Holiday Tips for the Host and Guest

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: 
1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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 kids around.
  5. Prepare toiletries: Create a little kit for your guest room that 
 includes everything they might need, or could forget, including 


     toothbrushes, shampoo and body lotion.

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 appreciation. 
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 York: 
$257 
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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Lauren Wasley energi PR for Hotels.com Phone: (416) 425-9143 ext. 19 
Email:lauren.wasley@energipr.com Twitter:@energiPR 
Taylor L. Cole, APR Hotels.com North America Phone: (469) 335-8442 
Email:taycole@hotels.com Twitter:@taylorlc 
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