pay for a room before you see it!
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2) Ask to see a few
different rooms, both upstairs and down. Rooms often vary in quality,
features and size.
3) Check beds
for comfort (lay on them) and smell bedding and pillows
(mildew check). This is most important, as you will be
spending most of your room time in bed. Ask if
they have mattress covers, as these soften the bed
4) Ascertain room
ventilation. Is there cross ventilation? Is there an overhead fan? Turn it on and see if it works.
How quiet is it? You may have to
have it running while trying to sleep. Same with air conditioners,
even a little squeak may keep you awake.
5) Check for street traffic
or other sources of noise that may keep you awake. Courtyard
facing rooms are usually quieter. Take some ear plugs with
6) Bathroom: Check for
presence of toilet seat and shower curtain (sometimes they are
missing). Check where the water
from the shower drains to; will it overflow onto the floor? Turn on hot water tap and see if the
water is hot. Ask if there is hot water at all times. It is not
unusual for some rooms to have hot water, while others don't.
7) Check for obvious
unclean conditions; dirty floors, windows, etc. If you smell must
and mold, then the room probably is not clean or has suffered from
cleaning neglect for a long period of time. Upstairs rooms are
often fresher, because they catch more breeze. Mold grows
quickly because of warm temperatures and high humidity.
8) Check room lights for
operation and note where switches and lamps are located. Is there a
lamp conveniently located for reading at a table or desk or while lying in bed?
9) Security Check; Do all
windows and door locks work properly? Is there quick access out in
an emergency? Are the exits lighted at night? Is there an
overnight desk clerk? Do they have lockable entrance gates?
10) Get prices on different
types of rooms before you try bargaining. Rooms often vary in
size and quality. Always barter for stays 3 days or longer, or
if you think the room is not up to the price standard.
Discounts are usually given for longer stays, but you have to ask.
Confirm that taxes and maid services are included in the quoted
12) If you find out later that you don't like your room, ask if you
can move to another.
Let management know when you are dissatisfied.