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Getting the Best Room
for Your Needs
By Amy Ziff,
Travelocity's Editor-At-Large

Try to get as much information about the property and accommodations in advance as possible, to ensure that you'll have all the amenities you want.

Before finalizing your reservations, call the property directly to ask for details about matters that will affect your comfort. Are any disruptive construction projects scheduled or currently underway at the property? Has the property recently suffered damages from any natural disasters, such as eroded beaches resulting from hurricanes?

Decide what particular kind of room you want, and request it in advance.

Are you looking for a quiet, sunny spot with a garden view? Or perhaps a room with a balcony overlooking the ocean? Do you want a non-smoking room and a king-sized bed?

Do you need a room with business facilities such as a fax machine and data ports? When using Travelocity.com, you can make your special requests when booking your room; otherwise, place your requests through your travel agent or with the hotel directly.

It's also a good idea to ask for a written confirmation of your room selection and rate.

You should always reserve a room that will be adequate for your needs--you'll be spending a third of your vacation there, so don't try to make do with rooms you aren't completely happy with.

But once you're at the hotel, there's no harm in inquiring about room upgrades. Late in the day, there may be rooms that will remain unoccupied for the night.

Front-desk employees usually have the authority to upgrade. (Another helpful hint that can work wonders: Ask nicely and look like you just came off a hellish flight.)

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