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17 hotel hacks

story by: Anna Sarjeant

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Make the most of your stay with one (or all) of these nifty hotel hacks. 

1. To score a larger room, request a corner room because they’re usually bigger. 

2. For the quietest room, ask for one midway along the hallway. These are generally further away from elevators and ice dispensers etc. 

3. Request a top floor room to avoid noise filtering down from above. However, expect to pay more for rooms higher up. Especially if you’re staying at a hotel with club floors. 

4. Do a little bit of research about your hotel’s ameni¬ties prior to arriving - especially the perks it might offer. From complimentary bike rentals to discount spa prices, it’s worth knowing what the benefits are. 

5. Avoid calling front desk for special requests between 9am – 1pm. It’s their busiest time and they won’t be able to help as easily. 

6. Take a HDMI cable to attach the TV to your laptop. The next episode of Peaky Blinders is all but a WiFi password away. 

7. Pack a power board so you can charge multiple gadgets all at once. Check your voltage first.

8. Failing that, charge your phone using the USB slot on the back of the TV. 

9. Invest in a WiFi travel router that will set up a single hotspot for all your devices to share.

10. If you arrive at your hotel before check-in, you can usually drop your bags off with concierge and request an access card to their gym and other facilities. Perfect for freshening up after a flight. 

11. Early check-ins and late check-outs are not unusual requests and yet many of us feel sheep¬ish asking for them. Don’t be. Most hotels will be happy to accommodate. But call ahead - the day before is best. 

12. Forget something? This happens all the time and hotels expect it. Don't dash out to the local store for toothpaste, plug adapters or iPhone chargers, they're all behind the front desk.

13. Ask for children’s toys. They might not advertise it, but most hotels stock art supplies and various toys to keep their smaller guests occupied. 

14. Avoid paying for WiFi by signing up to the hotel’s loyalty program. Many of the bigger chains offer complimentary internet. 

15. Check in advance about daily resort fees. These are particularly common in the USA. They’re a mandatory fee added to your nightly room rate (to pay for the upkeep of facilities). 

16. Got a young tot in tow? Take a baby-proofing kit which could include a few outlet covers, table-cor¬ner covers, tape and rubber bands.

17. Ask for a newly renovated room. Most large hotels are regularly upgrading so there's no harm in asking for the one with the freshest lick of paint. 

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