Hotels.com provides expert advice for those seasonal visits whether at a home
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
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
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:
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
Taylor L. Cole, APR Hotels.com North America Phone: (469) 335-8442
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