Do you find yourself traveling often or maybe just once in a while? Well every dapper gentleman should know how handle staying at a hotel in his lifetime. Booking, confirming, and paying for your hotel room can be the easy parts of your trip. Once you’re on the inside of it all, that’s when it’s good to know a few extra things about your stay. In this article we are going to take you from the front door of the hotel right back to when it’s time for you to check out. Follow these tips for a much better stay at your next hotel.
The Doorman. Some hotels will have a doorman and other hotels that you stay at will not. Having a doorman does not justify the quality of the hotel. It’s simply an extra step of luxury the hotel provides for you. Having a doorman can be confusing for people especially when they do not know the proper etiquette. It’s very simple. You do not need to tip the doorman for opening, holding, and closing the door. This is his job. If he goes above and beyond his job, such as carry your bags to the front desk or offers to park your car, then it is suggested that you tip the doorman $2.00-$3.00.
The Front Desk Clerks. Be sure to greet these men and women with a smile and good manners. Generally they take on a lot of crap from customers who try to take advantage of them. They don’t need it from anyone else. Please be considerate of them. Look at their name tag and address them by their first name. It tells them that you care and pay attention to details. There is no need to tip them. Their job is to check you in and out of the hotel. If anything extra is needed they are paid to make it happen. Be courteous to them when you check in, by staying off of your cell phone, making eye contact with them, and listening to everything they tell you.
The Concierge. When you walk into some hotel lobbies you will see a small podium or station with a gentleman or lady occupying it. They are there to serve you above and beyond what the front desk clerks do. For example the concierge will help you locate the best restaurants, theme parks, and sites to see while staying at your hotel. If you choose to use his or her services be sure to tip them $5.00-$10.00.
The Bellman. These young men and women are there to assist you with your luggage and needs such as extra pillows, blankets, and roll away beds. Be sure to tip them $1.00-$2.00.
Observe the Room. Once you have made it your temporary hide away it’s important that you observe your room. Before you settle in and unpack check its layout. Get to know where everything is including the ice and vending machines in the hallways. The last thing you want is to be wandering aimlessly through the halls at 12am looking for ice or a snack. Take a few minutes to see how the coffee maker works and how to turn the TV on and off. When you wake up at 5am you don’t want to have to struggle to turn your coffee maker on.
Don’t Plunder the Mini-Bar. Some hotels will be equipped with a mini bar in your room. Gentlemen this is not an open invitation to plunder the mini bar. First, be civilized when it comes to your drinking. The hotel room is not a make shift frat house. Second, keep in mind that the alcohol is mini bar is more expensive than what you can find at the store. Third, if you are in the mood to have a nice drink and plan to unwind, then bring your own. This will save you money. Finally, if you choose to drink from the mini bar, be sure to drink a little, but don’t drain the refrigerator.
The Swab Test. We are sorry, but no matter how great the hotel cleaning service is, your room is still dirty and full of bacteria. We suggest using the “swab” test. Pack a small bottle or travel pack of Clorox Wipes for your room. Before you unpack everything swab your room with those cleaning wipes. Your room will smell fresh and 99% of the bacteria that is trying to over stay their welcome will be evicted.
Cleanse the Bedspread. Once you have arrived in your room request and blanket or two. Then remove that cesspool of a bed spread off your bed and seal it away in the closet. Use your blankets as your new bedspread. Keep in mind that hotel bedspreads are not washed at every check out like your sheets and bed covers are supposed to be. Stay clean and sleep well.
Room Service. Who doesn’t like being privately served their meal in their hotel room? Room service is always a great option when you are enjoying your stay. A good etiquette when it comes to tipping the one who delivers your precious meal is to tip them 15% of the bill. A dapper gentleman always tips well.
House Keeping. It’s important to be thankful for the house keeping services. Most of the time people take advantage of these wonderful people and treat them as hirelings. They’re fantastic people and if it wasn’t for them we’d have dirty towels, sheets, and a dirty floor to return to. Make sure you show your appreciation as a man and tip them each day for cleaning and turn down service. A good price rage for this is $2.00-$3.00.
Ear Plugs. Let’s just say hotels are not the quietest places on earth. When I travel I always pack a spare pair of disposable earplugs. They suppress all the sounds that come with a hotel stay. This is just a suggestion.
Check Out. When it comes time to depart from your stay be sure to tidy up the room. Put chairs back where you found them, place your dirty towels in a pile in the bathroom on the floor, make sure that any sheets or blankets on the floor are returned to the bed. When you check out be sure to take you room keys and your bill to the front desk. Always review your bill in your room prior to leaving. Then when you check out with the front desk clerk discuss any issues you may have with them quietly.
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