Those who are not familiar with hotel services and payment policies might end up with huge hotel bills, although the price shown on booking site or website of the hotel was pretty low. Hotels and other accommodation providers have come up with almost infinite ways how to charge some extra money from their clients. What is the worst thing about that – clients usually are not aware of that and use extra services as they were free of charge. To avoid that you should which are the hidden coasts of accommodation?
Nowadays quite popular is service fee. Actually that is tip for housekeeper or other hotel staff, which is compulsory charge. Usually tips are voluntary, but as there are many clients who are not willing to pay them, many hotels add them to bill. They usually are small, but if you stay in hotel for a long time, it might grow and become quite meaningful.
Also snacks and bottled water in the room in most cases is not complimentary as many clients think. Just because they are into your room and put on your desk, doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay for them. Usually there is list of prices put somewhere on the table, but if the client doesn’t notice that, he probably will think all of that is free of charge. Also these snacks are very expensive. Bottle of water can cost even 5 EUR, so be very careful with that.
In the high quality hotels and resorts there is sometimes groundkeeper’s fee that is not included in the total price of hotel, but is added to bill later. It is fee for using the parks, lawns, gardens and other outdoor places that is a part of hotels property. Usually it is charged from every client, no matter if they actually go outside or not.
Parking is charged extra in many hotels, beside the charges of that can be quite big. If there is guarded parking lot with parking services, that might even coast 50 EUR par day. So if you stay at the hotel for more than one day, you might have to spend huge amount of money. Better ask for prices before parking a car. If it is too much for you, leave your car somewhere else.
Taxes are the best tool for hotels. If the client is not aware of all the taxes of the place he is staying, there might be some extra expenditure. Many hotels show the prices of the room without any taxes and at the end note that there will be some taxes added. Be very careful with that. Better calculate the total price, because in many cases all the taxes together can form huge bill.
So now you see that hotels can put some extra charges to almost anything. If you are using any other services than accommodation itself and breakfast, better ask if you have to pay for it or not. Also make some research to make sure everything about taxes and other hidden charges, so you won’t end up spending a lot more money than planned before.
Accommodation is not all about hotels. There are many kinds of places where to stay over a night. One of the most extreme and at the same time most unique type of accommodation is camping or campsite. It is not something that only poor travelers choose. It is something that can give unforgettable experience, but before staying over a night at camping, you must know how to choose the right campsite. It is even harder than choosing a hotel, because wrong campsite can even mean insanitary and uncomfortable conditions.
Most extreme travelers can choose unsettled campsites somewhere in forest or other wild locations, but if you are not experienced camper, better don’t do that. It might seem like really great authentic experience, but you can’t be sure about your safety in unknown area. Also no one will be responsible about you. Better choose established camping with some facilities and services.
There are many well campsites available all over the world. If you are specially searching for campsites, you might get quite confused because of the huge supply and variety. It might be hard to choose the most appropriate one, so follow some simple steps.
First you must check for the location. Unlike hotels, campsites are located more in rural or wild areas that are remote form cities. So if your destination is the city, there might be problems with transportation. If you choose inappropriate camping you might be unable to get from the campsite to the city or other places you need to get. Make sure you will be able to get around with no problems.
Definitely check the facilities provided in camping. Campsites have some ratings just like hotels, but not all of the campsites have been classified, so you must make sure there will be everything you need. There can be wide verity of camping quality. Some campsites offer nothing more but a camp place, but others provide full service just like hotels. If you use booking sites, you can use the advanced search to find what you need.
When you have found the camping that is located in appropriate place and that provides all you need, you must also check and compare the prices. Some campsites are even more expensive then hotels, so evaluate if it’s really worth to choose exact camping as your accommodation. Prices are very different so be careful with this step.
And at the very end check the feedbacks. That is very important when it comes to camping’s, because different people have very different opinions about staying in camping’s. Some really loves being close to nature and nothing else matters, but some just are frustrated and unsatisfied, because of the luck of high service. Read everything and make your own decisions based on that.
On one hand it is easy to choose a campsite, because they are all somehow similar and there are not so many facilities to choose from, but on the other hand you must be sure you won’t end up freezing in a tent with no utilities at all.
The supply of accommodations is huge and it is very hard to find suitable place to stay if you don’t understand the difference of all the establishments that offers the opportunity to stay over a night. Every traveler has different individual needs regarding accommodation and it is lot easier to satisfy them if you look at most appropriate accommodation category.
Hotel is the most popular type of accommodation. It provides not only accommodation itself, but also other guest services such as catering, transfer, entertainment etc. This is also the widest type of accommodation, because hotels are classified in categories itself. Usually there are 5 categories rated with stars or letters from A to E. These categories differ with such aspects as size, location amenities. Hotels usually are expensive, so they are suitable for those who are willing to pay for the comfort.
Hostel is lower class accommodation than hotel. Usually it provides only accommodation itself and catering. Rooms and facilities in hostels usually have to be shared with other guests. They are significantly cheaper than most of the hotels, so they are appropriate for backpackers and budget travelers.
Motel is something similar to hostel (with minimal amenities), but with adjustments to park motor vehicles such as cars, motorbikes, trailers etc. Motels usually are located on the side of the road, so drivers could find them easily and stay over a night any time. They are usually used by lorry and other drivers.
Guest house or a cottage is small accommodation in rural area. Usually there is only until 10 rooms in a guest house. Lot of them is simple rural properties, modified into an accommodation. Rooms usually are simple and facilities has to be shared, but there are some rural tourism attractions offered such as bath house, walking trails, nature tourism objects etc. Guest houses are appropriate for those who are looking not only for accommodation, but also some rural activities.
Mansion or villa is luxury variation of a guest house. They usually are located on huge, solitary property and building itself is historic and architecturally significant. They usually offer very sophisticated rooms, catering and other services. Mansions are meant for those travelers, who are looking for top service.
Resort is type of accommodation that concentrates more on extra services. Rooms and basic services are on the same level as in hotels, but there are lots of recreational services provided. Usually they are located next to beach and they are equipped with pools, bath houses, SPA centers, lounges, gyms etc. They are meant for holidaymakers who are willing to pay for expensive service.
Camping is a place where tents, huts, or other temporary structures can be set. Usually there is a place for a campfire and separated facilities near camping. There are no amenities, but some extra entertainments can be offered. This is one of the cheapest accommodations. Usually adventure and active tourists choose campaigns.
Glamping is a glamour camping with amenities. Unlike in traditional camping, in glamping there are small houses with all the facilities instead of tents. It is appropriate for travelers, who would like to enjoy the nature, but have some amenities as well.
These are the basic types of accommodation, but they can also be subdivided. Nowadays also all kind of unique and interesting accommodations can be found, but is you are not looking for something extraordinary, these descriptions of accommodation types could be useful.