can seat around 70000 spectators. You can tour the Allianz Arena on days when there are no matches held for a nominal fee. You can visit the players’ dressing rooms and have a great feel about being in there, the press club, the player tunnel, the commentators’ box, view the seating arrangements as well as private boxes for VIPs. Do not forget to visit the “Markenwelt” or “World of Brands” shops and have a bite at the Restaurant A La Carte.
  • Paying a visit to the Nymphenburg Palace can be an exhilarating experience. The palace was built by Elector Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy in celebration of the birth of their son and heir to the throne. The Great hall, Steinerner Saal has been decorated in Rococo style while the Gallery of Beauties will leave you enchanted.
  • For your stay you can book a vacation rental in Munich. It’s a great alternative to a hotel. You can even find a vacation rentals coupons to make your stay affordable.

World Cup South Africa

This is guest blog post done by FlightSite

Road safety during the World Cup in South Africa

South Africa boasts an excellent road infrastructure; therefore driving through the country can be a very rewarding experience.  South Africa is a beautiful place, and preparations are underway for the most exciting event of the decade to be staged in the country – the Football World Cup.

South Africa is a great country to drive through thanks to its beautiful setting and friendly locals. But the country is huge, and not at all possible to be traversed in one day. In order to really enjoy a self drive experience in South Africa during the World Cup, you need to plan carefully before departure. If you are driving from one city to the next, make sure you break during your journey as fatigue is a main factor contributing to motor vehicle accidents in South Africa.

While most of the national roads in South Africa are well tarred and in a good condition, the more rural roads are not in the same condition, and are most likely pot-holed and poorly surfaced. But as long as you take normal, common sense precautions, your trip to South Africa during the World Cup should be a memorable one.

Planning your journey

Before you start your journey, take time to plan your route and prepare your vehicle. Study your maps and routes, as well as your estimated times and the amount of petrol you will be using. Make sure you know the distances between rest stops and petrol stations before embarking on your journey. Make sure to take a 15 minute break after every two hours of driving and make sure you get enough sleep every night.

Distances between the cities where the different games are being played are quite far, therefore you need to be properly prepared. If possible, have more than one driver along on the journey so you can rotate.

Make sure to check the overall roadworthiness of the car before you leave. Make sure that your vehicle is in optimum condition. Check tire pressure, fluid levels, windscreen wipers and the lights of your vehicle. If you are using a rented vehicle, make sure you have the company’s contact details in case of an emergency. And always make sure that you have enough fuel to reach the next petrol station.

South African roads

The highways, freeways and provincial main roads in South Africa are built and maintained to the highest possible standards. Together with excellent driving conditions, your self drive trip in South Africa is guaranteed to be a smooth and safe one. All South African national highways have petrol stations at reasonable distances between them. Most of these petrol stations have restaurants, restrooms and shops within them.

In total, the entire South African road network is 755,000 kilometres.

Many of the national highways between major centres are toll roads, so check the fees before you leave. These toll booths usually charge per vehicle, and can range from anything between ZAR2.50 to ZAR50.00.

There are few roads in South Africa where you would require a 4WD vehicle. But even in national parks and off the beaten track safari areas, driving conditions are generally very good.

Service/petrol stations

South Africa boasts a large network of petrol/service stations spread all over the country. Most of these toll gates are open until late at night, while others are open 24 hours a day. Most service stations along all national highways and main roads are fully equipped with rest rooms, restaurants, shops and repair shops. The great thing about these service stations is that they are conveniently dispersed along the highway in such a way that you can make scheduled stops every two to three hours. An important thing to remember is that even though service stations are prominent along the national highways, they are further apart in rural areas, so plan your journey carefully, especially for refuelling purposes.

Petrol stations in South Africa are not self-service. Smiling and friendly attendants will take care of your petrol needs, and will be happy to check tire pressure, wash windows, and check oil etc for a small tip of anything between ZAR3.00 and ZAR5.00.

Shell, Engen, Caltex, Total and BP are the most common fuel brands sold in South Africa. Although not accepted in the past, some petrol stations do now accept credit and debit cards as a form of payment. Check with your attendant before using their services. Regardless, most service stations have on-site ATMs in case you are short of cash.

Driving conditions during the World Cup, South Africa

Planning your journey means preparing for all sorts of road accidents or emergencies. As much as we hate to admit it, accidents can happen, and you need to be prepared. During the World Cup, South Africa expects a huge influx of visitors, so you need to be prepared for possible chaos on the roads, especially before and after games.

Know that emergency services will be out in full force during the World Cup in South Africa, and that help is just a phone call away. When in South Africa for the World Cup, keep your wits about you while on the road, plan properly, and have fun.

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The Resort Madh-marve – One day picnic destination

“The Resort”—a 5 star deluxe hotel is a Raheja Corp. endeavour. Located at the majestic shoreline of Madh Marve beach, it is just within an hour’s drive from Mumbai. The meticulously planned infrastructure and the stately ambience make it the perfect get-away from the city. Because of its excellent cuisine and accommodation, The Resort has become the preferred escape zone from the hustle and bustle of this city.

High Tide, The Restaurant: The casual wooden cane interiors of High Tide overlook the pool and the Arabian Sea. Exotic Indian, Continental and Chinese Cuisine.

The Bay Watch: The 24-hour coffee shop Baywatch, offers an unmatched combination of delightful meals and breathtaking sea view. You can enjoy a casual tete-a-tete or a laid back mini meal and relish veg. and non-veg delights.

Upper Deck, the Bar: It catches the pristine view of the sea while sipping on exotic cocktails, mocktails or ‘on the rocks’.

Bodyscape, the SPA: Bodyscape gives a perfect blend of ancient mind and body rejuvenation techniques with the highly developed comforts and luxuries of today’s world.

Banquets and Conferences: Over the years, The Resort has perfected the art of enabling its patrons to mix business with pleasure. From a Corporate power luncheon and Dealers’ meet, to Product launches and conferences, The Resort ensures that every event is an unforgettable experience.

The seven conference rooms with hi-tech facilities offer the ideal business setting with seating capacity of 10 to 130.The recreation and relaxation facilities enable each delegate to unwind and relax. Host events and parties and entertain up to 5000 guests at the Resort Garden Lawns and make the occasion truly memorable.
Poolside: The beautiful swimming pool over-looking the beach is the perfect place to drown your stress.

Take a few invigorating laps, laze in the crystal water or catch the setting sun from a hammock or a deck chair. Sumptuous snacks await you at Water World, by the poolside.

Escape To Lanzarote This Summer

There are still plenty of god value deals available for anyone planning a late break this summer. With many travel companies and tour operators now seeking to offload over capacity. Creating real bargains for those who are able to jet off in the next couple of weeks.

Lanzarote is an ideal destination as the weather on this small Canary Island remains excellent well into the autumn months and beyond. Thanks to its location close to the Tropic of Cancer off the coast of West Africa. Flights to Lanzarote are also available cheaply from most UK airports, aiding independent travellers who like to build their own breaks online. Expect to pay around €200 return during September.

Accommodation in Lanzarote is also pretty affordable. A standard studio apartment in one of the main holiday resorts will cost from €180 per week. Which is the price per room and not per person. Whilst there are also thousands of Lanzarote holiday villas available for rent for anyone looking for something a little larger. Hotels on the island are also very reasonably priced, especially by comparison with some other Spanish island such as Ibiza and Mallorca. Head for Playa Blanca in the south to secure the best possible deal.

The island is very popular with tourists from the UK and Germany. Who collectively account for around 60% of all visitors. But still retains a strong Spanish feel, despite the fact that it is many hundreds of miles south of the Iberian Peninsula. As like the rest of the Canaries Lanzarote was conquered by the Spanish crown during the early 1400´s. Becoming an integral cog in the growing empire.

Today tourism dominates the islands economy and is concentrated in the three main tourist resorts of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise. Whilst the north of the island is left pretty much untouched by development. Visitors will also find an island wide ban on high rise buildings in place, making it a pleasing destination visually.

Exploring is easy as Lanzarote is small, making it possible to drive from on end of the island to the other in under an hour. The volcanic region is the most popular attraction – where visitors can view hundreds of volcanoes up close. All of which are now dormant. Whilst the island is also home to some really pretty towns and villages, some of which such as Teguise are very historic. Boasting buildings that date back to the 1450´s.