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Hotel staff reveal secrets and tips

travel Updated: Aug 29, 2012 12:31 IST

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An online discussion thread asking hotel staff to reveal their secrets has received almost 6,000 comments.

A user of Reddit, a US social news site, opened a discussion on August 21 asking hotel staff to tell the readers some of the things that are "disturbing/interesting/unsanitary about hotel rooms."

Three days later the thread has received around 5,800 comments, on different subjects such as how to cancel a reservation without paying a fee as well as information on how hotel rooms are cleaned.

Here are some of the comments:

"...the mattress cover and the sheet - those are the only parts that get washed" -- Link

"The best way to cancel your reservation without getting charged... [Customers] call and need to cancel after the cut off time, so I tell them I will change the arrival date and that they should call back in 2 or 3 days and cancel it then. That way they do not get charged and I do not get in trouble with the boss. But this only works for reservations that are booked through the hotel directly. Pre paid reservations from travel sites like expedia can not be manipulated this way. - Link

"I'm a bellman and valet at a resort [in Arizona]. I can give you free water bottles, tampons, valet parking, tours, shuttle rides, reservations, dry cleaning, hell even an upgrade to a better room if you just ASK ME. Butttt no one ever does cuz they think I'm just a doorman..." --Link

"Pricing/financials: As far as room rates go, most of the time they are highly negotiable depending on hotel occupancy. This goes without saying, but if the hotel is at 70% occupancy, and online it says the rooms are 269 a night, you can very easily get a good chunk off if you are polite. We would regularly take care of guests that just had the nerve to ask."

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