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What you should know about group rates at hotels

November 18, 2011 by  
Filed under travel

Whether you are going to attend a special event, or you are just having a family vacation that requires several rooms at a hotel, it pays to know about group rates. Many people automatically assume that just because they have booked a group of rooms at a hotel, then everything will be taken care of. However, there are some things that you should be aware of before you head off to the hotel. While none of these tips will most likely seriously deter from your long awaited vacation, or even special event, keeping them in mind can lower the cost and the amount of stress you may feel, when staying at a hotel. Here is what you should know about group rates at hotels-
•    The group rate may not be the best rate-When most travelers are booking rooms at a hotel, they simply call up the hotel and ask for the group rate. However, recent studies have shown that this is not always the best rate. The hotel is assuming that you will simply accept the rate they quote you. Taking the time to do the research online will let you know whether the group rate you are quoted is the best price, or whether it would be more affordable to book the rooms separately. Keep in mind that if you book the rooms separately the hotel may be less inclined to put your rooms in close proximity; however, you may be able to save a significant amount of money.
•    The group rate doesn’t insure good service-While you want to assume that because you have booked out a lot of rooms, that they hotel will provide good service, this is not always the case. One of the best ways to determine how the service will be at any hotel is to read the online reviews. Then after you are satisfied that the hotel has a good service reputation, call them and ask if any large groups or conventions will be booked during your intended stay. Keep in mind that if the hotel is dealing with several large groups, during the time you want to be staying there, the service may less then stellar.
•    The group rate doesn’t mean that your rooms will be ready-Many times travelers assume that just because they have booked a large number of hotel rooms, they will be ready on check in. You may arrive to check in, only to find out that all of your booked hotel rooms, haven’t been cleaned. While this can range from irritating to angering, you need to be ready for delays. Some of your party may have access to your rooms, while others have to wait. Have a plan, know a nearby site or restaurant that you want to visit, pull out a book or movie, or see if another guest in your party will let you crash in their room, until yours is ready. Being prepared for delays will help you to avoid the stress of having to wait, for your hotel room.
•    The group rate should be looked at as only one factor of your stay-While everyone is looking to save money, you need to look at the group rate as only one factor of your stay. Before making any hotel reservation, take the time to factor in other considerations, as well. Does the location of the hotel matter? Are you going for a vacation or special event? If you are vacationing you will most likely want a higher degree of service, then if you are only lodging there, for a special event. Knowing exactly what you are looking for is the best way to find the hotel you need to stay at, regardless of the group rate that is offered.

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