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  • The real Swiss Tony 700 posts

    Looking to see if I can find a hotel that would guarantee early check in Dubai

    I see the Jumeirah Creekside offers a 24hr deal so you get the room for a 24hr block, but ideally would prefer to be a little further into town.

    Any ideas welcome

    The real Swiss Tony 700 posts

    Giving this a cheeky bump incase anyone has better ideas. Or I might be better off just booking a cheap aiport hotel from the previous night then moving somewhere more convenient once I’ve had a snooze and a shower.

    Carlos 758 posts

    Budget hotels check in at 12pm and if you’re lucky you can check in early. Albeit its not guaranteed but its 24+2 hours so its a better rate than Jumeriah Creekside. Whats their competitive day rate?

    The real Swiss Tony 700 posts

    Jumeirah Creekside guarantees you a 24hr block. The rate is slightly higher – around GBP200 all in for the club floor – and I only need two nights, but I’m mindful that I need to taxi down to the WTC both days.

    So my thought was am I better trading down and booking for 3 nights so I know I can get into my room as soon as I arrive at 7am. I need to be good to go by midday.

    To dare is to do 133 posts

    Think only way to guarantee this is to book the extra night, I’ve been lucky at Waldorf come off early flight and room has been ready, but I always inform hotel I’ll be early and I get them to book me a car for various reasons.
    You could always contact hotel and ask but you would probably get a generic if we can we will reply.

    The real Swiss Tony 700 posts

    You could always contact hotel and ask but you would probably get a generic if we can we will reply.

    Yep, that was my thinking. Thanks all for the inputs!

    JDB 4,654 posts

    Think only way to guarantee this is to book the extra night, I’ve been lucky at Waldorf come off early flight and room has been ready, but I always inform hotel I’ll be early and I get them to book me a car for various reasons.
    You could always contact hotel and ask but you would probably get a generic if we can we will reply.

    You mention booking a hotel car that is rarely a cheap option but in my experience usually provides an excellent return on investment. Apart from the comfort of getting directly into a decent car after a long flight, having water plus hot/cold towels, the driver calling ahead so that you are met at the hotel entrance and taken straight to your room, you are already prioritised which will give privileges far greater than any loyalty card or hotel booking programme, including very early check in.

    The real Swiss Tony 700 posts

    usually provides

    This is the problem. Getting to the hotel and being told “no” will quite literally ruin my day! And I tried this gambit in Jo’burg earlier this year. Was picked up by a hotel driver around 9am on a Sunday, quick drive to the property to then be told if I wanted to check in early it would cost me extra (something in excess of 50% of the nightly rate). I ponied up the cash as I had no intention of sitting in the lobby for 4hrs and it was a business expense, but part of my justification for taking the more expensive hotel car was that I might get an early check in.

    JDB 4,654 posts

    usually provides

    This is the problem. Getting to the hotel and being told “no” will quite literally ruin my day! And I tried this gambit in Jo’burg earlier this year. Was picked up by a hotel driver around 9am on a Sunday, quick drive to the property to then be told if I wanted to check in early it would cost me extra (something in excess of 50% of the nightly rate). I ponied up the cash as I had no intention of sitting in the lobby for 4hrs and it was a business expense, but part of my justification for taking the more expensive hotel car was that I might get an early check in.

    Well, that’s the art of negotiation! My wife relies on me not to leave these things to chance (nor pay up!), so you need to get these things teed up in advance including minimum confirmed upgrades with someone rather more senior than a receptionist trained to upsell. Unless the hotel is genuinely full, an early check-in or late check-out is one of the easiest things to agree.

    The real Swiss Tony 700 posts

    Well, that’s the art of negotiation! My wife relies on me not to leave these things to chance (nor pay up!), so you need to get these things teed up in advance including minimum confirmed upgrades with someone rather more senior than a receptionist trained to upsell. Unless the hotel is genuinely full, an early check-in or late check-out is one of the easiest things to agree.


    @Rob
    can we add an ignore button to these boards?

    executiveclubber 311 posts

    Well, that’s the art of negotiation! My wife relies on me not to leave these things to chance (nor pay up!), so you need to get these things teed up in advance including minimum confirmed upgrades with someone rather more senior than a receptionist trained to upsell. Unless the hotel is genuinely full, an early check-in or late check-out is one of the easiest things to agree.



    @Rob
    can we add an ignore button to these boards?

    😂

    Carlos 758 posts

    Think only way to guarantee this is to book the extra night, I’ve been lucky at Waldorf come off early flight and room has been ready, but I always inform hotel I’ll be early and I get them to book me a car for various reasons.
    You could always contact hotel and ask but you would probably get a generic if we can we will reply.

    You mention booking a hotel car that is rarely a cheap option but in my experience usually provides an excellent return on investment. Apart from the comfort of getting directly into a decent car after a long flight, having water plus hot/cold towels, the driver calling ahead so that you are met at the hotel entrance and taken straight to your room, you are already prioritised which will give privileges far greater than any loyalty card or hotel booking programme, including very early check in.

    What if you get dropped off in a nice car at the entrance and the driver just leaves you to a regular bellboy (like everyone else) as he needs to park the nice car back into the basement, take another trip, or does nothing as he’s just a driver. You’re back to square one rubbing shoulders with the other guests and checking in alone.

    BBbetter 778 posts

    What if you get dropped off in a nice car at the entrance and the driver just leaves you to a regular bellboy (like everyone else) as he needs to park the nice car back into the basement, take another trip, or does nothing as he’s just a driver. You’re back to square one rubbing shoulders with the other guests and checking in alone.

    It means you have chosen a hotel with poor customer service or one that’s not a premium hotel.

    To dare is to do 133 posts

    “You mention booking a hotel car that is rarely a cheap option but in my experience usually provides an excellent return on investment. Apart from the comfort of getting directly into a decent car after a long flight, having water plus hot/cold towels, the driver calling ahead so that you are met at the hotel entrance and taken straight to your room, you are already prioritised which will give privileges far greater than any loyalty card or hotel booking programme, including very early check in.”

    I always book hotel car, yes more expensive but I used to travel on my own as a disabled person and it’s so much easier having someone meet me take care of my luggage and me. Now I’m not in position to travel on my own it’s my way of helping whoever in the family is helping me. The hotel know exactly when I’m arriving the drivers always contact them and let them know they have collected me. I also get to choose what type of vehicle as I need to sit in front as no chance I can get in back of car.
    I also prefer it from a safety point of view being a woman traveller, I like to know that someone else knows what vehicle I’m in.

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