GENERAL HOTEL INFO (Things
you should know)
HOTEL SPANISH PDF
You will not be spending a lot of
time in your hotel room as there are so many things to do and places to
go. Unless your hotel has cooking facilities, you will only use
your room for showers and crashing at night, with an occasional siesta
If you are phoning from home to make a reservation, make
sure you can speak Spanish as most hotel personnel speak
little or no English. Be aware that during busy
times of the year you may loose your room reservation,
especially if you are late checking in. (a bird in the
hand is worth two in the bush). If you make your
reservation by fax and get them to fax back a
confirmation, this usually firms it up somewhat although
some are reluctant to do this. If they take credit
cards, then this will normally confirm your reservation.
Some people have lost room reservations even though they
pre-booked. Always have a few other hotels in
mind, just in case. Some budget hotels do not even take
BY CREDIT CARD
paying in person it is common practice for larger hotels
and car rental agencies to take an imprint of your credit
card and get you to sign a blank slip. Do not be
concerned as this is a common practice in Mexico.
Some hotels and business add a credit card surcharge of up
to 6%. Be sure to ask! Try to pay in pesos
Never let your credit card out of your sight. Make
sure it is imprinted in your presence. Don't let
anyone take it into a another room or behind the counter
out of view where it could be swiped more than once.
This is true anywhere, not just in Mexico.
Mexican holidays and long weekends there can be a large
influx of people to the coast, filling all available hotel
rooms. To hotel owners this is their prime season.
They know that their hotels are going to be full anyway,
so they usually raise the room rates (often double or
triple). The main tourist season is only about six
months long, so they have to maximize their income
whenever possible. If you want to save money, try
not to visit during national, religious or school
holidays. Christmas, New Years, Semanta Santa and
Carnival are the busiest.
Drinking Water - buy a
one liter water bottle at a grocery store (la Tienda),
then re-fill it any time during the day from the 20 liter
carboys at your hotel. This will save you money and
keep your drinking water safe.
In budget hotels in
Mexico toilet paper is not flushed down the
toilet but is normally put into the wastepaper basket. Their sewage systems are not setup to
handle paper. Use outside showers or footbaths to wash off beach sand
before you shower in your hotel room. This saves
you the inconvenience of a plumbing blockage and repair
problems for the hotel.
unpack your bags and arrange your things so that you will
know at a glance if anything disappears.
Always lock your bags so thieves cannot use them to load
up items to easily carry them from your room.
Lock all windows and doors upon exiting and while you
are in the room.
Never leave anything of value - money, plane tickets, travelers checks,
tourist card, credit cards, or extra
room keys in the room when you leave. Report any
suspicious movement or activity to the front desk.
Have your valuables put into the hotel's safe or room
security box if available.
Tipping & Bargaining