Get Some Face-To-Face Time
Business is always better conducted in person, and that applies to getting hotels to show you a little extra love, too. "I find it much easier to get to the check-in desk early and ask if they can do anything special, compared to talking on the phone," said Carol Cain, blogger at Girl Gone Travel. "It helps if I'm extra nice about having to wait."
Charlotte Chen, cofounder of travel appSpottly and soon-to-be launched Wundrful, thinks you should always be specific about the amenities you're looking for, like bathtubs, which are usually found only in higher-end rooms. However, you're likely to be forgoing something else in return. So think it over: Free extra bed or a better view? Either way, it never hurts to ask — in person.