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Have You Requested a Hotel Room Change?

Travel professionals surmise that women travelers are more likely to request a different hotel room than men, whether it's a couples or family trip or a woman on a solo business trip. Some room-change requests are made to ensure the traveler is getting the most for her money, but there are some who manipulate the system for a sense of accomplishment.

Have you been known to request a room change or do you usually settle for the rooms offered to you?


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carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
no, but my husband-to-be has, for a smoky non-smoking room, to a noisy floor.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
Yes, if the room is visibly dirty or situated in a particularly noisy area I'll ask very sweetly for a room change, and if it's not possible the hotel will usually throw in some kind of perk for you.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
When my sis and I went on vacation last month, we stayed at cheap place the first night. It had a water-soaked carpet in the first room. Obviously, we asked for a different room and got it.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I requested a room change due to the toilet not working.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
My family and I were staying in a hotel and we found a giant cockroach in the room, it was already dead, but it was GROSS. The front desk was very accommodating and upgraded our room (w/ no cockroaches!)
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I usually make due, but that's because I usually stay at places where I'm not expecting much. If I were staying somewhere nice and there was something wrong, then I'll ask for a change. At the typical Econo-lodge $50 getaway, I won't bother. Plus, I always bring Febreeze because in the shady places the non-smoking rooms are just as smoky sometimes, or the sheets smell funny, or something, and I'm a Febreeze-a-holic.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 8 years
I've only had to change from a smoking room to a non-smoking room.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i usually just accept the room that i've been assigned, however if there was a legitimate reason to switch, then i would ask. i think that sometimes you need to stand up for yourself - like if you know that a hotel isn't booked/sold out - and you're on the 2nd floor by party animals and you can't sleep and you're on business, then it's ok to ask. or if there's something less than 'clean' or comfortable, then it's ok to change.
lms lms 8 years
I can only remember asking for a different room one time. I may have requested a change for a smoky room. Of late I haven't had any problems with rooms. I just got back from two trips recently and both times I got upgraded to really nice suites upon check in. One of them had its own pool.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
The only time I've changed was non-smoking room and the one I got was smoking - and I got upgraded because of their mistake.
hex913 hex913 8 years
Just this summer, this happened. We got to our room to find the door propped open and a gent out on the balcony painting. We promptly went back down to the desk to ask if we could have a room that wasn't being renovated at the time.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
I have been lucky and have never had to be in that position. One hotel I frequent for business upgraded my room when I got there because there was going to be construction on my floor the next day even though I told them I was not going to be in my room that much.
psterling psterling 8 years
I used to work in a hotel with exterior corridors and women frequently asked to change rooms to somewhere with better lighting by the doorway, closer to the front desk, etc. for safety's sake. Its something I had never considered before but I think its wise for women traveling alone, especially if they come back to the hotel late at night.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I've only ever done this when I've been put into a nonsmoking room after specifically requesting a smoking room.
TsuKata TsuKata 8 years
I've asked for a room change a few times. If I'm only in for one night and I plan to spend less than twelve hours in the room, I won't bother unless it's something *very* bad. I've asked for a room change before for: * broken temperature control * excessive humidity * leaking or malfunctioning plumbing I should also note that I scale my expectations by the room cost. For example, our $65 a night room this past weekend had a toilet that occasionally required two flushes, the bathroom tiles were not as spic-and-span as I'd like, and we could never quite get the room temperature comfortable (perpetually a bit too hot, no matter how low we turned the thermostat). That didn't bug me. If I'd been paying $100+ a night for the room, that wouldn't have been acceptable. I would have complained and asked for a discount at minimum, if not a full room change.
foxie foxie 8 years
Several times. Once in Austin I was put in a room that was right next to construction. I requested to change rooms and asked the lady if she seriously thought that was a reasonable room to put someone in in the first place.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
Defi change when it's not what I expected/paid for, if it's too loud, if something is wrong etc . . e.g. we were in Hawaii a few weeks ago at a completely non-smoking hotel on Waikiki- well our room smelled totally of smoke, maybe it was coming in from the pool bc we were on the same floor as the pool deck- so I asked them to change as it was supposed to be a smoke-free hotel- I've never been turned down for a room change!
death-by-chocolat death-by-chocolat 8 years
The only time I requested a change was when we stayed at a hotel in Niagara Falls, and upon entering realized a) the room was smelly, b) there were gnats flying and a giant spider on the wall, and c) the toilet still had *stuff* in it. I immediately went downstairs to complain and was upgraded to a huge suite. My hubby was so proud- he said he wouldn't have thought to bother with it!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I requested a room change once when there was a leak in the bathroom ceiling, and once when my room didn't have hot water, but that's it. When I travel, I usually stay in cheaper hotels so that I can spend more money on activities (except that when I travel for work on my expense account, I usually stay in nicer places), so as long as the room is clean and functional, I won't ask to change.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
i'll request it if I feel I'm not getting what a paid for. But honestly, 99% of the time I am quite happy :) espeically with sherton suite (we try and stay there as much as we can).
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