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Check-in and check-out in a hotel

May 11th, 2011

Newcomers are told when they can check-in and check-out of a hotel, which means to say “what time they can get into” and “what time they have to leave” their rooms.

Each hotel or hotel chain has its own set of rules on the check-in and check-out times although they are always around midday.

Check-out is normally two or three hours before check-in, this period in between is needed to clean the rooms for the next occupants if the hotel is full. For example, check-out might be at noon, the occupants will have to leave the room by this time and then the next occupants will be able to check-in at three in the afternoon, leaving three hours in between which is enough to have the room completely spick and span.

If you are going to arrive at the hotel before the check-in time, it is a good idea to inform the hotel staff of your intentions; in this way, depending on how full the hotel is, they will then be able to tell you whether you can get into your room a bit earlier, which might cost a little extra. Otherwise you can leave your luggage at the hotel before checking-in whilst you go for a walk. Normally at beach resorts you are almost always allowed to use the facilities whilst your room is being prepared.

Something else that shouldn’t be forgotten is that if you arrive at the hotel at midnight you will be charged for the full night, even if you check-in at 3 or 4 o’ clock in the morning.

Moreover, be very careful when you are checking-out, because if you leave the room after the established time, the hotel will charge you for another day. If you do want to stay on for a few hours the best thing to do is to tell the staff at reception and they will let you know whether if it is at all possible for a little extra, or if you can use the facilities even after you have checked-out of the hotel. Some beach resorts have a rest room and luggage storage room for guests who have checked-out of their rooms, are still using the facilities and want to go for a swim before leaving.




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