A quarter of hotels more expensive on OTAs
Ranking of hotels is not optimised to show best results for the consumer, but to achieve maximum profit for OTAs.According to a study by the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW), hotels are given inferior positions in the search results, for example if they quote cheaper prices on their own website. "Not every positioning and recommendation on major... read more...
The Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood
Welcome to The Hotel Alyeska, Alaska’s premier year-round resort
destination. Nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks,
hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views, The Hotel Alyeska offers
our guests luxurious accommodations and convenient access to the
magnificent Alaskan wilderness.
We first opened our doors to guests in 1994. Today,... read more...
Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear
ALABAMA: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point ClearTreat yourself to a memorable experience at the Grand Hotel Marriott
Resort, Golf Club & Spa. Located near Fairhope, Alabama in the
picturesque beach hamlet of Point Clear, our resort offers guests
opportunities for both relaxation and entertainment. Challenge yourself
at one of... read more...
Travel Tips to Italy
About the countyItaly, the birthplace of pasta and pizza provides a wide range of choices for artwork lovers to experience. A temperate climate exists here with very hot summers and not so cold winters. The weather is the best in spring and autumn with pleasant temperatures and scenic views. At that time of the year, the place isnt crowded much and things... read more...
Travel tips to Greece
About the countyBeing one of the earliest civilizations known to human kind Greece is a country with rich history, heritage and culture. It is the place where Byzantine Empire once ruled and also great Ottoman Empire. It is also considered to be as the birth place of Democracy. Athens is the capital city of Greece. The Olympic games originated in Greece. Not... read more...
Travel Tips to Cyprus
About the CountryCyprus is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is inhabited with mountains on the north and south and the south coast is covered with plains. The temperatures are really hot indicating Mediterranean climate. Winters are cooler. Nicosia is the capital city of Cyprus. The currency used here is Cypriot Pound. CultureGreek,... read more...
Enjoy A Sojourn Agra Holiday At The Best Hotels In Agra
Agra, a magnificent city that is most popular for housing Taj Mahal and the multitude of amazing palaces, forts, mosques, residencies, and other ancient structures that are evenly sprinkled in all over the city, is one of the most popular destinations in the nation. An ancient city that still lives and breathes in its old world ambiance, Agra is one fine... read more...
Enjoy Less Hassle and Stress When Traveling With These Tips
When traveling, whether it's for a day or a month, don't advertise your absence on social media sites. If you do, this lets people know that you're going to be away from home and that most likely your house will be empty. This significantly raises your chances of being robbed while you're out of town.Be aware of departure taxes. Some countries have departure... read more...
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barclaycard arrival plusThere are two versions of the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard: one with no annual fee and fewer bonuses, and the annual fee version, which is a chip card for added convenience and security when making... read more...
The 9 Hottest Right Now
Mission Inn, Riverside, CA
More than four million holiday lights sparkle at the historic Mission
Inn come December, as part of Southern California's traditional Festival
of Lights. The hoopla includes more than 400 animatronic
characters-plus a 12 Days of Christmas cocktail menu (including hot
chocolate and a Partridge in a Pear Tree with Absolut Pears... read more...
What Can (and Can't) You Take from Hotel Rooms?
When you're packing your bags and checking out of a hotel, you might be tempted to grab a few extra soaps, a notepad, or maybe even a towel. Is that stealing or does the hotel expect you to swipe a few items? A hotel manager responds and lets us know what's okay to take with you.Things like towels, hair dryers, lamps, TVs, and TV remotes (I think some guests... read more...
The Hearst Castle
The Hearst Castle is Californian Historical Sight mansion on Central Coast in California. It has been built between 1919 and 1947 and it is designed by architect Julia Morgan. The castle has been designed for William Randolph Hearst who died in 1951. Since that castle has been donated to the state of California and has been stated as historical park. The few... read more...
FRONT DESK AGENTS CAN ALSO BE AGENTS OF KARMA. - Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk
Any arriving guest should receive what are referred to as initial keys, which are programmed to reset the door lock when
they are first inserted, deactivating all previous keys. Not until the keys expire or a new initial key enters the lock
will the keys fail to work. With a "key bomb," I cut one single initial key and then start over and cut a second... read more...
BELLMEN HATE YOUR SUITCASE-BUT NOT BECAUSE IT'S HEAVY. - Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk
Bernard Sadow: the man all bellmen hate, though they've never heard his name. In 1970, he invented the wheeled suitcase,
the bane of the bellman's existence. Before that, the bellman was a necessity, a provider of ease and comfort, a useful
member of society. When Sadow sold his first prototype to Macy's in October 1970, he instigated a catastrophic change... read more...
BOOK ON A DISCOUNT SITE, GET A DISCOUNT EXPERIENCE. - Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk
Reservations made through Internet discount sites are almost always slated for our worst rooms. Does this seem unfair?
First of all, we earn the slimmest profit from these reservations. And honestly, those guests didn't really choose our
property based on quality; they chose based on value. We were at the top of a list sorted by price. But the guest... read more...
NEVER, EVER PAY FOR THE MINIBAR. - Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk
Minibars. Most people are appalled at the prices. However, you never have to pay for the items in the minibar. Why not?
Minibar charges are, without question, the most disputed charges on any bill. That is because the process for applying
those charges is horribly inexact. Keystroke errors, delays in restocking, double stocking, and hundreds of... read more...
ENJOY YOUR LEMONY FRESH GLASSES. - Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk
You know what cleans the hell out of a mirror, and I'm talking no streaks? Windex? No. Furniture polish. Spray on a
thick white base, rub it in, and you'll be face-to-face with a spotless, streak-free mirror. However, I am not
recommending you take this tip and apply it in your own home. Though using furniture polish is quick and effective, over
time it... read more...
THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO CASE A PILLOW. - Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk
To put on a pillowcase, the housekeepers throw a solid karate chop right down the middle of the pillow and then shove it
in, folded like a bun. This method is preferred to the civilian method of tucking it under your chin and pulling up the
pillowcase like a pair of pants because these ladies have no interest in letting 50 pillows a day come into contact... read more...
SMART COMPLAINERS WIN. - Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk
Though most complaints should be delivered to the front desk directly, in person or on the phone, keep in mind that most
issues will not have been caused by the front desk at all. So briefly outline your problem, offer a solution if you have
one, and then ask whom you should speak with to have the problem solved. "Should I speak to a manager about... read more...
STAYING FOR JUST ONE NIGHT? YOU MIGHT GET "WALKED." - Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk
The term "walking a guest" sends shivers down any manager's spine. Since the average no-show rate is 10 percent daily,
hotels will overbook whenever possible. The sales and reservations departments are encouraged to book the property to
110 percent capacity, in the hopes that with cancellations and no-shows they will fill every room. What happens when... read more...