Hotels.com provides expert advice for those seasonal visits whether at a
home or hotel
TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The holidays are a time to eat, drink and
be merry. But what is often overlooked is how stressful the season can
be. Many of us travel to celebrate with our family and friends, and
it's easy to forget the impact this can have on both parties. So, the
experts at Hotels.com® have put together a list of holiday tips to ease that burden and make
holiday visits more enjoyable for everyone involved.
"We've all heard stories about nightmare guest," says Taylor L. Cole,
director public relations and social media, North America at
Hotels.com. "Visits with family and friends should be enjoyable and
these easy to follow tips can help with holiday etiquette. Also
remember, if you're the type of person that needs your space and alone
time, a nearby hotel is likely a better choice than bunking with the
entire family at grandma's house."
Hosting over the Holidays - Bring the Hotel Amenities Home:
It's the little things that can make the biggest difference to your
guest's experience. Follow these simple tips to make a lasting
impression this holiday season:
Welcome home: Make your guests feel right at home by providing easy access to
amenities they find in hotels or their own homes like a TV channel
guide in their room, Wi-Fi access cheat sheet and by providing a quick
tour of the kitchen and pantry.
Get cozy: Unless you're in the Caribbean, it's probably cold outside. Do as the
top hotels and put out a throw pillow, slippers or a robe. This simple
gesture will make your guests feel right at home. There is also
something super cozy about the warm glow of lamps and candles -
especially those with yummy holiday scents!
Stock up on warm drinks: Hot chocolate, hot cider, coffee and tea are an easy and affordable
way to treat your guests. Consider putting a coffee maker in your guest
room so guests can have fresh java just the way they like it.
Bring out the games: Regardless of age, we're never too old to have some fun. Board games
are a great way to spend time together away from the television.
Building a gingerbread house is another great activity if there are
Prepare toiletries: Create a little kit for your guest room that includes everything they
might need, or could forget, including toothbrushes, shampoo and body
Travelling over the Holidays:
Just because you're the one travelling, don't expect the world to cater
to you (even if you're at a hotel). Remember it's not just your
holiday, so treat your hosts well too.
Show gratitude and bring a gift: A host or hostess gift is a must if visiting friends or family. This
small gesture could apply to hotel guests too. Pay it forward and give
your bell hop or housekeeper a generous tip, or bring the doorman hot
chocolate. Remember hotel employees are missing the holidays with their
families to serve you. A little appreciation goes a long way!
Clean up after yourself: Wash your plates or stack them in the dishwasher after meals and don't
forget to strip your bed before you leave.
Don't expect a babysitter: If you're travelling with kids, just because you're on vacation,
remember it is still your responsibility to watch them. If your child
is in the curious stage, bring some easy and temporary childproofing
items with you like cabinet and door locks.
Respect house rules: This may not seem like a big deal to you, but to your host it matters.
Show respect, and if certain areas are off limits, or shoes are to be
removed when inside, it's important to do so.
Thank you notes are key: Never underestimate the power of the written word. Whether you stayed
with family or at a hotel, a simple note is a great way to express your
Hotels for the Holidays:
Sometimes there simply isn't room to stay at the homes of your relatives
or friends, or maybe you're just looking to get away for the holidays.
If so, using the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™, we've identified hotels in popular destinations for Canadians that
really get into the festive spirit.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, AB: This hotel loves the holidays so much that they developed a special
holiday booklet to keep guests apprised of all the activities.
Attractions include a gingerbread house workshop to Santa's workshop,
cookie decorating, a traditional Christmas sing-a-long, ice skating and
much more. Just because you're not at home doesn't mean you have to
miss the turkey and stuffing either, as they have traditional dinner on
both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. ADR in Banff: $164
The Bellagio in Las Vegas, NV: Everything in Vegas is over the top, so we can't expect the holiday
season to be any different. The Bellagio hotel transforms its
Conservatory & Botanical Gardens to accommodate the holiday theme which
includes daily live musical performances, oversized ornaments, bells
and snowflakes. ADR in Las Vegas: $113
The New York Palace in New York, NY: This hotel is a prime holiday destination for several reasons. It is
known for its stunning holiday decorations, but its location is what
makes it so great for holiday activities. Located near Fifth Avenue
shopping, ice skating and the famous tree at Rockefeller Center this
hotel gives you the authentic New York holiday experience. ADR in New
Pay it forward and make the holiday season easier for everyone this
year. Whether you're at home or away, a little extra effort will make
the holidays so much more enjoyable. 'Tis the season after all!
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Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442