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Hotel secrets from the Travel Detective : insider tips on getting the best value, service, and security in accomodations from bed-and-breakfasts to five-star resorts
Greenberg, Peter.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Villard, [2004]

Physical Description:
xii, 291 pages ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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TX907 .G659 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TX907 .G659 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Travel

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Indispensable information for away-from-home lodging, from the author of the New York Times bestseller The Travel Detective

In Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective , America's best-known and most trusted travel authority reveals the insider knowledge that can make every hotel stay as comfortable as (and sometimes even more cost-efficient than) home. With his incomparable access and nose for news, Peter Greenberg shares the secrets that people who know hotels--managers, maids, reservation clerks, bellhops, chefs, and maintenance guys--don't want you to know about value, service, safety, security, and cleanliness. Tips include:

• How to tell if your room is really clean
• What never to order from room service
• The real way to prevent hotel crime
• How to beat excessive hotel phone charges
• The exact rooms where headline-making events took place

Drawn from the author's experiences as both an investigative reporter and a constant traveler, Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective is an essential guide to everything from luxury resorts to motels, from airport hotels and bed-and-breakfasts to outrageous (and often secret) alternatives to hotels.

Author Notes

Peter Greenberg in the travel editor for NBC's Today show, the chief correspondent for the Dicover Network's Travel Channel, and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Today show travel editor Greenberg (The Travel Detective) is determined to get travelers the best hotel rooms and perks for the least amount of money, whether they're staying at a Holiday Inn or a Ritz-Carlton. His advice covers everything from how to tip, snag a nice room and make friends with the concierge to ordering room service and childproofing a room. His advice is a choppy mix of the valuable (e.g., a hotel's Web site isn't always the best place to find the lowest rate), the commonsensical (e.g., beware the charges that may be incurred for merely opening a mini bar), the gutsy (e.g., ask if there's a handicapped-accessible room available when arriving at a hotel-even if you're not handicapped-since those rooms are larger), the far-fetched (e.g., if room service won't bring a specific dish, call the hotel dining room and ask them to deliver what you want via room service) and the paranoid (e.g., hotels that have in-room safes aren't trustworthy). All the same, Greenberg's chatty humor and use of detailed anecdotes will be appreciated by both jet-setters and those just beginning their travels Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

Travel editor of the Today show, Greenberg (The Travel Detective) shares the inside scoop on how to get the best room rates-not necessarily on the Internet-and avoid the many pitfalls of hotel lodging. He tells scary stories about hidden fees, theft, dirty rooms, and other difficulties and introduces readers to the best person to ask about hotel conditions (hint: it's not the manager). Some of the more useful chapters include "What the Housekeepers Won't Tell You," "What the Concierge Won't Tell You," and "The Truth About Stars and Diamonds." Though entertaining, "Rooms with a Past" serves no practical purpose. The last chapter covers additional resources, such as hotels for the disabled and frequent-stay programs. The level of detail will overwhelm infrequent travelers, though it might be useful for those who use hotels often; bed-and-breakfasts and motels get scant coverage. While certainly illuminating, this expos? might deter people from ever setting foot in a hotel again.-George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.