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The Different Hotel Services Hotels around the world host millions of customers every year. When you check into a hotel there are a number of easy hotel services that you might expect. Sometimes these are called easy hotel services, sometimes they are considered part of amenities.

serviceIt is important to know that despite the fact easy hotel services are sometimes grouped with amenities, the two are different. I know when I go to a hotel there are various services I look for, depending on what I am going for.

There are more easy hotel services than you can shake a stick at. Services depend on the hotel that you go to and its general purpose. Let’s explore some of the various hotel services that you might encounter.

Star Rating

The first place that we need to start talking is about the star rating of the hotel. If I am looking for more services or services that are considered more of a luxury, I try to find a hotel with higher stars. In general, the more stars a hotel has, the more services it will have. That is not always the case, but most often it is.

Lower star hotels typically are those that cost less. Hotels pay for a large portion of their services with the money they make from the room charge and fees added to your bill. Some services hotels make by charge for them, such as room service.

Cleaning Service

Every hotel should have a room service. The people who come to your room every day and clean it. I don’t like sleeping in other people’s dead skin or any of the other stuff they may leave behind. I look for a hotel that has a good cleaning service and spends time trying to make the rooms sparkle.

I will sometimes turn down a nicer hotel because they don’t have a good history of cleaning their rooms. You should see the YouTube videos of someone going over a hotel room with a black light.

Room Service

Not every hotel has room service but in many cases you don’t need it. I look for a hotel with room service if I am going on a romantic trip with my wife or I am going to be in the room working the whole time. If you want high quality room service, make sure to read reviews of the hotel to see how the room service is. Some hotels use their in house restaurant to prepare room service, if so, you might be able to find reviews of the restaurant by itself.

Hotel Security

Being somewhat cautious, I don’t like staying at a hotel that isn’t secure. A hotel doesn’t have to have a security guard service but I do like a hotel that has their staff walk around the property every now and then to ensure that nothing is out of the normal.

Concierge Services

Concierges are nice to have when I go to a hotel that is in a place where I have never been. When I travel internationally I like to have a concierge so I can get answers to all kinds of questions. But if I am staying locally a concierge isn’t always necessary.knife and fork

I have found that if you ask a hotel receptionist nicely about the area they are happy to talk with you. Ask them where they like to eat, what they like to do, and how to get places. It is important that you ask nicely though or they won’t be as helpful.

Receptionist Services

It is pretty obvious that a hotel needs a receptionist to help you check in and out. But I was surprised to find out that not all hotels have someone at the desk around the clock. Personally, I like to have a receptionist at the hotel all the time. If I need to check out at night, someone should be there. Same with checking in.

Should you have a problem with your room, the around the clock receptionist will also be able to help you with that. Whether you have locked yourself out of your room or there is a plumbing issue, they will be there to help.

Breakfast Service

Having a breakfast service at a hotel is always important to me. I may not like to eat first thing when I get up but I need the food to help me get about my day. Most hotels offer a breakfast bar or continental breakfast. These are perfect.

A breakfast restaurant can add cost to your trip quickly. But that depends on who you are and what you are looking for. What I don’t want, is a hotel that doesn’t have breakfast at all.

Airport Pickup

Depending on where I am going, I don’t want to rent a car if I don’t have to. Renting a car can be an expense that means I can’t do other activities. Look at the price of some zoos now, in the hundreds per ticket. That is why having an airport shuttle is important. I want to know that I have a ride, so I call the hotel before I leave to confirm.

Depending on the hotel that you stay at, there may be a charge for the shuttle. I recommend asking ahead of time what the cost will be. This will help you to determine if a cab will be cheaper or if you should look for alternative transport.

Laundry And Dry Cleaning

In all of my traveling I have not used a hotel laundry machine but I also understand the purpose. If you are staying at a hotel for a longer period of time, you don’t want to have to bring your whole wardrobe but you also want to be able to have clean clothes. This is where being able to clean them comes into play.

Hotels differ in what they offer. Smaller hotels don’t offer any laundry services typically. Other hotels will have coin operated laundry machines that you can use. At the same time there are hotels that have a service where you bag your clothes that need laundry. A service person comes and picks up the clothes to launder them.

Spa Services

Another hotel service that I don’t personally use is the spa services. More and more hotels are featuring services such as spas. I don’t have much desire to use such a service. But if you want to truly relax on a vacation then you should look for a place that has a spa. Spas come in all shapes and sizes with all level of services.wellness

If a hotel lists spa services as an amenity, then it is important to determine what kind of spa they have. Some hotels will market their sauna and/or jacuzzi as a spa. Chances are that if you are looking for a spa experience you want something more than that. Hotels do sometimes have full in house spas with others offering in room services such as massages and pampering.

Other Services

There are plenty of other hotel services that you can get out there. The majority of these other services are those that are special to that hotel or that type of hotel. An example of this is that hotels near a major amusement park might offer the ability to have items you buy at the amusement park sent to your room.

Remember that besides services hotel amenities are something that you need to look into. Amenities are something that you also need to take account of.

I highly recommend that you don’t assume that a hotel offers a service that you are interested in. Call them ahead of time. A quick call to check on easy hotel services does more than allow you to verify services, it gives you insight into whether or not the hotel has good customer service. In my opinion, customer service is one of the most important aspects to any business. I want to be provided the same level of customer service that I offer when I am at work.

Checking hotel services is an important step before booking a hotel room. Look through this list and see if the services matter to you. Then, if they do, verify your hotel offers them before booking. That being said, this is only important if you are expecting your hotel to offer easy hotel services. Sometimes I just want a place to stay. In that case hotel services don’t matter as long as the place is clean.

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