There may be one more thing you need to know about booking your hotel room.
Regardless of how you book your overnight hotel accommodations, always become a member of the hotel’s loyalty program before you make the reservation.
This can be very helpful to you in many ways, from better rooms to upgraded amenities.
The more you stay at a particular hotel chain, the better the benefits. Some of these may include a nicer room, a better view, free bottled water, quicker check-in and checkout, access to the executive lounge, computer usage, and perhaps even a free breakfast. It is also much easier to work out issues when the hotel sees that you are a frequent guest.
For more about loyalty and award programs, see Chapter 13 of my book Business Travel Success…How to Reduce Stress, Be More Productive and Travel With Confidence!
Many hotels let you add additional information to your online reservation. For example, if you desire additional towels, foam pillows, a refrigerator in your room or more, the hotel can have these items ready for you when you arrive. Room location is also a typical request item. Personally, I ask for rooms away from the elevator (except in Las Vegas where the hotels are famous for never-ending hallways).
Also, let a hotel know if you are celebrating a special event. They may tell you about event packages or maybe even provide you with a room upgrade.