It may have something to do with anthropology, but for some reason, human beings seem to feel a great deal of excitement and wonder when they travel, as if it were going back to a time when our ancestors might have been wondering from place to place in search of food and shelter. Obviously things have changed, and we traded in our nomadic search for a place to call home temporarily to book accommodation for our trip.
The ability to get out of the world is a great feeling, with the only real question pertaining to where we choose to stay for the duration of our trip. Booking a hotel room is not the most fun thing in the world. For starters, you want to have a nice room with all the essentials, but determining what is "basic" can vary from hotel to hotel. You want to stay close to the action and not miss it (young people call this FOMO or fear it will disappear), but you don't want the neon signs and the buzzing traffic to be in front of your window. Finally, you want to feel like you're actually in a "home away from home" when you're staying at a hotel, but every time you think you've done some things, you end up disappointed.
The crazy part of the process is that we didn't even mention that we would get a good price for your accommodation.
In a way, it can feel like your entire travel and lodging industry is there, and that feeling can really be a bucket of cold water that you don’t need on what is supposed to be a relaxing trip. Even when traveling for work, you still want to know that something doesn't bother you that ruins your trip. Fortunately, though, hotel managers are more on your side than you think.
You may think that hotel managers and the industry as a whole are on their own, but they are also aware that if you have a nice stay and a little trouble booking your accommodation, you will probably be a returning customer, and that always helps with their basis. Your happiness and satisfaction is also a very powerful advertisement, once again a good thing for business.
Here's what hotel managers want potential customers to know about booking accommodation:
Contact the hotel directly – Third-party apps and websites may find you great deals on hotel rates, but be aware that it's always a good idea to contact the hotel directly in case of specific requirements. This personal touch sets you apart.
Be kind to the staff – When you call the hotel or communicate with the reception desk, maintaining a friendly behavior with the staff can greatly enhance your stay.
Keep all relevant information ready for use – To book a hotel stay means to know the check-out / check-out time, length of stay and dates. If you are ready, the reservation is much smoother.
Accommodation bookings can sometimes be a headache, but if you know that hotel managers actively want to make your trip as comfortable as possible, booking is annoying and less of a worry. It's also important to remember that as a consumer you have more influence than you think, so be active in the booking process, but don't forget to be sympathetic.