Tips on Using Debit Card at Hotels

What you need

  • Extra funds for incidental holds
  • Bank account statement

Tips on Using Debit Card at Hotels

  • Before anything else, make sure that the hotel accepts debit cards because some hotels are no longer accepting debit cards this is due to the customer discontent with fund holds, but many do.

 

  • Make sure that you know the hotels credit card policy before reserving a room.  For incidentals like the mini-bar, movies and room service, some hotels place a monetary hold so you better ask for this one in particular.  This can very costly too, it can hold you from $50 a night to over $100 at some luxury hotels, and will be assessed even if the room has been prepaid.  In the case that this happens, a $300 three-night hotel stay may increase up to $450 visit in an instant, with the extra $150 tied up until the bank or hotel releases the charge.   But you can avoid his by not asking or reminding it in the first place.

 

  • Always make sure that you still have cash on hand if just in case that the hotel slips a hold onto your account, you’ll still be able to buy meals and enjoy the trip until the money is released.  This will always ensure that your trip is low on surprises.  And lastly but still as important like any other matter, it is also a good buffer against potential theft.

 

  • Notify the other user if you are using a joint card when you will be using the debit card for travel.  Inform the other user about the exact amount of cash paid at the hotel.  Also inform her about expected day of fund release for any hold assessed–especially if this amount will deplete the account, or leave little money in it.  Because if you wont do this you might get your transactions declined without warning because sometimes joint account holders often find out the hard way that a mate has used the debit card while traveling.

 

  • Keep all your receipts and examine all of them.   Then once the trip is over check your bank statement.   Transaction mistakes are more likely to happen in a checking account than on a charge card.  So if you won’t double check it, an accidental overcharge can be a disaster and potentially lead to overdraft charges, bounced checks or insufficient-funds charges.  Because resolving it will take a while and you don’t want that so better read your receipts carefully before leaving your hotel.

 

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Know How Much You Should Tip at Hotels

In a USA Today interview Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration Professor Michael Lynn said, a third of the country doesn’t know to tip 15 to 20 percent at a restaurant.  Vivian Deuschl, a vice president for Ritz-Carlton, says tips are not mandatory payments, nor should hotel employees automatically expect them, but they are greatly appreciated and might help make your stay more pleasant.

 

  • Always cheek your bill, notice if freebies are included.  There are hotel spas, restaurants and room services automatically include a tip as part of the bill.  If this is the case that the tip is already included, there in no need for an additional tip necessary but a very small extra tip for exceptional service is up to you.  And if in the case that the tip is not included a 15 to 20 percent tip for room service, spa treatments and other services is good enough.

 

  • Give a tip for the maid everyday.  As of 2010, a $2 to $5 tip is sufficient, with higher tips being left if your room requires more cleanup than usual. “USA Today” recommends that you leave a smaller tip on a daily basis rather than a larger tip at the end of your stay to ensure that the person cleaning your room each day actually gets the tip.

 

  • Rather than when you drop off the car, tip your valet when he returns your car to you from the lot.  Independent Traveler and “USA Today” recommend a tip of $1 to $5, depending on the weather conditions: the worse the weather, the higher the tip.

 

  • And basing on the services the concierge provides, you may or may not give her a higher tip.  You are not obligated to tip if the service is simply asking for directions or recommending a place to eat but if the service is something more difficult, such as finding reservations at an elite restaurant or getting tickets to a sold-out show, a tip of $10 to $50 is in order.

 

  • For the bellhops, base your tip on the number of bags they carry.  And tips are normally ranging from $1 to $2 per bag, with particularly heavy bags garnering higher tips.

 

Instead Of A Hotel Stay At A College Residence

The language you choose for mobile development phoenix can be the difference. If you are tight on budget or you are just simply looking for a cheap place to stay, one of the best ways to reduce the cost of your accommodations, aside from camping, is staying in a college dorm. Staying in college dorms would not be a problem because in the first place they are empty during the holidays and summer break. They are often renting out their rooms as a way to continue to bring revenue. This is actually happening in many countries and not just in United States, in fact in Europe they offer their dormitories for rent as well. Rates range between $35 and $70 per night and will normally consist of access to the kitchen, a lounge area and the local public transit.
• Browse the internet and look for websites like Chamber of Commerce or any related sites about the town or city to which you will travel. List all the colleges and universities in the area, including their phone numbers and website addresses.

• If you have found a school that you are interested in staying, visit its website. Usually private small colleges have rooms for rent, so try to searching on them first. The problem is they do not usually post this on their websites so if there is no posting, call the director of housing for the school directly. It might be that the school has never done it before but would like to try it and consider the idea.

• Make sure to ask the rates you will be charged and ask the things they will include. Make certain that you will be having the access to the cooking facility and bathroom. You will have to be certain that you are allowed to cook food for yourself before agreeing to rent the room. And if you are travelling with a companion do not forget to ask if how many beds are there in the room.

• The downside will be, you have to bring linens, a pillow, blankets or a sleeping bag, and possibly your own cutlery, plate and bowl because dorms do not usually provide these for their borders so probably they wont have it for you either. Bring a towel and toiletries with you and also flip-flops to wear in the shower.

 

Tourism Not Affected By Fasting Month

Ramadhan fasting month which started last Wednesday will not affect the general economic activity, including tourism.  It will continue to run as usual in Bali even whil the Ramadhan fasting month is ongoing.

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Denpasar Tourist Agency head Putu Budiasa told The Jakarta Post that in general, tourism in Bali had remained normal.

 

Everything is business as usual from street-side food stalls to five-star hotels as well as nightlife venues will continue to host customers per normal operating hours.

 

“All activities will run as usual. Nothing changes. The only thing that will change, maybe, is when customers stop by. Those who are fasting may go to restaurants when it’s time to break fast,” he said.

 

He, nevertheless, acknowledged that domestic tourist arrivals might see a slight lessening during the fasting month.  During the summer school holiday, from year to year, Bali regularly sees peak domestic visitor arrivals and mostly from Java.

 

“As most residents in Java are Muslim, many may opt to not to travel during the fasting month. But domestic visitors from other parts of Indonesia are still coming,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, July to August are the peak months for foreign tourist arrivals. Bali tourism agency head Ida Bagus Kade Subhiksu similarly said that there were no operational hour limitations during Ramadhan this year. “Such limits is the authority of each regency and city. As far as I know, operational hours and services at the airport, hotels, restaurants and tourism destinations, will run as usual,” he said.

 

The Bali tourism agency last year recorded that there were 1,339 restaurants with a total capacity of 68,468 seats and 582 bars operating throughout Bali.

 

There are many hotels to choose from to 1,031 non-star hotels with a total 21,114 rooms, 156 star-hotels with 20,269 rooms, and 1,025 villas with 4,642 rooms.  Bali moreover has 345 travel agents, 219 water tourism companies, and 270 tourism destinations.

Head of the Islam education division at the Religious Affairs Ministry’s Bali office, Mustain, said that there was a high level of religious tolerance throughout the island. The majority of Bali itself follows the Hindu faith.

 

“That’s why there’s a high level of religious tolerance here,” he said. Despite the business-as-usual mode, Mustain said that Muslims in Bali were able to perform tarawih (extra prayer service) peacefully at hundreds of mosques and mushollas (prayer rooms) across the island.

Hotels (Tips and Reviews)

Hotel Al Codega

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Venice hotel close to Rialto Bridge

 

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Near St Mark’s Square

This three-floor residence is situated in the city centre of Venice, 200 metres from St Mark’s Square and 300 metres from Rialto Bridge.

 

Hotel bar

Guests can tuck into the breakfast buffet, choose from a selection of drinks in the bar, and ask the concierge to make restaurant reservations.

 

Minibars in rooms

Hotel Al Codega’s guestrooms are decorated in a traditional style with antique furnishings and wooden floors; all include cable TV, minibars and telephones.

 

Hotel Amenities

General

Hotel Al Codega’s bar offers a wide selection of drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with low-level lighting. Guests can unwind over complimentary newspapers or watch television in the lobby. The concierge can advise on local sightseeing and guests can book tickets to shows and attractions using complimentary wireless Internet access. Hotel Al Codega also offers a 24-hour front desk and room service.

 

Dining

Guests of Hotel Al Codega enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning.

The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but there are several dining options within the surrounding area.

 

Nearby restaurants:

Antico Dolo

Al Giardinetto

Accessibility

To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests” section of “Trip Preferences” when you book your hotel.

Accessible path of travel
Roll-in shower
Policies & Fees

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 2 PM

 

Special check-in instructions:

A tax is imposed by the city and will be collected at the property (check Mandatory Fees and Taxes section for fee details). This tax does not apply to residents of Venice City and children under 10 years of age. Further exemptions may apply, subject to submission of proper documents to the property, to patients, their companions and people staying in the city for specific purposes/duties. 30% reduction applies for 2012: from 1 to 31 December; for 2013: from 1 to 31 January and from 1 to 31 December.

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment Types

Accepted at this hotel: MasterCard, Visa

Pets

Pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

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Fees

Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check-in or check-out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:

 

A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 4 per person, per night for adults; EUR 2 per night for guests aged 10-15 years old. This tax does not apply to children under 10 years of age. We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Hotel ICON

4.5-star luxury hotel in Kowloon (Yau Tsim Mong) near Hong Kong Coliseum

 

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By the sea

This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Kowloon, walking distance from Hong Kong Museum of History and Hong Kong Coliseum. Also nearby are Nathan Road and K11 Shopping Mall.

 

Spa and fitness

In addition to 2 restaurants, Hotel ICON features an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a full-service spa and a conference center.

 

LCD TVs, soaking tubs

LCD televisions include cable channels. Guestrooms also feature deep soaking bathtubs, refrigerators, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

 

 

Hotel Amenities

General

In addition to a full-service spa, Hotel ICON features an outdoor pool and a health club. Dining is available at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants and guests can grab coffee at the coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. High-speed wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary.

 

This 4.5-star property offers access to a business center, secretarial services, and limo/town car service. Event facilities measuring 6135 square feet (570 square meters) include a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and a meeting/conference room. This luxury hotel also offers a sauna, a steam room, and spa services. An area shuttle and a shopping center shuttle are complimentary for guests. Limited onsite parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis (surcharge). Parking is also available nearby (surcharge).

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free Wi-Fi, Free wired high-speed Internet

Available in some public areas: Free Wi-Fi, Free wired high-speed Internet

Parking

Parking (surcharge), Parking limited (surcharge), Parking nearby, Parking nearby (surcharge)

Dining

The Market – This buffet restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A children’s menu is available. Afternoon tea is offered. Reservations are required.

 

Above n Beyond – Overlooking the ocean and city, this fine-dining restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

 

24-hour room service is available.

Recreation

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room.

 

Children under 12 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool, health club, fitness facility, or spa tub without adult supervision.

 

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Running track/path nearby
Basketball nearby
Playground nearby
Swimming on site
Spa

Angsana Spa has 4 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include massages, facials, body wraps, and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and Ayurvedic treatments. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a spa tub.

 

Children under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 12 years old are not allowed in the spa.

 

Minimum age to access spa is 12
Number of treatment rooms 4
Couples treatment rooms
Manicures and pedicures
Body wraps
Body scrubs
Aromatherapy treatments
Hydrotherapy treatments
Ayurvedic treatments
Nutrition consultation in spa
Facial treatments
Sauna in spa
Spa tub in spa
Massages
Body treatments
Accessibility

To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests” section of “Trip Preferences” when you book your hotel.

 

Accessible bathroom
Accessible path of travel
In-room accessibility
Policies & Fees

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Minimum check-in age is 18

Payment Types

Accepted at this hotel: JCB International, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

 

Buffet breakfast fee: HKD 220 per person (approximately)
Airport shuttle fee: HKD 130 per person (one way)
Rollaway bed fee: HKD 1000 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Additional Details

This property’s policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties. This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. There are no room charges for children 11 years old and younger who occupy the same room as their parents or guardians, using existing bedding. All guests staying in hotel guestrooms must be registered with the hotel. No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property.

 

Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais

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Hotel in Paris (Marais) near Picasso Museum

 

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In historical district

This hotel is located in Paris (Marais), close to Place de la Republique, Picasso Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Also nearby are Louvre Museum and Place des Vosges.

Hotel bar/lounge

Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais provides a bar/lounge, complimentary wireless Internet access, a porter/bellhop, and multilingual staff.

 

LCD TVs, iPod docks

LCD televisions come with satellite channels. Guestrooms also feature iPod docking stations, complimentary wireless Internet access, and premium bedding.

 

Hotel Amenities

General

Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais features tour/ticket assistance, multilingual staff, and concierge services. High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This Paris hotel also offers complimentary newspapers in the lobby, express check-in, and express check-out.

Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais is a smoke-free property.

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free Wi-Fi

Available in some public areas: Free Wi-Fi

Parking

Parking nearby

 

Dining

Buffet breakfasts are available for a surcharge.

Recreation

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Aerobics nearby
Bicycle rentals nearby

Accessibility

To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests” section of “Trip Preferences” when you book your hotel.

Accessible path of travel
Accessible bathroom
Roll-in shower
In-room accessibility

Policies & Fees

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Payment Types

Accepted at this hotel: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Pets

Pets not allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

Buffet breakfast fee: EUR 17 per person (approximately)
Late check-out fee: EUR 180
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

 

Additional Details

A resort fee is included in the total price displayed.

National Rating

Details

This hotel has received its official star rating from the French Tourism Development Agency, ATOUT France.

 

 

 

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