Things You Didn’t Know to Ask Your Hotel For

hotel maid setting extra towels on bed Asking for extra linens in your hotel room is a simple way to upgrade your stay. Snuggling into a comfy bed piled high with luxurious linens and extra pillows instead of flopping into bed could be the difference between a hotel experience to be remembered and one you’d rather forget.

But, extra linens aren’t the only hotel upgrade you can ask for that can take your experience to the next level. Whether you’re looking for creature comforts, handy gadgets, or something to keep everyone entertained, most hotels have all kinds of unadvertised perks you don’t know you should be taking advantage of during your stay.

Make Your Hotel Room Your Own

If you have a request for something special you’d like in your hotel room, it’s always a good idea to talk to hotel staff before you arrive. Even if you’re unsure about whether the hotel can accommodate the request, just ask! Below you’ll find a list of items you might not realize some hotels have available for you.

Clean and Allergy-Free Bed Linens – Do you have an allergic reaction to linens that use down or have trouble breathing in a room where dust has settled? Simply request freshly laundered allergy-free bedding.

fluffy hotel pillows

Pillow Upgrades – Some hotels keep all sorts of different pillows available for guest use. Some have different levels of firmness or various kinds of fillers. You might discover your hotel has body pillows or U-shaped pillows if you ask.

Night Light – Do you have a hard time sleeping when it’s completely dark, but can’t relax with an overhead light or lamp on? Ask the front desk if they have night lights available. You’ll be able to both get comfortable and avoid stubbing your toe walking to the bathroom in the dark.

Extension Cord – If you’re struggling with keeping your phone or laptop charged while relaxing comfortably due to the length of your power cord, there could be an easy solution. Many hotels have small extension cords available by request.

Socks and Slippers – You’re probably aware that many upscale hotels have snuggly bathrobes stashed in each room for their guests. But did you know many hotels also have slippers or socks available in case you left yours at home?

Hair Tools – It’s incredibly common for hotel rooms to come standard with hair dryers. However, some hotels have hair straighteners and curling irons available for guest use.

Netflix Access – Avoid spending your extra cash on pay-per-view movies in your room by accessing your Netflix account through streaming enabled devices. Many hotels are making it easier for you and your crew to chill out and binge your favorite flicks by providing appropriate devices and free Wi-Fi.

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Board Games and Toys – It’s understandable to be concerned about keeping the kids busy while you’re in your hotel room, while also wishing to avoid overloading your suitcase. Check with your hotel, as many keep a stash of board games and other toys for young guests (and guests who are young at heart) to enjoy. Some hotels even keep video game consoles and games available for guests to use.

Pet Accessories – To avoid packing an additional suitcase when you’re traveling with your furry best friend, check with the hotel before you pack. Many pet-friendly hotels have all the beds, toys, and other accessories your pet needs each day and can have them delivered directly to your room. 

Yoga Mats – Sticking to your healthy routines while you’re traveling can be difficult. Hotels realize it and more and more are offering yoga mats during your stay.  

Workout Gear – Another way hotels are attempting to help you stick to your healthy lifestyle choices is by allowing you to borrow workout gear during your stay. Whether you forgot your gym clothes or you need free weights, check with the hotel to see what’s available.

Beach Towels and Chairs – When you’re headed out for a beach vacation, giant beach towels and chairs can take up a ton of packing space. Beachside hotels often have this kind of gear on-hand for you to borrow or rent during your stay.

Bicycles – If you want to get out and about during your stay but don’t want to take a car, some hotels have bicycles for guests to borrow or rent.

Umbrellas – You can never be too sure of what the weather will do when you’re traveling, but packing an umbrella can take up precious suitcase space. Your hotel may have some behind the front desk for you to use.

Use the Concierge’s Knowledge

It’s no secret that when you need reservations or tickets to the hottest show in town, the concierge is your go-to person. But, have you ever wondered how far their expertise extends?

In most cases, it doesn’t matter what you’re looking for or what kind of problem you’re trying to solve, the concierge is the one who has all the answers.

Holiday Decorations – When you’re traveling during the holidays, reach out to the concierge and ask them to make your space feel festive. They will be able to deck out your hotel room with decorations to make the season feel extra special (sometimes for an extra fee).

Romantic Experiences – Do something special for the one you love and surprise them by asking the concierge to find your loved one’s favorite flowers at a local spot and fill the room full of them.

snacks and candies in bowls

Snacks and Beverages – If you must have a specific snack or beverage available at all hours of the day or night, reach out to your hotel’s concierge and they can arrange to have your room stocked with all your favorites.

Local Services – The concierge can help you find the right people to assist you in organizing anything you need to do while you’re at your destination. For example, if you had car trouble while en route, the concierge knows where to find a great local mechanic. They can help you figure out how to get your car there and can assist with making all the arrangements to have it all taken care of before your planned departure.

Personal Shopping or Alterations – Did you tear the slacks you’ve been planning to wear for your big presentation? Don’t worry! Reach out to the concierge desk and they can take care of having them repaired or replaced without you having to miss any of your scheduled events.

Ask the Hotel Staff for Forgotten Items

It’s common for hotel guests to realize once they’ve arrived at the hotel that they missed something important on their packing list. When this happens to you, reach out to the front desk before you make a late-night run to replace it. Many commonly needed items are available for free or as a loan.

 Commonly requested items many hotels have on hand include:

  • Phone chargers
  • Adapters
  • Safety pins
  • Band-Aids
  • Feminine products
  • Nail files
  • Hair ties
  • Lint rollers
  • Razors
  • Earplugs
  • Resealable plastic bags for carrying toiletries while flying
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, or mouthwash
  • Sewing kits for minor repairs 

Every hotel varies, but some even have cufflinks and bow ties for special events. No matter what you’ve realized is missing from your suitcase, check with the hotel staff before letting the stress get to you.

An important thing to keep in mind as you make these requests: each time a hotel staff member delivers something to your room, you should be tipping them $2. As for concierge requests, your tip should be based on the difficulty of the task you’re asking them to complete for you. If you’re getting dinner reservations around the corner and it’s not too busy, $3 to $5 is enough. If they decorated your room with flowers, consider handing them a $20 bill.

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