How to Get Great Hotel Service (& Save Money, Too!)

Hotel Angeleno, part of the Joie du Vive group, Los Angeles, Ca

Travel is full of opportunities…to overspend.  Transportation, lodging and food – all necessary and can come with a pretty high price tag, especially when one can’t plan their travel around discounts, specials, or off-season. Recently we were able to find some real travel savings by following a familiar  tried-and-true simple approach.
We had booked a hotel stay for 4 nights.  After two nights we realized we needed to extend our stay and booked an additional 3 nights. The additional 3 nights were over a weekend and the rates were lower than the first four mid-week nights.  So, our final bill would be two rates: 4 nights at the the mid-week rate, and  3 nights at the weekend rate.
At check out we shared some light conversation with the front desk staff, as we had often done often during the stay, (tip: never hurts to be nice, and become a real person to them, not just another room-charge)  but this time conversation  turned to the topic of the hospitality business.  We inquired about who actually ran the coffee shop and restaurant, ( tip: never hurts to be interested in them) and we did make a suggestion about what they might consider doing should the coffee shop fail to open again as it had one morning during our time there. (tip: gently suggest that they have not been perfect and you have been somewhat put out) We mentioned having been repeat guests, and that we would be returning in the future.  (tip: remind them that you are a future source of revenue, and publicity) A delightful conversation actually.  One of the staff members even asked if we would please make an entry at Trip Adviser.
So when we pleasantly asked if there might be anything they could do to help bring some balance to the difference in rates we were being charged, they pleasantly tried to accommodate our request.  And…we ended up receiving a $50 credit for each of the 4 nights with a higher rate.
Score!  We saved $200 – just by asking! Of course being nice and sharing a few laughs didn’t hurt, either.  But we were very pleased by their efforts and by the fact that the staff were willing to listen and empowered to take action, and we let them know it  (tip: always let them know you are appreciative).
And, we absolutely will be staying there again in the future.
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Hotel Angeleno, part of the Joie de Vivre Hotels group, Los Angeles, California, USA

Travel is full of opportunities…to overspend.  Transportation, lodging and food – all are unavoidable necessities and can come with a pretty high price tag, especially during those times when one can’t plan their travel around discounts, specials, or off-season rates. Recently we were able to find some fantastic quality hotel customer service which lead to our receiving some real travel savings when we followed one of our favorite familiar tried-and-true simple approaches.

We had booked a hotel stay at the Hotel Angeleno for 4 nights.  After two nights we realized we needed to extend our stay and booked an additional 3 nights. The additional 3 nights were over a weekend and the rates were lower than the first four mid-week nights.  So, our final bill would be the combination of two rates: 4 nights at the the mid-week rate, and  3 nights at the weekend rate (tip: in addition to planning for off-season deals and discounts, if possible, try to plan for weekend rates which are often lower than weekdays).

At check out we shared some light conversation with the front desk staff, as we had often done during the stay, (tip: never hurts to be a nice real person and cultivate a relationship) but this time our conversation turned to the topic of the hospitality business. We inquired about who actually owned and operated  the coffee shop and restaurant, (tip: never hurts to be friendly and interested in them and their business) and we did make a suggestion about what they might consider doing should the coffee shop fail to open again as it had the previous morning, and also mentioned how pleased we were that the ragged frayed towels we encountered during our prior visit were no longer being used. (tip: whining is often not effective and never appreciated, but a gentle suggestion that they have not been perfect is more likely to get management’s willing attention) We mentioned that we’ve been repeat guests, and that we would be returning in the future.  (tip: remind them that you are a future source of revenue and [social media] publicity) It was a delightful conversation actually.  One of the staff members even asked if we would please make an entry at Trip Advisor, which we eventually did.

So when we pleasantly asked if there might be anything they could do to help bring some balance to the difference in rates we were being charged, they pleasantly tried to accommodate our request. And…we pleasantly ended up receiving a $50 credit for each of the 4 nights that were billed with a higher rate, and a parking credit.

Score!  We saved $200 – just by pleasantly asking! (yep, it’s “That Same Old Money-Saving Tip, Again”)

So often we encounter hotel staff who clearly don’t have the power to generate a remedy, which is an obvious indicator that upper management has provided little or no direction, training, or protocol for staff to follow so that they may graciously care for a guest’s needs (tip: encountering this is usually is a sign that management doesn’t care about providing quality hospitality service to their guests – which is a point to keep in mind when considering choices for your next hotel reservation, because pour customer care is no bargain).

It was immediately clear that the Hotel Angeleno’s staff was empowered to take action. We were really impressed by their desire to please, and we let them know it (tip: always let them know you are appreciative).

And, we absolutely will stay with them again in the future.

Jamie, sltv

Know before you go – videos with travel savings tips:

Arthur Frommer Shares His Top 10 Bargain Travel Tips – A rare appearance from the travel master himself, founder of Frommer’s Travel.

Best Sites for Flights – Tips from travel vloggers, Trip on a Deal.

Travel Insider Tips: Eating and Sleeping – Travel editor, PBS travel program host, author, owner Edmonds Travel, Rick Steves.

Visit the SLTV Travel Section– Our travel section has video tips on everything from travel insurance, to coupons, to packing for a road trip, to finding the best seat on an airplane.

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