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Laura Marano

"Chilling out on the bed in your hotel room watching television, while wearing your own pajamas, is sometimes the best part of a vacation."
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Diane von Furstenberg

"When you get into a hotel room, you lock the door, and you know there is a secrecy, there is a luxury, there is fantasy. There is comfort. There is reassurance."
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George Bernard Shaw

"The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life."
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Bill Bryson

"I still enjoy traveling a lot. I mean, it amazes me that I still get excited in hotel rooms just to see what kind of shampoo they've left me."

Tips for Improving Your Hotel’s Service

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People have always asked me what makes my hotel so stellar, despite it being a relatively mid ranged budget hotel. My answer is that I give extra special attention to the service at my hotel. So, how do you improve the service of your hotel anyway?

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Vacations with Your Kids – Choosing the Right Hotel for Your Family

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If you are like me, then chances are that you sometimes get stumped about coming up with activities for the school holidays for your children. It’s not always easy, trying to come up with something that will keep them happy and engaged. But sometimes you figure out exactly what you want to do for them–send them to camp, send them to some sort of lessons, or heck, even take them on a vacation somewhere they’ve always wanted to go.

As a parent, I’ve been asked a few times by my kids to take them to amusement parks. And of course, we all know which one in particular all children want to go to…right? ;)

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So one day I decided to surprise my children with the fact that I was taking them to Disney World in the US. But before I did that, I had to make sure that everything was all pre-planned, just because I prefer everything to be set as soon as humanly possible. So I booked all manner of tickets…and then of course there was the matter of choosing the right hotel.

Choosing a hotel that’s the right fit for your entire family isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. But thankfully given the fact that I am in the hotel business, I know what to look for. So here are a few tips in case you’re also looking for a hotel when you go on a vacation with your kids!

Amenities
The first thing you need to do is look at the amenities. All hotels are going to have hotel rooms. And beds. And bathrooms. But you need amenities suited to your children. Does the hotel have a pool? A playground? A daycare service just in case mum and dad want to go out on their own for a day?

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Some hotels have other amenities too that would make life easier for you as well, like laundry services (believe me, not all hotels offer it). So look for the best fit for you and your family. Of course amenities for mum and dad aren’t bad too.

Comfort
The second most important thing I look for when it comes to hotels when I am taking my kids with me is comfort. The beds have to be comfortable. The rooms have to be black out dark at night. It has to be quiet.

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Everyone–mum, dad, and kids–have to be able to get a good night’s sleep. Because going on vacation with cranky children is never any fun. The better quality sleep everyone gets, the happier everyone will be.

Price
Naturally when traveling everyone has a budget, so if you want to stay within it you are going to have to look for a hotel that is within your price range, but still ticks the two boxes above.

And I know that it can be difficult to book a hotel when you’re not even in the place itself, so what you can do is look online for reviews and base your decisions off that. Best of luck to you and your family–as well as your vacation!

You can also refer to this video on how to find a cheap hotel in London:

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Checking Into Pet Friendly Hotels

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We are all about hotels here and of course we want to talk about varying accommodations to suit every kind of traveller. Today, we will be talking about animal lovers who enjoy travelling with their pets, whether it is around the world or just to another city.

More and more people are choosing to bring their pets with them while travelling or while on holiday. So it is no wonder that there are now more and more hotels that are willing to allow people to bring in their pets, particularly, dogs.

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Dogs are by far one of the most common pets so it is no wonder that hotels will usually cater to dog owners in particular. If you need some tips for checking into a pet friendly hotel, here they are:

Check online for pet friendly hotels
One of the things you need to do is to check online for pet friendly hotels at your destination. While a quick keyword search will often get you good results, you can also try certain websites that specialise in finding you dog friendly hotels by listing. It really helps if you want to check for specifics too, as many of these places will include pictures of the room and such.

Always call the hotel directly for their policies about pets
However, always make sure that you call the hotel directly to inquire about their policies, even if you can book online. Hotels have the right to change their policies without prior notice so it is quite possible that they may suddenly not accept pets at all.

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When booking, make sure that you ask for any extra fees and requirements, and if your stay will include a deep clean to get rid of any pet hair and the like.

Make sure your pets meet the hotel’s requirements
Usually, hotels have specific requirements for those who want to take their pets in. First off, your pet has to be house trained and not soil the carpets or other surfaces of the room. Next, your pet has to be proven to be free of fleas and ticks, which could cause a nasty outbreak of parasites throughout the hotel. Most hotels will require that you provide proof of a clean bill of health as well.

Your dog should also be non-aggressive and quiet, as dogs who bark incessantly are a bother to all hotel guests.

Meanwhile, here’s a cool video some celebrity dogs checking into hotels:

Bring your own dog food
You should always bring your dog food as most hotels do not have a reliable stock of dog food available. If they did have dog food available, it is often of the low quality variety that could make your dog sick. I always choose high quality, grain free dog food to give to my dogs, so I always bring my own.

My suggestion is that you purchase dog food sold at wholesale, so that you can get a bulky order for a much lower price than the usual. This way, you will be able to feed your dog a healthy diet, even while you are inside a hotel.

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