Sunset Happy Hour–Know Your Room Type To Improve The View

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The devil is in the details they say. And the details can help improve your view at sunset for your happy hour.

Take for example our recent stay. I booked a package with an ocean view room to enhance the view during our trip. That alone should have guaranteed an ocean view, especially since the “ocean view” room was more than a regular one. But if you don’t pay attention to details, the hotel might not either.

During the check-in process, the front desk agent mentioned that we were “upgraded” to a newly renovated section. I asked her to point out where the room was located on the map and sure enough, it wasn’t an ocean view. I remembered I had booked one, but wasn’t sure about the details, so I pressed for availability of an ocean view room. Her response, there was none available for 2 days. We had the option to check-in to a non-ocean view room and change later or pound sand. I wasn’t going to do either.

So I went back to my car and pulled out my printed confirmation. Lesson learned, always have the details printed and available to back you up during the check-in process.

Sure enough, my confirmation guaranteed us an ocean view room. Armed with this new detail, I walked back inside with the most calm demeanor and asked the same person, what were they going to offer if they couldn’t book us in our confirmed room type. A few taps on her keypad and a prime ocean front / view room appeared.

We took our new keys, headed to our room just in time to catch this great sunset.

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Bottom Line

Lesson learned. Never check-in without a confirmation in soft or hard copy if you have a particular room type. If you don’t have the details, your hotel may not have them or pay attention to them either.

Have you ever had a hotel not honor your room type? What did they offer you instead?

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  1. Whoa sneaky. I always wonder how they feel after they say “sorry it’s not available” or “we’ve run out” but then are challenged and something magically opens up. Did that receptionist blush at all?

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