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Travel Tip Tuesday - Booking a Hotel Room

Choosing a comfortable hotel is half the battle of traveling and Tours of Distinction prides itself on the many fine lodging partners that we have worked with and developed relationships with over our nearly fifty years in the travel industry. One of our primary goals in offering escorted travel for small groups is to make sure our clients are comfortable in their “home away from home.”  The choice of a good hotel that provides value and comfort is part of the foundation of all of our tours so our clients sleep easy!

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Questions About Hotels

One of the most important services Tours of Distinction offer clients is communication. We encourage our clients to tell us what their needs and expectations are in regard to lodging. Although we are not responsible for extenuating circumstances, along with our hotel partners, we strive to meet and often exceed expectations. When asking about hotel rooms, it is important for clients to express what is important to them and what their expectations are. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

A Quiet Room - If you prefer a quiet room always request a room on an upper floor that is away from the elevator, guest laundry facilities, exits, housekeeping closets, and ice machines. As a rule of thumb, a room midway down a hallway is usually away from places where noise can be made.

The Pool. Although pools are pretty to look at from above, pools can be late night gathering places regardless of posted hours.  Sound tends to bounce off water and if that is a problem for you, ask for a room that doesn’t face a pool. 

Banquet, Bar and Restaurant Spaces. Also related to noise and guest traffic patterns, ask if the room is a few floors above banquet, bar or other public space. It is surprising how noise can travel up a floor or two.

Check the website. Depending on your needs, it is sometimes wise to check the hotel website to see what amenities are provided. Knowing what is and what is not provided will help you pack. 

Ask your Tour Director - All tours offered by TOD is accompanied by a Professional Tour Director, and with good reason. They are well trained to meet your needs because your satisfaction is important. The staff of the hotel works closely with our Tour Directors because you are a valued client. If problems arise from forgotten toothbrushes or a broken hair dryer to room relocations our Tour Director along with hotel staff work together to offer the quickest and most direct assistance possible. Through advocacy and advice, our Tour Director can assuage most situations pleasing both you and the hotel.