5 Questions to Ask Before Checking into a Hotel

July 20, 2015
Written by: Yasha Wallin

You’ve picked out the hotel of your dreams and are ready to check-in. But before getting settled, there are a few key questions you could—and should—ask at the front desk. That way you’ll end up with the best room and be knowledgeable about the perks on offer while at the property. Below, the five most important things to know before getting your room key:

Is there an option for late checkout?

Most of sbe’s hotels are either connected to or a stone’s throw away from some of the country’s best nightlife venues. So while you’re away from home—whether for business or pleasure—there’s no reason not to take advantage of this. But—be sure to ask for late check out so you can sleep off a little bit of your hangover before having to face daylight again.

Is there a resort fee and what does it include?

Many hotels charge to use amenities like the pool, gym, Wi-Fi, etc. So there won’t be any surprises at the end when you get your final bill, it’s best to know what the daily resort rate is. Plus, that way you can schedule enough pool time in to make sure you get your money’s worth!

Are there any discounts with the hotel’s restaurant/nightlife partners, or other exclusive deals?

Many hotels offer guests exclusive discounts with partner restaurants or property perks. For instance, at The Raleigh Miami Beach, you have a choice of either two welcome drinks or a pitcher of Sangria poolside per stay. Similarly, some hotels have worked out deals with museums, theaters, and other cultural organizations.

Is there a family staying next door to me?

We’re all in favor of little ones, but when it comes to getting away for a little relaxation, it’s best to avoid sleeping next to noisy neighbors. Conversely, if you’re planning to have a party in your room, ask for a room away from a lot of people to avoid any disgruntled guests.

Where is my room located?

Not all hotel rooms are created equal. If you ask the front desk nicely, you may end up with an ocean front view, a balcony, a recently renovated room, or other perks you might not otherwise have received. And don’t be shy if you check into your room and it doesn’t meet your standards, often there are other rooms available that you could get an upgrade to.