Our best tips for hotel stays » Travel-Dealz.de

Many of our readers must have had hundreds of hotel stays, others just a few. Although a hotel stay is in principle a very simple and standardized process, there are many little things that can significantly improve the stay. We have put together tricks and tips for you that will hopefully not only be of interest to hotel beginners, but also to hotel professionals.

Quiet room

We Germans, in particular, always attach great importance to a quiet room. However, there are many factors to consider, as the noise could come from the parking lot, the street, the lobby, the hallway, or even the elevator. The quietest rooms tend to be on the upper floors, away from the elevator and with as little street view as possible (especially on major streets with lots of traffic). In the USA you should also be as far away as possible from the ice cream machine, because it usually makes a hell of a noise.

Elevators and ice machines – just stay away from them if you want a good night’s sleep

Luckily, most hotels have no problem giving you an appropriate room. Of course there are exceptions, for example if the view of the sea costs extra, or if there are larger/better rooms on the higher floors – this is often the case with high-class hotels. In normal hotels, the chance of getting a quiet room is high – if you ask for it. And if everything doesn’t work, only ear plugs can help.

Electricity without a room card

To save electricity and do something good for the environment (and electricity bills), many hotels have a card slot next to the door. When you insert your room card, the lights come on and the sockets work. If you take them out again when you leave the room, not only will you go off, but also the electricity – sometimes even the air conditioning. However, this is often annoying, for example if you had actually connected something to a socket to charge it.

What many people don’t know: It almost always doesn’t matter what kind of card is in the card slot. So you can go for a walk with your hotel room card and insert an ADAC card, a cinema loyalty card, a card from a previous hotel stay, etc. into the slot and your room will continue to have electricity. If you don’t have a card with you at all that you can easily leave in the room, then the alternative is to ask reception for an additional room card.

Forgot charger?

If you have forgotten your cell phone charger, or simply the right adapter for the sockets in the country, there is usually a USB port that almost nobody thinks about: the USB port of the television. While it’s slow to charge your phone and usually requires the TV to be on, it’s not a bad option as a stopgap, especially during the day when a muted TV won’t bother anyone.

If you only forgot the socket adapter, there is usually an international socket for the razor in the bathroom, which you can possibly use without an adapter.

One last socket tip: If you have enough space in your luggage, take a multiple socket with you. Then it doesn’t matter to you if the hotel only has one socket, you only have one adapter or the socket is in an unfavorable position, while you want to charge 3 devices near the bed, for example. With a multiple socket, you have control over the number (and location) of the sockets in the room.

intercontinental warsaw
Only one socket by the bed, but you want to charge 2+ devices? A multiple socket would solve the problem

Correct side of the bed

Many hotels have very wide beds or double beds. When faced with choosing a side, most people choose the side that is closer to the bathroom or next to the phone. That’s why you should take the other side. This has been used less and therefore also less worn out. Accordingly, the sleep on the side should also be more restful.

holiday inn charleston room
Two beds, two sides each. It’s probably best to sleep on the side that’s least popular

Opaque curtains

Hotel rooms with panoramic windows are fantastic – during the day and in the evening. However, if you do not want to be woken up by the early morning sunrise in summer, you must ensure that the curtains are closed so that they are opaque. Most of the time, however, there are two curtains that you have to draw from the right and left. Both sides then meet in the middle, but a small slit often remains open.

With a clothespin you can clip both sides together and close this slot. If you didn’t bring a clothes peg (who does?), you can use the pegs that are often found on the hangers in hotel rooms.

If all this is too complex for you, you have to use a sleep mask.

Iron in the shower

No, please do not stand in the shower with an ironing board and iron. You don’t even need an ironing board or an iron for this trick. All you have to do is hang your crumpled clothes in the bathroom and then take a hot shower. The steam then ensures that the creases in your clothes are smoothed out by themselves.

Desk Replacement

If you still want a trick WITH an ironing board, then we have one for you – but it has nothing to do with ironing: If your room doesn’t have a desk (or you need another), you can use the ironing board as a desk.

The ironing board is not only a good replacement for a desk, but can also be used as a luggage rack, dining table, etc. Or just as an ironing board – that’s also possible.

Room service replacement

Dining out is a nice part of the holiday, a highlight of the evening. But there are also evenings when it pours so heavily outside that you really don’t want to leave the hotel. But what if the hotel doesn’t offer decent food or the choice is very limited? It’s worth using apps like Uber Eats or Lieferando, which deliver food to your hotel, sometimes even straight to your room. Of course you can also google for restaurants that also deliver.

Dirty remote control

According to the University of Houston, the dirtiest object in a hotel room is the remote control. While I doubt anything serious would happen to you, if you do want to take this realization seriously, a good solution is to wrap the remote control in a shower cap. The buttons are therefore still visible, but you avoid direct contact with the germs that have accumulated over weeks and months.

remote control shower cap
Definitely “over the top” for 99% of people. But if you see the germs as a problem, this is probably the simplest solution

Netflix & co. stream

Let’s stick to TV. Anyone who likes to use Netflix, Disney+ or other streaming platforms at home and does not want to do without this content in the hotel can connect their laptop to the television. All you need is an HDMI cable. Although there are few hotels where the TV’s HDMI port is blocked, most of the time it works perfectly.

Laptop tv hotel room
Laptop, HDMI cable, and the request concert can begin on the hotel television

Those who are more technically advanced can also try setting up a Chromecast or Apple TV. This is of course much more comfortable, but also much more difficult to set up, since it does not work very smoothly with a hotel WLAN. Might be worth the effort for longer stays, but not for one night.

Breakfast for early departures

Depending on the hotel, breakfast is usually served from 6-7 a.m. But often you have to be at the airport around 4 or 5 a.m. to catch an early flight. It’s worth asking at reception if they offer a to-go breakfast. Every now and then you get a paper bag with a few little things, for example a sandwich, a croissant and/or a yoghurt. You often get a drink (e.g. juice or coffee) with you on the way.

To go breakfast
Filling? no way. Better than nothing

Late departure

In most hotels you have to leave your room by noon at the latest, but many hotels offer one Late check out at. All you have to do is ask, preferably on the last evening of your stay or before your last breakfast. Often you can stay 1-2 hours longer in the room without extra charge (if you are lucky, maybe even longer).

store luggage

But if your flight or train leaves late in the evening, you don’t have to lug your luggage through the city all afternoon. After checking out, you can leave your luggage at the reception of most hotels and pick them up later when you go to the airport/train station. This is (usually) always free.

You can also do this if you arrive well before the check-in time. You probably won’t get to your room yet, but at least you can get rid of your luggage.

prevented? Postpone instead of cancel

If you have to cancel a stay at short notice, but your booked rate cannot (any longer) be canceled free of charge, it is worth asking the hotel whether you can postpone your stay. Possibly also for a small surcharge. Many hotels are much more accommodating because they don’t lose any money.

If postponing is not an option, you can also ask for a voucher. It costs nothing to ask.

Book correctly

These tips were all about improving the stay. But we didn’t take one aspect into account: the price. However, this is also important for a pleasant stay, because most of the time personal expectations of the hotel and patience in the event of problems are very much based on the price paid.

We already recorded a podcast in 2019 about how to book hotels best and cheapest. You can find the written version here:

Conclusion

As you can see, every part of the hotel stay can be optimized – from check-in, to staying in the room, to check-out. Of course, you don’t have to follow every trick on this list and charge your phone on the TV while you shower to iron your clothes. But I’m sure many people think of a previous stay when reading the list, where one of these tips would have been of great help.

There’s definitely more to improving a hotel stay than just these tips. What else would you suggest? Please leave a comment!

Cover photo: Ditmar Lange