Vacation rentals in United States, Canada, Mexico (condos, cottages, houses, apartments)
How to Find a Hotel in the USA, Canada, Mexico
Below are my notes for searching for hotels in North America.
Prices of US Hotels
An important thing to remember when booking a hotel in the US and Canada, is that the per night price does not include taxes. In New York City, these extra taxes can add as much as 25% extra to the per night cost. Parking can be extra. Using the phone in the room to make local or long distance calls can be expensive. When booking, make sure you know what the full cost will be.
Tipping in Hotels
If you are staying in a nicer hotel, it is customary in the US and Canada to tip the person who carries your luggage (a few dollars), the person who gets your car (if there is valet parking - a couple of dollars), and the maid (leave $5 - $20 in the room when you leave). You may also want to tip the concierge or desk staff if they have done extra things for you.
If you are staying in a budget hotel, there is no need to tip, but you might leave something for the maid.
Hotel Search Engines
When booking a hotel, check the hotel website and compare the prices with these popular booking sites.
Historic or Luxury Hotels
When searching for a hotel in the US, I like to look through websites for special hotels. This is my list of favorite sites.
Historic Hotels of America: www.historichotels.org
Small Luxury Hotels: www.slh.com
Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide: www.preferredhotels.com
The Leading Hotels of the World: www.lhw.com
Le Meridien Hotels: www.lemeridien-hotels.com
Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America: www.selectregistry.com
Tablet Hotels: www.tablethotels.com
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