Since 2008, I’ve been planning events and conferences almost full-time at a variety of hotels and resorts across the country. And I have to say, four years ago, I knew nothing. Nothing. I’d just show up, take whatever came my way, and never ask questions or inquire about options. But I’ve learned a few things about working with hotels, booking hotels, and generally just getting the most of out of your hotel experiences.
I recently traveled with my family (For fun! Not work!) to the Westin Kierland resort in Scottsdale, AZ, and I was reminded of some of the extra things to look out for and to consider when booking hotel accommodations for yourself or for your family.
Here are five favorite tips…
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Two Words: Club Level. Look Into It.
Seriously. Seriously consider the club level. It can run you an additional $50 to $100 a night...depending on the hotel, but with it, you get access to all kinds of greatness...including free breakfast, lunch, snacks, and often dinner. They'll even box it up for you. And I'm telling you, this is a huge lifesaver (And money saver. Really.) with kids. Snacks. Water. Fruit. More snacks. These things seriously add up, and they're totally available to you (often 24X7) on the club level. In the end, I've always found this to be a money saver. I'm a huge club level convert. It's the way to go when you're traveling with kids. Or even when you're not.
Huge thanks to Westin Hotels & Resorts for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.