Anytime I check into a hotel and hear the words, "We went ahead and upgraded you, Ms. Fischer" -- it sounds like music to my ears. There's nothing better than booking one room type and being bumped up a category or two, or three, or four -- or possibly even higher than that.
And that's exactly what happened to me last night when I was staying at the St. Giles in New York City. Much to my delight, I found out I'd been upgraded from one of their deluxe king rooms to a nice suite, probably because I was a repeat guest, and they like to treat their loyal customers well.
But when I checked into my room and found something that wasn't quite to my liking, I went back down to the front desk and politely explained my situation -- and that's when something amazing happened.
I was promptly given the keys to another room, which turned out to be what can only be described as the penthouse suite. (Seriously -- I about fell over when I opened the door.)
And I know what you're thinking -- I totally lucked out and will most likely never stay in a room that amazing again. I'd say you are probably right, but this isn't the first time I've found myself being suddenly upgraded to the nicest room in the hotel. (It's happened a handful of times -- even once at the Gansevoort Park, where the Kardashians lived during their reality show.)
It turns out there are secrets to scoring an upgrade. Here are a few tips and tricks I've picked up along the way during my travels.
Have you found any tricks to getting upgraded at hotels?
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