Paid hotel services
Each traveler is familiar with a set of leaves, invariably lying on the table in the room of any foreign hotel. These are rates for services not included in the room rate. These include laundry, ironing, room service and a mini bar. Prices for the whole set in different countries are different. But, as a rule, the more “stars” the hotel has, the higher they are.
Everything is clear with the laundry service: you don’t want to pay – wash yourself and hang your laundry on anything (an experienced traveler, especially if he travels with children, has a clothesline and a set of clothespins in his travel arsenal). However, in some hotels for budget guests there is a special rope in the bathrooms, which is stretched over the bathroom. Usually it happens in hotels located at seaside resorts, or in hotels with a swimming pool, because in reality it is intended not for pants and socks, but for swimsuits and swimming trunks.
To pass the laundry in the laundry or ironing is a simple matter. It is enough to mark with crosses in the form all that you want to have washed (ironed), open the cabinet, get a special package out of it, and put things there with the form. And leaving for breakfast, leave a prominent place. If you need urgent washing, then on the form you need to make the appropriate mark. And keep in mind that it will cost at least 50% more expensive. In normal washing, things will be brought to you in a day. However, very often and things handed over to the ordinary laundry are brought on the same day. And no extra money is taken for this.
Using the mini-bar is also easy. First, study the prices – maybe after that you don’t want to open it at all. But even if you just want to climb out of curiosity, no matter how the mini-bar looks – electronic, with a lock (the key usually lies nearby), sealed with a piece of paper (so if you cut it up – it will be immediately noticeable), you will not be in any financial failure – for viewing the money is not taken. If you are able to move, it is easier to go down (climb) to the bar. All the same drinks, but cheaper, you will be offered there. And the choice in the bar more. After all, the minibar focuses only on “essential” drinks: mineral water, juice, cola gin, vodka, brandy, martini or campari, beer, whiskey, champagne, etc. .. As a snack to all drinks – a couple bags of nuts.
The mini-bar can be used as a night refrigerator by unloading the contents from it and filling it with your own juice (beer). Night because if the day the maid finds out that some bottles are taken out of it (even if they are neatly set in a row in front of the bar), then everything temporarily withdrawn will be taken on a pencil. And then at discharge and the accompanying calculation it would be useless to argue and prove that you did not “bite.” No refund will be taken. For the same reason, it is impossible, having drunk a can of cola in the morning, to replace it in the evening with the same one brought from the store. It is believed that the hotel itself is able to replenish supplies and in the services of living does not need. And indeed, exactly those tanks that you have emptied during the day, the next morning, after returning from breakfast, you will again find out full.
Room-service is not all hotels around the clock, but, as a rule, in four-and more five-star hotels it is exactly like this – during the day, most people prefer restaurants. But at night it is irreplaceable – snack in the room can be ordered somewhat more substantial than nuts. Just do not forget to pre-examine the menu that lies in the room. The prices of all dishes are significantly different from the prices of similar dishes in a restaurant, and not for the better.
Use of the TV, of course, free. The number of channels depends on the country and star hotel. But in any case, before turning on the TV, study the avenue lying next to it, because, as a rule, in addition to free channels, you can also access paid cable hotel television, on which erotic films are broadcast on a mandatory basis. There are paid channels and adventure tapes.
On the paid channel, some free time is always given (from a minute to three) so that the lodger will decide whether he wants to watch the movie further and, accordingly, pay for it.
There are usually two systems. The first, more humane, is as follows. Turning on the paid channel, you can watch it for free at the proper time. Then the broadcast is turned off. If you want to watch the proposed movie, you need to dial the number specified in the prospectus by phone and confirm that you are ready to pay for a “movie not for everyone”. With the second, less humane, there is no warning. Gone, did not have time to turn off – pay. And since the cost of a telenoch does not depend on whether it lasted five minutes or five hours, you will have to pay the full fare, which is an average of 10-20 US dollars.
Some hotel rooms have safes. The safe can be electronic, and can be mechanical: either with a combination lock, or locked with a key.