clothing – Is it the norm for hotels not to provide washing service for undergarments in India?

A strange event happened while I was travelled to Kerela (*), I asked the hotels to take care of my laundry , they said sure they’d do the clothes except the inner garments. I asked why they refused the inner garments, the reason given was that it is ‘unhygienic’. I was a bit taken aback, then comes the question here:

Is it the norm here? Would travellers have to wash their own inner wear?


*: I was actually born here, but I had been living outside India for quite a while now.

new york city – What are some cheap but reasonably safe hotels I can stay in when travelling to NYC?

new york city – What are some cheap but reasonably safe hotels I can stay in when travelling to NYC? – Travel Stack Exchange

hotels – How Much Could You Expect Accommodations to be Pricewise in Japan?

My rule of thumb for booking “reasonable” accommodation in Japan is ¥10,000 per night for two. In cities, this is sufficient for a clean if often cramped “business hotel” room for two. In the countryside, this is enough for almost all minshuku (inn/B&B) accommodation, perhaps the lower tiers of ryokan as well if you skip meals/dinner. (Note that many ryokan charge per person, not room, so read the fine print.)

While there is obviously a lot of variation, there’s generally less of it than in (say) the US, where it’s not unusual for a room to cost 5x more at the “wrong” time. Many hotels still publish a rate calendar that lets you work out well in advance the best/cheapest times to go.

Central Tokyo tends to be more expensive than the rest of the country, but it’s not hard to find cheaper digs if you look for outlying/less fashionable areas like Ueno. The main pitfalls tend to be Japanese long holidays (Golden Week in late April, Obon in August, New Year’s), plus seasonal destinations like ski resorts in winter, Hokkaido in the summer and Kyoto in cherry blossom season. The big cities have tons of accommodation options and are virtually never sold out, even during these peak seasons, since the increase in tourists is more than matched by the drop in business travel.

For booking hotels, don’t use usual Western players, but use local sites Rakuten Travel and Jalan instead, since they have much better selections and access to promotional pricing. More tips at Wikivoyage: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Japan#Sleep

hotels – How to deal with the spider situation in exotic locations?

I hate spiders. I really, really hate spiders. It has crippled me my entire life in so many ways, and it cannot be “fixed”. I will not “go to therapy” for it. They are satanic, eight-legged monsters. Pure evil. It has nothing whatsoever to do with any fear of their potential poison or dying/getting hurt from them.

I live in a relatively cold climate. Although I consider many of the spiders even here to be way too big, they are nothing like the exotic, juicy ones found in the ever-hot, tropical areas of the world. For example, there is no way that I would ever go to Australia for any reason, or Africa. Heck, even the USA seems to have quite large and scary spiders where people live.

I have only once been to a hot country (Spanish island) on vacation, and luckily, I didn’t encounter any spiders that time. However, it was certainly on my mind the whole time. And this was a very touristy location, not exactly some remote village in the jungle or anything. I assume that it was pure luck that I didn’t find an eight-legged freak in the bathroom for the week I spent there in that hotel apartment.

I could really need a vacation to some tropical beach somewhere, with palm trees and all that. I’ve always wanted to experience that. But just the thought of being anywhere near a tropical jungle area, with gigantic spiders lurking around and probably going on a stroll on the beach sometimes, would make me unable to sit or lie down at any point, and I’d have to keep walking or at least stand up at all times. That’s not relaxing. That’s stressful and insane. It would ruin the whole experience.

How do other people deal with this problem? Isn’t spider “phobia” like one of the most common issues that people have globally? I feel sorry for those who live permanently in locations where such spiders dwell. But people pay a lot of money to go there on vacation. Am I grossly overestimating how many spiders there are? Even where I live, I barely dare to look around too closely on the balcony since there have numerous times been spiders there which I don’t even want to see. And the hotter the climate, the bigger and nastier the spiders.

I seriously believe that I would die from sheer fright if I found a tarantula climbing on me, and I would have to immediately reschedule and fly straight back home (at any cost) if I saw such a spider in-person, even outdoors.

Even if I’m never going to go on that vacation, I’m very curious as to how everyone else deals with this issue.

phpmyadmin – I’m trying to create a database for a hotel company with multiple hotels. I’m stuck on how to reserve a room?

I’m using Xampp phpmyadmin for the first time…

So I’ve got the basics of the database. Customers, hotels, rooms etc.
The customer can chose a check-in and check-out date.
An admin can class a date as available/not.

My question, is how would I get the database to automatically update the dates as unavailable?

When I’ve tried, it makes that date unavailable for every room in every hotel.

(Still a newbie at all this, so sorry if this doesn’t make any sense!)

Attached a rough draught of my ERD for reference.ERD

usa – How do I insist that American hotels accept my employer’s credit card for payment, instead of asking for personal credit card upon check-in?

First, make sure you carry all relevant paperwork, physically. So, if the company has an agreement with the hotel, carry a copy, if there is an email where they agreed to accept that card, print it, etc.

That by itself may solve it in some cases. A customer saying “my company agreed with the hotel X” is not the same as a document with the chain letterhead, sent by the main branch, saying X.

(Also, it may help clarify the position of both, as there may be fine print in the X-with-company-Y that neither you nor the clerk knew about)

Still, it may be the case that they insist that accepting your employer credit card is “impossible” or even “illegal”. Make them document it. Ask them to provide you a form stating that you asked them to accept card 1234, according to document XYZ, but that they can’t do it because <their excuse>, there’s no other option than using your personal credit card and that they accept that if it’s an error on their part, they will be accountable for any or extra costs caused by that. Have it signed by the employee, and ideally also with the hotel stamp.

Preferably, prepare the text in advance and review with your legal department, and have such document prepared with the relevant legalese and a space where they can fill a description of the issue.

If it is really impossible to do otherwise, there should be no problem to acknowledge that in writing, right?

Well, you will probably find out that before doing so they will try extra hard to do it. Or suddenly, there’s actually another alternative.

If they refuse, argue that you need to justify such irregularity (after all, why would your company reimburse you if they already handled everything?). If they do, give them your personal card and continue. Later at the office your accountants can review the stated problem and decide the best course of action. It is possible that some part of the agreement with the hotel was unclear, and they need to add extra clauses on next booking. It is possible that the hotel is at fault, in which case you have both a document where they agree to accept a card and another where they refuse to do so, which seems a pretty clear case for requesting them to reimburse your company the taxes, the cost of the work of your accountants processing your reimburse, the consequences if your card was compromised due to a breach… Or they may prefer to not pursue action about that (yet), simply complain to the hotel liaison that agreed to accept the card (which should make the hotel aware of the problem, eg. it may make them teach their clerks about the proper procedure on these cases), or even do nothing. In any case, you are forcing the hotel to state their contradiction, and should be the starting point.

Difference between Airport Hotels and Transit Hotels?

Traditionally transit hotel referred to accommodation airside and airport hotel referred to accommodation outside the terminal but usually on airport property.

As is often the case, with time usage changes and hotel marketers abuse terms they feel will be in their favor.

So now you frequently see the term “airport hotel” applied to properties within a few miles of the airport (sometimes even further if they provide airport shuttles). And some on airport property hotels present themselves as “transit hotels” since their guests are often transiting, not staying in the country (but obviously ‘entering’ the country since they cleared immigration to reach the hotel).

If you talk with experienced travelers, your terms will be understood as you expect them too. If you talk with casual travelers or new travelers, their understanding maybe different.

online resources – How can I tell hotels exist that aren’t on the booking web sites?

First of all these websites, backed up by the GDSes as Stephen said, do not have a very good coverage of hotels (yet, it’s growing fast). There are still plenty of hotels to aggregate. And for hotels, getting aggregated usually means stricter conditions on their prices (little flexibility and high fee). And the main reason is that most hotels are not owned by large companies but individually owned.

So I would not expect, especially in a remote area, that you find all hotels on these sites. First you should extend your search to hostels (they have private rooms with private bathrooms), b&b, pensions, … sites like hostels.com or hostelworld.com allow to search for more than hostels. You can try airbnb, couchsurfing and the like.

I would try the tourism board as you did, but that works only if it is touristy. I would bet more on the directories. In most places of the world they are called yellow pages. And there you shall find a list. I can also think of contacting the ferry or airline company that brings you to the tiny island. On their website they might have a list of activities and accommodation. Give also a try to the guidebooks, they are usually done for that purpose. Maps like Google Maps or OpenStreetMap also display accommodation options, even though you should always double check they actually exist.

In the end, if hotels that have a website/can be booked online are still very expensive and you suspect some hotels are not online you can still show up there without a booking. If the area is not big you can cover it fast but if it is an island you should have a backup plan to be able to leave the area before the night not to be stuck there.

I remember getting to a Croatian island off-season and the hostel phone would not ring. I showed up and I could get a room for cheap, but I planned to take the ferry back if I could not find anything reasonable (and it was so dead I really was not sure it’d work). So yeah sometimes you can just give it a try.

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