Accomodation

Accommodation level genres:
Beach
Boutique
Business
Golf
Heritage
Luxury
Child / family friendly
Pet friendly
Romantic
Spa
Cultural themed
Budget / value
Designer (Fashion) Luxury hotels


Accommodation types

Wikipedia – Hotel types – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Hotel_types

Wikivoyage – Sleep – (Portal of Accommodation types and Information) http://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Category:Sleep

Includes:

– Apartments (serviced)
– Alpine huts
– Bed and breakfast
– Boat / Boatel / Barge- Sleep
– Bungalow
– Bus –
– Campervan / Caravan / Air stream
– Campsites
– Capsule hotel
– Combi (VW vans)
– Cottage (Country)
– Couch
– Cruise ship (Sea/ Ocean) / Hotelship (River cruising)
– Farm stay
– Guest House
– Health and wellness retreat
– Homestay
– Hotel (Boutique, Apartment, Transit, Eco, Casino, Hospital )

– Houseboat
– Inn
– Italian farmstay
– Lighthouse
– Lodge (Eco, Jungle)
– Local Traditional living / Local lodging (Eg Japanese Ryokan, Italian Pensionne
– Monastery stay
– Motel
– Mountain hut
– Pop up accomodation
– Quirky accommodation – Misc (eg. Ice)
– Resort (May include conference faclities)
– Roadhouse
– Shops (Bookstores and novelty stores)
– Short stay accomodation (by the hour or use of apps to book daylight stay)
– Ski Chalet / Resort
– Spa Centre
Suites – Garden / Beachfront
– Tent: Canvas tent, standard outdoors tent, glamping luxury tent
– Tiny house
– Tipi
– Townhouse
– Train coach sleeping
– Tree house
– Villa
– Villa rentals (Multiple people / group with bulk price)
– Volunteering in exchange for accommodation
– Yacht / Sailing boat
– Zoo grounds / Wildlife sanctuary accommodation

Resort Types:
– Desert oasis
– Destination spas
– Hill and mountain
– Inland
– Naturist
– Safari lodge
– Seaside
– Ski areas
– Sporting camp
– Wellness

Wikipedia – Hotel types – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Hotel_types
Wikipedia – Resorts by country – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Resorts_by_country
Wikipedia – Resorts by type – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Resorts_by_type
Wikpedia – Timeshare – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeshare
Wikipedia – Vacation Rental – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacation_rental


Accommodation– Search Engines / Databases / Reviews

Note: The below websites are portal sites which offer accommodation options. Sometimes booking direct with the accommodation provider (on the actual providers website or call/ email) may end up cheaper than booking via a 3rd party portal site.

This is why it’s ideal to view both sources of pricing to find the best deal – sometimes when you contact the hotel, they may also offer additional benefits or cheaper pricing which is not disclosed already.

Note – City and country hotel and accommodation authorities also have an extensive portal of accomodation options.

Tip – Look on hotel booking sites and then call hotel direct – save on hotel site commissions

* Agoda – http://www.agoda.com.au
Aunty Betty (By flight centre) – http://www.auntbetty.com.au/
Best Rate – http://www.bestrate.com.au
Booking.com – http://www.booking.com
Cheap Tickets (USA Hotels) – http://www.cheaptickets.com/hotels/
BYO Jet – Hotels – http://www.byojet.com/Hotels
Dayuse – Hourly use of Accommodation – http://www.dayuse.com
Ebookers – Hotels – http://www.ebookers.com/hotels/
Esky – Hotels – http://hotels.esky.com/
Euro Bookings – http://www.eurobookings.com/

Euro Cheapo – http://www.eurocheapo.com/
Expedia – http://www.expedia.com.au/

Get a room – https://www.getaroom.com.au/
Holiday Watchdog – Hotels – https://www.holidaywatchdog.com/Hotels

Hotel.com.au – http://www.hotel.com.au/
Hotels.com – http://www.hotels.com
Hotel Club – http://www.hotelclub.com
Hotels Combined – http://www.hotelscombined.com/
Hotwire (US Based) – https://www.hotwire.com/hotel/
Jetsetter (Premium hotels booking – Tripadvisor group)- http://www.jetsetter.com/
Kayak – includes heatmap features – (Sightseeing, eating, nightlife, shopping)http://www.kayak.com.au/hotels

Last minute – http://www.lastminute.com/
Luxico – Luxury hotel rental portal – http://www.luxico.com.au
Mr and Mrs Smith (Luxury and boutique hotels booking) – https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/
Needitnow – https://www.needitnow.com.au/
Orbitz (U.S. Oriented) – http://www.orbitz.com/
Oyster (Focuses on reviews and services) – http://www.oyster.com/
Priceline (U.S. Based) – http://www.priceline.com/hotels/
Quickbeds – http://www.quickbeds.com
Roam free (Australian accomodation) – https://www.roamfree.com.au/
Skoosh (Hotel booking) – http://www.skoosh.com/
Skyscanner hotels – http://www.skyscanner.com.au
Snap Travel – https://booking.getsnaptravel.com/
Stayz – http://www.stayz.com.au
Tablet Hotels (Portal) – https://www.tablethotels.com
Tingo (By Tripadvisor) – http://www.tingo.com/

Traveloka – Asian Hotels – http://www.traveloka.com/en/hotel

* Trip Expert – http://www.tripexpert.com/
Tripping – http://www.tripping.com
Travel genio – http://hotels.travelgenio.com/
Travel Pod – Hotels – http://www.travelpod.com/hotels/

Trip advisor – http://www.tripadvisor.com.au
Tripadvisor – Holiday rentals – https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Rentals
Tripadvisor – Hotels – https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotels
Tripadvisor – Green Leaders (Sustainable Accomodation) – https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/GreenLeaders
Trivago – http://www.trivago.com.au/

** Upfront Reviews (Verified Accomodation reviews) – http://www.upfrontreviews.com/reviews/

Venere – http://www.venere.com/

Wotif hotels – http://www.wotif.com
Wego – http://www.wego.com.au/
Zuji – http://www.zuji.com.au


Accommodation – Airline linked hotel portals

Note: Many flight and rail provuders also offer accomodation packages and stand alone accomodation options, through their carriers website.

Notable:

Jetstar (Australia) – http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/hotels/
Qantas (Australia) – https://www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/hotels/global/en and http://www.qantas.com/stay
Virgin Australia (Australia) – http://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/specials-offers/offers-from-our-partners/hotels/


Accommodation – Travel agencies

*Refer to travel agencies page*

Escape Travel –
Flight centre –
Helloworld –
Student Flights – http://www.studentflights.com.au/accommodation/


Accommodation – National Accomodation associations / peak bodies

Australian hotels association – http://aha.org.au/


Accommodation – Hotel Operators/Chains

Portals:
Includes: – Magazine hotel awards and rankings / worlds best awards

* Hot tip – Contact hotels direct to obtain better competitive deals (more so than online booking sites)

Boutique Hotel awards (November) – http://www.boutiquehotelawards.com/

Global Brands and Chains – Listing (by Wego Travel) – http://www.wego.com.au/hotels/chains

Gourmet traveller – Australian hotel awards – http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/travel/

Wikipedia – Hotel (Portal) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel
Wikipedia – Chain Hotels – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Hotel_chains and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_chain

Wikipedia – Hotels by country – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Hotels_by_country
Wikipedia – Hotels in the United states – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Hotels_in_the_United_States

Wikipedia – Hotel rating – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_rating

Wikipedia – List of chain branded hotels worldwide – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chained-brand_hotels

Operators:
Accor (Group)
– includes – M gallery series
Ace hotels – https://www.acehotel.com/
Address (The) – By Emaar –
Adina (Serviced Apartments)
Aman hotels – https://www.aman.com/
Aqueen Hotels (Singapore) – http://www.aqueenhotels.com/
Armani Hotels –
Art Series Hotels (Australia) – http://www.artserieshotels.com.au/
Banyan Tree
Belmond Luxury Hotels – http://www.belmond.com/
Best western (Australia) – http://www.bestwestern.com.au/
Big 4 Holiday parks – http://www.big4.com.au/
Buglari Hotels – http://www.bulgarihotels.com/
Capella
Centara (Thailand) –
Club med –
Como hotels – http://www.comohotels.com/
Commune
Conrad hotels and Casinos
Crowne plaza
Design Hotels – https://www.designhotels.com/
Dorchester
Dusit

Even (wellness) hotel – by Intercontinental –

Fairmont
Firmdale luxury hotels – http://www.firmdalehotels.com
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
FRHI Hotels & Resorts (Group)
– Fairmont
– Raffles –
– Swissotel

Global hotels alliance (Independent hotels alliance) – https://www.gha.com/Hotel-Brands

Rewards scheme: https://www.priorityguestrewards.com.au/

Brands:
Alila
Anantara
Art series hotel group
Atura
Avani
Corinthia
Doyle collecftion
Kempminski
Leela
Lungarno Collection
Marco Polo
Meritage Collection – http://meritagecollection.com/
Meydan
Mokara
Niccolo
Nuo
Omni
Pan pacific
Park royal
Per aquum
QT
Rixos
Rydges
Shaza
Tangram
Thon
Tivoli
Ultratravel collection
Viceroy

Golden chain (Australia) – http://www.goldenchain.com.au/
Golden Temple Hotels (Cambodia) – http://www.goldentemplehotel.com/

Hilton Hotel (Group) – http://www.hilton.com/
Hip Hotels – http://www.hiphotels.com/

Holiday Inn
– Holiday Inn express

Hotel Alliance Group (Premium portal and alliance of luxury small independent hotels) – http://www.hotelalliancegroup.com/

Hyatt (Group) –
Ibis Budget hotels – http://ibisbudgethotel.ibis.com/
InterContinental (Group) –
Jumeirah Hotels –
Karma Hotels – http://www.karmagroup.com/
Langham Hotels –

Leading Hotels of the World (Luxury Hotels) – http://www.lhw.com/
Luxury lodges of Australia – http://www.luxurylodgesofaustralia.com.au/
Lux Resorts – http://www.luxresorts.com/
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group –
Mantra (Self contained apartments) – http://www.mantra.com.au/
Marriott (Group) –
AC Hotels Aloft Hotels Autograph Collection Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Courtyard Delta Hotels Design Hotels EDITION Hotels Element by Westin ExecuStay Fairfield Inn Four Points Gaylord Hotels Grand Residences JW Marriott Le Méridien The Luxury Collection Marriott Conference Centers Marriott Executive Apartments Marriott Golf Marriott Hotels & Resorts Marriott Vacation Club Moxy Hotels Protea Hotels Renaissance Hotels Residence Inn Ritz-Carlton Ritz-Carlton Destination Club St. Regis Sheraton SpringHill Suites TownePlace Suites Tribute Portfolio W Hotels Westin

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts –
Moxy Hotels – http://moxy-hotels.marriott.com/

National geographic – Unique lodges of the world – http://www.nationalgeographiclodges.com/

Nikki Beach clubs –
Novotel
NRMA Holiday parks – https://www.nrmaholidayparks.com.au/
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts –
Oetker –
One and only resorts –
Outrigger –
Ovolo Hotels – http://www.ovolohotels.com/en/
Pan Pacific (Group) –
Peninsula hotel (Group) –
Preferred hotesl (Collection of independent hotels) – https://preferredhotels.com/
Premier Inn (UK) –
Pullman
Punt Hill Serviced Apartments (Australia) –
Quest (Serviced Apartments) –

RAC (WA) parks and resorts – https://parksandresorts.rac.com.au/
RACV (Victoria) club Hotels (Australia) – http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/resorts/racv+resorts/resort-locations
– Locations – Victoria: Cape Schank, Cobram, Goldfields, Inverloch, Torquay. Clubs: Melbourne CBD and Healesville country club.
Queensland – Noosa, Goldcoast
Tasmania – Hobart

Rosewood hotels – http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/
Rove hotels (Budget) – http://www.rovehotels.com
Rotana –
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts –

Small Luxury hotels of the world – http://www.slh.com/
Sofitel
Swire hotels – http://www.swirehotels.com/en/default.aspx
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces –
Vida Hotels –
– Virgin Limited edition collection – http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/
Wyndham (Group) –

Zen rooms (Budget options – focused on Singapore and Asia) – https://www.zenrooms.com/


Airline owned hotels

– Virgin Hotel – Virgin Atlantic – http://www.virginhotels.com/
– Easy Hotels – Easy Jet – http://www.easyhotel.com/
– Hotel Vueling by Vueling – http://www.hotelvuelingbyhc.com/
– Tune Hotels – Airasia – http://www.tunehotels.com/


Accommodation – Local living – Types culturally specific to each nation – Selected

Africa:

Americas (North, Central and South):

Argentina –
Belize –
Brazil –
Canada –

Chile –
Colombia –
Costa Rica –
Equador –

Guatemala –
Honduras –
Mexico –
Nicaragua –

Panama –
Paraguay –
United States –
Venezuela –

Asia (Subcontinent, South east and North):

Cambodia –
Indonesia –
Japan – Ryokan, Capsule hotel, Onsen
Malaysia –
Myanmar –
Singapore –
Thailand –

Caribbean:

Cuba –

Europe:

Austria –
Belgium –
Croatia –
Czech Republic –

Denmark –
France – Chateau
Germany – Castle
Greece –
Hungary –

Ireland –
Italy – Pensionne
Netherlands –
Norway –
Portugal –

Slovakia –
Slovenia –
Spain –

Sweden –
Switzerland –
Turkey –
United Kingdom –

Middle East and Central Asia:

United Arab Emirates

Pacific / Oceania:

Australia –
New Zealand –


Accommodation – Local living / Bed and Breakfast / Holiday rentals – booking

– Includes local focused city room / apartment rental websites / organisations / real estate agents.

9 Flats – https://www.9flats.com/

Airbnb – https://www.airbnb.com.au/
– Cohosting – https://www.airbnb.com.au/co-hosting
– Disaster response – https://www.airbnb.com.au/disaster-response and https://www.airbnbcitizen.com/disaster-response/
– Latest Airbnb travel alerts and ‘Open’ portal – https://www.airbnb.com.au/help/topic/354/airbnb-open
– How to Travel – https://www.airbnb.com.au/help/getting-started/how-to-travel
– How it works – https://www.airbnb.com.au/help/getting-started/how-it-works
– Help – https://www.airbnb.com.au/help

Australian airbnb consultants – http://guestready.com.au/

Airbnb Citizen – https://www.airbnbcitizen.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/airbnbcitizenaustralia/
Airbnb Citizen – news – https://www.airbnbcitizen.com/news/
Home sharing clubs – https://www.airbnbcitizen.com/clubs/

Bed and Breakfat – http://www.bandb.com
Bed and Breakfast Italy – http://www.bbitalia.it/en/
Be Welcome (Homestay portal)- https://www.bewelcome.org/main

Facebook – Rentals – Facebook pages, organisations and groups
– Search destination city / area or country

Flipkey (By Tripadvisor) – http://www.flipkey.com/

Homeaway – http://www.homeaway.com.au/
* Homestay (Hosted Accomodation) – https://www.homestay.com/

** Home to go (Comparing vacation rentals site listings) – https://www.hometogo.com/ and https://www.hometogo.com.au/
Housetrip – http://www.housetrip.com/

Love Home swap (International home swap) – http://www.lovehomeswap.com/

Night Swapping – http://www.nightswapping.com/
Onefine stay – http://www.onefinestay.com/
Panda Bed (Local living in Asia) – https://www.pandabed.com/
Servas (International Peace and cultural understand Homestay hosting) – http://www.servas.org and http://servas.org.au/
Travelmob- http://au.travelmob.com/

Tripping (Holiday rental search engine) – http://www.tripping.com/

Unusual Hotels of the World (Quirky world accommodation) – http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com/
Vacation rentals – http://www.vacationrentals.com
Vrbo – http://www.vrbo.com/
Your home my home – http://www.yourhomemyhome.com.au/
Way to Stay (Holiday Apartments) – http://www.waytostay.com/
Wimdu – (Apartment and Holiday Rentals – Focus on Europe) – http://www.wimdu.com/


Accommodation – Short term / Airport Accommodation options / Hourly charged

Snooze Cube – airport sleeping pods – http://snoozecube.com


Accommodation– Emergency / Refuges

Emergency BNB (Emergency accommodation – Domestic violence or refuge) – http://www.emergencybnb.com/


Accommodation – Hostels /Backpacking / Camping / Glamping / Houseboats / National park stay

Portals

For a website summary of youth hostel associations / organisation in various countries, refer to the ‘Worldwide Hostels Summary’ page.

Alan Rogers – Portal of European Camping and caravanning sites (and publications) – https://alanrogers.com/

Australian Campsites – http://www.australiancampsites.com.au/
Ayers Rock Camping – http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/arrcamp/
Camping America – http://www.gocampingamerica.com/
Camping card International – http://campingcardinternational.com/
Camping Europe – http://www.campingeurope.com/
Camping Italy – http://www.campeggitalia.com

Camp in my garden – http://campinmygarden.com/

Couchsurfing – https://www.couchsurfing.org/
Famous Hostels (Portal of Europe hostels) – http://www.famoushostels.com/best-hostels/

Free Camping Australia – Portal of locations – http://freecampingmap.com/
Glamping hub (Portal of around the world glamping booking) – https://glampinghub.com/

Hipmunk – Hotels – http://www.hipmunk.com/hotels
Hostelbookers – http://www.hostelbookers.com/
Hostel critic – http://hostelcritic.com/
Hostels dot com – http://www.hostels.com

Hostelling International – http://www.hihostels.com/
Hostel Geeks (Sustainable and comfortable Hostel booking portal) – http://hostelgeeks.com/
Hostelworld – http://www.hostelworld.com
* Hostelz (Worldwide hostel portal) – http://www.hostelz.com/
Hostel zoo – http://hostelzoo.com/

Hovelstay (Rustic and simple no frills worldwide accommodation portal) – http://www.hovelstay.com/
NSW caravan park association – caravan-camping.com.au
Oops Hostel (Paris) – http://www.oops-paris.com/

Parkstay Victoria (National park campsites and accommodation – by Parks Victoria, Australia) – http://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/

Queensland Caravan and camping authority – http://www.caravanqld.com.au

The Poshpacker – http://www.theposhpacker.com/
Turu (Camping Australia) – http://turu.com.au/
 

Victorian caravan park association – https://vicparks.com.au/
You camp – Camping on private Australian land – https://youcamp.com/

Notable companies – Hostels/Backpacking / Camping

Generator hostels – http://generatorhostels.com/en/
Hotel Van Gogh (Amsterdam) – http://www.hotelvangogh.nl/

Plus Hostels (Around Europe – Includes Florence) – http://plushostels.com/plusflorence

Safestay hostel (London) – http://www.safestay.co.uk/
St Christophers Hostel Chain – *(UK – Bath, Edinburgh, London, Newquay; Rest of Europe – Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bruges, Paris, Prague) – http://www.st-christophers.co.uk/

U Hostel (Madrid) – http://en.uhostels.com/


Concierge services

American national concierge association – http://www.ncakey.org/

International concierge and lifestyle directory – http://iclmdirectory.com/
Les Clef d’or – Australia (Concierge organisation) – http://www.lesclefsdoraustralia.org/


Housesitting / Pet Sitting Services

Aussie House sitters – http://www.aussiehousesitters.com.au/
Find a dog minder – http://www.findadogminder.com.au/
Mad Paws – http://www.madpaws.com.au/

Mindahome – http://mindahome.com.au/
Mind My House (Worldwide house sitting) – http://www.mindmyhouse.com/
Pet sitting Australia – http://www.petsittingaustralia.com.au/
Suitcase Stories – Housesitting Guides – http://suitcasestories.com/house-sitting/
Trusted House Sitters – http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/au/
Your home my home – http://www.yourhomemyhome.com.au/

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Accommodation Amenities

Wikipedia – Hotel Amenities – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_amenity

Includes:
Accepts credit cards
Activities (Leisure / Recreational offered by hotel – such as Golf, Tennis)
Air conditioning

Bar (Inside or poolside)
Bath
Cafe

Check out policies
Clothesline / Clothes drying
Computer / Printer facilities
Dining / Restaurant – Includes Breakfast, Lunch, dinner service
Disability access
Entertainment – Local artists, performers
Fridge

Gift shop
Gym / Fitness centre
Hair dryer
Iron (In room)
Ironing / Laundry service

Kitchen (Micro, Oven, Food cooling, sink, stove)

Laundromat
Linen (Bedding sheets, Towels)
Luggage storage
Parking / secure car parking
Personal items (Showercap, Sanitation disposal, Sewing kit, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap)
Relaxation – Massage etc
Room access (Smart pass or key)
Room service

Secure baggage storage
Security (24hr) / Security guards
Sleeping type (Couch, Sleeping bag, Futon, Hammock, Single, Queen, King beds)
Shower
Swimming pool / spa / Sauna (Indoor or outdoor)
Telephone
Television (Local tv or cable / pay television)
Transit hotel shuttle / transport
Water slide
Wifi / Internet services (free or additional)


Booking and Planning Hotels / Accomodation

When booking hotels and accommodation, I always use both ‘Tripadvisor’ and ‘Agoda’ (at the same time) to pick my ideal accommodation.

1) Hotel reviews

Firstly using Trip advisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com) or Trip Expert (http://www.tripexpert.com), and filter searches based on location, price and availability of the room type I’m after. Then when the results show up look for the hotels with good ratings (I sort by the hierarchy of ratings – so then you get the best hotel for the value and best service). Once hotels are found, you can then go back and forth with Agoda to check prices.

2) Hotel booking

Secondly using ‘Agoda’ (http://www.agoda.com), I filter my search within each city based on location, price and availability of the room type I’m after.

If you are after something on the cheap and more homely (my favourite), another recommended resource is ‘Airbnb’ (http://www.airbnb.com). It’s good for finding private accommodation and housing in places, where general prices of accommodation in Agoda for the city you are in are not ideal. With Airbnb, go for accommodation with many reviews and ones you feel comfortable with. Also advisory to email the accommodation host with any questions you may have. If you don’t ask, you won’t know!

If your after something cheaper such as hostels, then HI Hostels – http://www.hihostels.com/ and Hostelworld – http://www.hostelworld.com/ are great websites to find reliable budget accommodation.

Coming to a decision

Using both 1 & 2 I put the data in the spreadsheet where I can have all the information at hand, to make an informed decision and have the best located hotel for the best value for money. It doesn’t take very long and it will save your serious dollars and save you any surprises when you arrive.

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Hotel room upgrades

If you’re savvy with hotel hotels work and operate you can score your self upgrades and other additional benefits.

Useful tips can be found via the links here:

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 Hotel Security

Security in a hotel is an important matter to be taken seriously. Being not only in a different location, but also a hotel where housekeepers (who may have wandering hands) or in general the safety climate of the city, you would want to ensure your belongings are safe and secure.

When looking for hotels, I always check that there is a safe at the reception area (which is only accessible by authorised hotel staff). This is important to keep your money, passport documentation and valuables secure (anytime you are leaving your room). Important not to have your items in the hotel safe, as they can easily be opened by a savvy hotel worker or cleaner (If you don’t believe me, an assortment of Youtube videos will demonstrate the perils of hotel ‘safes’). If a hotel has no safe facility, I would not stay there.

With luggage when leaving your room (even for a simple dinner downstairs), have your luggage locked and secure. You may have things left out (eg Clothes, alarm clock etc) but at least the majority of your belongings are locked away.

More information on ‘Security inside the hotel’ can be found here: Modern survival blog – 10 personal security tips for hotel stays – http://modernsurvivalblog.com/security/10-personal-security-tips-for-hotel-stays/

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 Checking out hours before transport

Luggage hold

Say you have a morning checkout at a hotel/accommodation and your checkout is in the morning and your flight is in the afternoon. Where do I keep my luggage you ask?

Most hotels and accommodation premises have a ‘luggage hold room’ where customers who still want to explore the city after checking out can leave their belongings in a secure location.

When booking accommodation, you can ask the hotel if they have a hold room for luggage and where it is located. If so, ask is it is secure and locked by hotel staff. If it just left in a general non secure area, I would be wary and not leave the luggage. Only exception is if it’s behind the check in counter and clearly tagged with your details. What should occur is when you leave your luggage in the hold, they will tag the bags (individually) and give you a receipt – like a cloakroom. This is important to make sure ALL belongs are there for your collection upon your return.

Pre-arrange transport

Related to this – at the same time you put your luggage in hold, arrange your transportation to the airport or other arranged transportation. From experience, this will prevent taxis from being unavailable (happened in Thailand) and also give you peace of mind for when you return. Most hotels will do this for you and will call them up. It’s important upon your return to the hotel, that you follow this up with the hotel staff if they called (in our case they had forgotten) – very important or you could be waiting a very long time.

Freshening up

Also if its a hot day or you feel the need to feel refreshed, you can ask the hotel staff to use a vacant shower. Some hotels have an issue when this is asked, as you have already been checked out, but in all our cases if you ask persuasively and leverage the fact that you will leave a glowing review on Tripadvisor, then they will definitely oblige. Most often they have a spare room (have to leave it pristine as it was) or at least be able to use the hotel staff shower (it’s usually where the hotel staff get changed). Especially before a long haul flight, this can be a blessing to be clean and fresh. Don’t be afraid to ask.

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 Other tips:

Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning when having breakfast (this is in the case that there is buffet or breakfast available part of your stay at the hotel), you can put aside some goodies to become your lunch. Usually at the breakfast fare there is a selection of hams, breads and also fruits – just to name a few. As you have packed wisely, you will have had a reusable container or plastic zip lock bag – which will come in use. You may be reading this and think ‘hey that’s shifty’, but if you think about it your paying for breakfast so why not. You can save money and also keep yourself fuelled up on the go. More info on saving money on food when travelling can be found on Wikihow – Save money on food when traveling – http://www.wikihow.com/Save-Money-on-Food-when-Traveling

**Word of warning ** – Use this piece of advise at your peril, as this generally doesn’t resonate well with the hotel. Use your common sense and if it’s going to get you in ‘hot water’ then best to forget it.

Bed bugs and bed slips

So you may try to avoid thinking about it, but your accommodation bed has probably been inhabited by hundreds of people in the past and even with the best of cleaning, it doesn’t cover all areas- scary ha? This is why when booking accommodation it’s important to look at reviews. The more reviews with positive feedback reflect consistency in service and cleanliness.

A major offender in hotels if not addressed is bed bugs. These are small critters which live in the cracks and crevasses of the mattress and when asleep, come and bite your body. More info on what they look like are indicators can be found here: Bedbugs (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_bug  and on Bedbugs 101 – Detection – http://bedbugs101.weebly.com/detection.html

Simple tips and methods can be carried out to tell if your accommodation is compromised by bed bugs. More information on protecting yourself here: Wikihow – Protect yourself from bedbugs while traveling – http://www.wikihow.com/Protect-Yourself-from-Bed-Bugs-While-Traveling

If you detect bed bugs, contact hotel staff immediately and request a change in room. In addition, one simple and cheap way to create a buffer zone in your sleeping area is having a ‘bed slip’. This is simply a thin version of a sleeping bag and provides a hygienic and safe buffering within your bedding. This is especially good if you’re staying in hostels or where there is communal sleeping. Or it can be useful if you are not 100% with cleanliness. You can find these on ebay relatively inexpensive (search ‘bed slip’) and they come in various materials and colours. Personally I have a white silk style bed slip, which allows me to see if there is any dirt or areas of concern.

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General Hotel safety tips

Information obtained from http://www.news.com.au (Published 30 Nov 2012).

Before you go

• Make a list of your valuables, including models and serial numbers, and take photos of them. Leave a copy of this at home – you don’t want your list to get stolen.
• Consider insuring your valuables.
• In case you are robbed, it’s a good idea to have copies of all your important documents (air tickets, passport, visas etc); keep one set in a separate spot to the originals, and give another copy to someone at home.

Upon arrival at the hotel

• When choosing your room, make sure the entrance is well lit. You may want to check if the hotel has security cameras. Remember, travellers make great targets for thieves, you don’t yet know your way around, or even who should be around.

Whenever you leave your room

• Leave the lights on. You could leave the TV or the radio on too.
• Close the blinds so no one can see what’s inside or if anyone is there.
• Don’t forget to lock the doors and close the windows – and the balcony door if you’re lucky enough to have a balcony.
• If there’s a telephone in the room, turn down the ringer so that no one can hear it ring out.
• Pack your belongings back into your suitcase before you leave your room; lock it if you have a lock. If someone enters your room and there’s nothing on display they may not bother to look for anything. It’s an obstacle, at least.
• Don’t return your key to the front desk on leaving your hotel if the key and room number will be hanging behind the desk, visible to everyone, and announcing that you’re not in there.

Protect your valuables.

• Don’t leave any cash, jewellery or your passport in your room. If you must, then make it hard for them to be found – don’t leave them out in the open. Thieves will want to get in and out quickly.
• If the hotel has a safe, consider putting your valuables in it.
• If you need to leave your valuables, consider hiding them by using tape to fasten them to the underside of a wardrobe or another piece of furniture.
• If you see anyone suspicious, let reception know.

When you are inside your room

• Keep the door locked at all times when you’re inside.
• If someone knocks on your door and you don’t know who it is, don’t open it.
• Place a wedge under the door or a chair under the handle or something against the door, so that if someone tries to open it while you’re asleep you will know.
• You could even make your own alarm system; stack several glasses (or other objects that will make a noise) next to the door. If the door opens the objects will fall over and make enough noise to wake you. Don’t forget to test your system.
• When you’re sleeping, separate your cash and credit cards/ATM cards and put them in a few different locations.

If you’re burgled

• Get out of your room; the thief might still be in there!
• Call hotel security and the police.

 

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