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Senior Travel - Accommodations

Learn about senior-friendly hotels, motels and bed & breakfast inns. Find out how to rent vacation cottages and participate in home exchanges.

Nine Irritating Hotel Fees – and Four Not-So-Irritating Fees
Hotels have unbundled services so they can charge fees for amenities such as in-room WiFi, fitness center use and late check-out. Learn about the various fees you might be charged during your next hotel stay and read our tips for avoiding irritating hotel fees.

Hotel Resort Fees
In today's world, travelers are increasingly aware of the fees that air carriers are adding to the price of an airline ticket. But did you know that this trend is spreading through the hotel community as well? Many hotels are now charging "resort fees" ranging from $5 to as much as $30 per night.

Hotel Discounts for Senior Travelers
Hotel chains throughout the US offer discounts to seniors. Find out more about hotel discounts for senior travelers and view a list of discounts offered by hotel chains.

Downtown Hotels or Suburban Hotels – Which Should You Choose?
You are normally selecting time or money when you choose to stay in a downtown or suburban hotel. Toss in a rental car, and things get slightly more complicated. Find out about the pros and cons of staying downtown and staying in the suburbs.

Should You Join a Hotel Rewards Program?
Hotel rewards programs promise free hotel stays, hotel services, member perks and more. Are these enticing offers worth your time, or are they too good to be true? Learn more about the pros and cons of hotel rewards programs and find out whether you need to sign up for hotel rewards credit cards.

Hotel Fire Safety for Senior Travelers
As you check into your room, hotel fire safety might be the last thing on your mind, but fire safety considerations are just as important when you travel as they are at home. Your hotel should have smoke alarms and a fire escape plan, at a minimum. Learn more about hotel fire safety and take a look at our hotel fire safety tips.

Find Pet-Friendly Accommodations
Over half of all U. S. households include at least one pet, and one-third of dog owners bring their canine companions with them when they travel. If you're considering bringing your pet with you on your next vacation, you'll have little trouble finding pet-friendly accommodations. Let us help you find the perfect place to vacation with your pet.

Hotel Etiquette
Hotel etiquette involves much more than knowing how much to tip the housekeeping staff. Treating fellow guests and hotel employees with respect can help ensure a pleasant stay.

Youth Hostel Etiquette for Senior Travelers
Staying at a youth hostel is different from staying in a hotel or B&B, so hostellers have developed their own unique travel etiquette. Learn more about youth hostel etiquette and read our tips for meeting and getting along with your fellow hostellers.

My Youth Hostel Stay
Have you stayed in a youth hostel, even though you're no longer a starving college student? Perhaps you had a wonderful or terrifying experience during your youth hostel stay. Share your story and help other mature travelers find the best and avoid the worst hostels.

Bed and Breakfast Inns: A Relaxing Alternative
Bed and breakfast inns (B&Bs) are an excellent alternative to traditional hotels. They offer privacy, charm and opportunities to meet fellow travelers. Find out more about staying at bed and breakfast inns.

Bed and Breakfast Inn Etiquette for Senior Travelers
B&Bs are smaller, more intimate, more welcoming – and, perhaps, a bit intimidating than hotels. How should you behave if you are staying at a bed and breakfast? Our bed and breakfast inn etiquette tips will help you feel more comfortable during your B&B stay.

Before You Make a Bed and Breakfast Reservation
Elizabeth Arneson, About.com's Guide to Bed & Breakfasts, discusses questions you should ask your innkeeper before you book your B&B room.

Before You Make Hotel Reservations
Before you make hotel reservations, find out more about your chosen hotel. Find out how to read hotel reviews, compare prices and check cancellation policies.

Budget Accommodations in Europe
If you're planning a trip to Europe, consider less expensive, nontraditional accommodations, such as independent hotels, convents, youth hostels and vacation apartments.

Immersion Travel and Hotel Stays
Immersion travel emphasizes alternative accommodations, such as bed and breakfast inns, hostels and couch surfing. When travelers cannot stay in alternative lodgings, are they locked out of the immersion travel experience? Find out how immersion travel can be compatible with hotel stays.

Hosting Houseguests
It's fun to host family and friends, but playing local tour guide can also be stressful. Our tips for successfully hosting houseguests can help you make your next hosting experience a success.

Houseguest Etiquette 101
Many of us enjoy taking daytrips when we visit family and friends. Staying with loved ones can drastically reduce your travel costs. It's important, however, to remember that you're the guest in someone's home. Find out how to be a host-pleasing houseguest.

How to Choose a Motel
When you're faced with a list of motels, how do you choose the one that best meets your needs? These tips can help you select the right motel for your next trip.

How to Rent a Vacation Cottage
Vacation cottages are wonderful getaway destinations. You can find a cottage in the mountains, near a lake or beach or at a state park.

Pros and Cons of Vacation Rentals
If you're trying to decide whether to rent a vacation cottage for your next vacation, you're not alone. Vacation rentals have both advantages and disadvantages. Find out more about the pros and cons of vacation rentals.

Romantic Weekend Getaways
Planning a romantic escape? Learn the pros and cons of various types of lodging, from resorts to rustic cabins.

Should I Stay With Friends on My Next Vacation?
If you're looking for ways to cut travel costs, staying with friends is a money-saving option. Staying with friends isn't for everyone, though. Find out about the pros and cons of staying with friends to save money.

Top 10 Internet Sites with Hotel Reviews
Before you reserve a hotel room, find out what other travelers have to say. This list of hotel review websites tells you what to look for and how to make the most of user reviews.

What to Bring to Your Vacation Rental Cottage
As you pack for your vacation rental cottage getaway, this handy checklist will help you remember what to bring.

Where to Stay
As you plan your dream trip, spend some time reviewing your lodging options. You probably have more than one alternative, so why not choose a place to stay that will make your trip even more enjoyable?

Youth Hostels 101
Youth hostels offer low-cost lodgings for travelers of all ages in over 80 countries. Staying in hostels is a great way to save money and meet people from around the world. Find out if a youth hostel stay is a good option for you.

Hotel Fails vs. Hotel Reality
What's the difference between a hotel fail and hotel realities? Is a used toilet paper bin a true hotel fail, or just the way things work? Take a closer look at some typical hotel realities and decide for yourself.

7 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Vacation Rental Scams
Don't let your vacation cottage dream turn into a nightmare. Before you rent a vacation apartment or cottage, look at our 7 tips for avoiding vacation rental fraud.

Should You Use Your Hotel Room's Safe?
Hotel room safes are convenient, but are they really secure? Find out whether our alternatives to in-room safes could work for you.

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