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Cut the Cost of Hotels
Hotels have thought of plenty of ways to earn more of your hard-earned cash, from the mini bar to room service. But you can enjoy your hotel stay and still escape with a bill that more closely reflects the rate you signed on for. Follow these five tips to cut your hotel bill by 40 percent or more.

Bugs in Hotel Rooms
Bugs in hotel rooms are one of the biggest complaints guests have about hotels. Bed bugs, roaches, ants, flies, even bats can all ruin a hotel stay.

Where the Shoppers Stay
Thinking about spending your next vacation getaway--spending? You're not alone. Shopping-themed trips to New York, Los Angeles, Orlando and even Portland are on the rise.

Hotel Videos
Pick up tips from the experts from these hotel videos. How to get an upgrade, how to keep you and your belongings safe, what you're allowed to take from hotels, and more.

How Can You Avoid Germs in Hotel Rooms?
Bacteria, viruses, bed bugs, DNA samples - what's lurking in your hotel room that you can't see? Find out where the dirtiest parts of a hotel room are, and how to avoid those germs.

Take Anything From Your Hotel Room
What can you take from a hotel room, and when is it stealing? Find out what's fair game to take from hotel rooms, and what's off-limits.

What do you think about Romantic Getaways?
Give us your feedback about Romantic Getaways, and see what others have said.

What do you think about What Every Hotel Room Needs?
Give us your feedback about What Every Hotel Room Needs, and see what others have said.

Have you ever had items stolen from your hotel room?
Give us your feedback about stolen items, and see what others have said.

What do you think about Getting the Wrong Hotel Room?
Give us your feedback about Getting the Wrong Hotel Room, and see what others have said.

What do you think about Unexpected Hotel Charges?
Give us your feedback about Unexpected Hotel Charges, and see what others have said.

What do you think about Bugs in Hotel Rooms?
Give us your feedback about Bugs in Hotel Rooms, and see what others have said.

What do you think about Rude Hotel Staff?
Give us your feedback about Rude Hotel Staff, and see what others have said.

What do you think about Noisy Hotel Rooms?
Give us your feedback about Noisy Hotel Rooms, and see what others have said.

What do you think about Dirty Hotel Rooms?
Give us your feedback about Dirty Hotel Rooms, and see what others have said.

What do you think about Uncomfortable Hotel Rooms?
Give us your feedback about Uncomfortable Hotel Rooms, and see what others have said.

How much should guests tip?
Give us your feedback about tipping, and see what others have said.

How Do You Avoid Extra Hotel Fees?
You've got a great rate on the room. How do you avoid sticker shock when you check out? Hidden and surprising extra fees can add up quickly, making a final hotel bill more than you bargained for. Ever got caught at check out? (Registration is NOT required.)

How do you get upgraded at a hotel?
Tell us your best tips to score a room upgrade at a hotel.

How Green Is Your Hotel?
Is your hotel truly green, or just trying to green wash you? A major indicator is the type of certification program the hotel uses. Find out the difference between the major green hotel certifications.

Keys to a Room Upgrade - How Can You Get a Room Upgrade at a Hotel?
If you want a room upgrade at a hotel, you have to ask. Although there are no guarantees, knowing how and when to ask just may land you that coveted room upgrade.

What's Shoulder Season, and Why Is It a Good Value?
Shoulder season can be a great value. When it comes to choosing what time of year to visit a resort, it pays to check out the value pricing offered during shoulder season.

Ocean Front vs. Ocean View Hotel Rooms - What's the Difference?
While an ocean front room may sound similar to an ocean view room, the quality of the view typically is very different, as is the price.

Should I book a hotel with my debit card?
Using a debit card to book a hotel can cost you dearly. It's typically better to use a credit card rather than a debit card when checking into a hotel or a resort. That's because the property likely will put a hold on money in your checking account...

How to Complain at a Hotel
How to complain at a hotel and get results when things go wrong.

Unexpected Charges on Hotel Bill
Unexpected Charges are one of the biggest complaints guests have about hotels. A big bill on check-out, mysterious charges and unexpected fees can all ruin a hotel stay.

Not Getting the Room You Reserved
Not getting the room you reserved is one of the biggest complaints guests have about hotels. Not having a place to stay (or enough room for everyone to sleep) can ruin a hotel stay.

Uncomfortable Rooms
Uncomfortable rooms are one of the biggest complaints guests have about hotels. Lumpy, hard mattressEs, outdated decor, tiny rooms and strange smells can all ruin a hotel stay.

Stolen Items from Hotel
Items stolen from hotel rooms are one of the biggest complaints guests have about hotels. Coming back to missing valuables can ruin a hotel stay.

Rude Hotel Staff
Encountering a rude hotel staff is one of the biggest complaints guests have about hotels. Unhelpful or unknowledgeable front desk folks, rude or absent managers, and uptight inn owners can make an unpleasant stay even worse.

Dirty Hotels
Dirty, smelly hotels are one of the biggest complaints guests have about hotels. Guests report their worst experiences with dirty, smelly hotel rooms.

Noisy Hotels
Noisy hotels are one of the biggest complaints guests have about hotels. Thin walls, obnoxious fellow guests, and construction can all ruin a hotel stay.

How to Pack So You Won't Have to Check Luggage
Tired of the hassles and lost luggage that goes along with checking on airlines? Read these tips for frequent travelers on how to pack without having to check luggage.

Tipping Etiquette
What started as a purely discretionary reward for prompt and attentive service has evolved into a secret subculture with hidden expectations that aren't always well understood by travelers. Break the secret codes behind tipping etiquette. Tipping Guide : What to Tip, Who to Tip

Avoid Hidden Hotel Fees
Checking out of some hotel rooms can give a you a serious case of sticker shock. "Hidden" fees can turn that $199 deal you booked online into a $379 bill, literally overnight. Keep these tips in mind on your next stay to keep your hotel bill within your budget.

How To Tip a Hotel Maid
Hotel maids, although often providing "invisible" services during your stay, can and should be tipped for good service. Here's how to tip a hotel maid.

Save Money With Travel 'Coupons'
Save money on flights, hotels, meals and even a suitcase with promotional codes. Find out how to find these 'secret' codes and how to use them.

How to Prevent Children From Drowning in Hotel Swimming Pools
Every summer, children drown in hotel swimming pools. Is it possible to drown-proof your child?

Five Things I Wish Were in Every Hotel Room
Life for this frequent traveler would be so much easier if these five simple things were in every hotel room.

Hotel Room Safety Tips
Stay safe and protect your valuables in and around your hotel room.

Sleeping Positions and Personality
What does your sleeping position tell about your personality? Sleep Expert Chris Idzikowski explains common sleeping positions.

How to Get Your Laptop Computer Stolen
Want to have your expensive electronic equipment stolen from hotel rooms? Follow these tips.

Spoiling Yourself: Concierge Level at Hotels
Is it worth stepping up to concierge level at your next hotel stay?

The Secrets to Finding Lower Hotel Rates
Finding good discount travel deals on great hotels shouldn't be a mystery. Here's the inside scoop.

Beat the Bidding System
Learn a few tricks to make bidding for hotel rooms work for you.

Saving the Saint George
Review of Saving the Saint George by Greg Plank.

Christmas Decorations
For your Christmas decorations, take your cues from the experts. Tips for professional Christmas decorations from the Historic Hotels of America.

Tipping
Tipping is confusing enough without stepping out of your comfort zone - a new situation or a new country. Whether you're traveling to the Caribbean or checking in to a golf resort, pack some tipping advice.

Tipping
Tipping is confusing enough without stepping out of your comfort zone - a new situation or a new country. Whether you're traveling to the Caribbean or checking in to a golf resort, pack some tipping advice.

Tipping Guide: Guide to the Who and What of Tipping in Hotels
Guide to the Who and What of Tipping in Hotels

Top Apps for Tracking your Hotel Awards Points and More
If youre a devotee of collecting hotel loyalty points for future freebies, you know how important it is to stay on the ball with them so they don't expire. And wouldn't you know it theres an app for that. Or rather, several apps. We've broken down the best ones to get your scattered digital self organized.

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