There are many of tips and hacks behind the front desk, in this blog we will introduce you 5 of them. No matter how often you’ve stayed in a hotel, these tips will help you get a more comfortable and relaxing stay in your next one.

1. Ask about transfer

Arrive with flight? Call in advance and request your hotel if they offer a free pick-up service or operate taxi/shuttle bus transfer in a lower rate from the airport. For island destination in particular! this is a major hotel hack, as you can avoid expensive taxi rides just for the asking. Even your hotel doesn’t have transfer, it won’t harm to find out the local taxi price. The front desk will give you some useful local information which will give you a benchmark if your meet some taxi driver who asking unreasonable price.

2. Ask for corner room

Not all rooms are made equally even under the same category. It is a good idea to politely asking for an upgrade. The trick is to wait until no other guests are around, the reception will feel less pressure. It increases your chances tenfold. Or if you cannot get an upgrade, then try to get a corner room. These are almost always bigger, and often have multiple windows with view.

3. Ask for higher room

Do you know getting a room on a higher floor can also be way quieter? Upper levels rooms is away from street level noises, and usually large party groups are put on the lower floors! If you’re looking for some serious relaxation, request to be on a higher floor.

3. Do you have a especial occasion?

If you will celebrate your especial occasion like anniversary or birthday in your hotel, it is highly recommended to call ahead. Often the hotel will make a fuss over you, such as free welcome drinks, flower decorations or chocolates box etc. Everyone like surprise!  Same with children menu, even if the menu doesn’t have children section, you can almost always get a discount at kid’s menu if you simply ask.

4. Forgot anything? No worries, front desk could borrow to you

Don’t let one forgotten item ruin your holiday, call the front desk and check if they could help you. Hotel provides standard items such as umbrellas, iron, hairdryers.  But they could surprise you by more. For example, hair straightener, yoga mate, adapters, phone chargers, etc. There are really a lot of things you could borrow, just don’t forget to return when you check out.

5. Check-out already? But still enjoy the pool

Many hotels have spas and pools, but one of the biggest hotel secrets is that you can use these facilities even after check-out! If you have nothing to do, this is a great way to kill your time if you have a late flight and an early check-out. Just inform the hotel staff in advance, store your bag with front desk, and head for your way to enjoy the wellness!

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