When you’re on vacation, you understandably want to have a luxurious time. If you like to feel pampered and like you’re living in luxury while on a trip, the place you stay can make a huge difference.
While many of us can’t stay at a five-star hotel because of budget, there are some ways that you can make your stay at any hotel feel more upscale. Even if you’re staying at an average three-star hotel, there are some simple things you can do to make your stay feel more like a resort. This will leave you feeling relaxed and happy, even while traveling on a budget.
Here are ten items and things you can do to make your hotel feel like it’s actually five-star.
10 FIND A Hotel THAT’S IN A GREAT LOCATION
While this isn’t exactly an item, it’s definitely one of the most important things to keep in mind. Location can make all the difference when you’re staying somewhere. Even if you’re hotel isn’t high class, if you’re in a central area, it can feel luxurious.
Staying closer to the beach or in the middle of a city can give you that five-star experience without having to break the bank to do so. This will also lower the amount of time you spend getting around and could even save you money on transportation.
9 UTILIZE THE HOTEL SPA IF THEY HAVE ONE OR BRING YOUR OWN STUFF
Setting aside some time to relax and pamper yourself can make your stay at a hotel feel like a getaway. If your hotel happens to have any spa services, you should definitely utilize those. But, if they don’t, you can make your own mini-spa in your room.
You can bring along face masks, bath bombs, and more to make it feel like you’re having your own relaxing getaway. Soaking in the tub while pampering your skin and body will make you feel recharged.
8 SEE IF UPGRADES ARE AVAILABLE
While not all hotels have upgrades available, some of them do. Some more averagely priced hotels might also have options for a slightly better room. It never hurts to ask.
You could see if there are suites available that have jacuzzis or even regular rooms that do. This will definitely help you stay feel more relaxed and high-end as you’ll be able to enjoy the jets in the tub. But, if the hotel doesn’t have any tubs like this, make sure to use the tub to at least enjoy the hot water.
7 BRING YOUR OWN LINENS
One of the best ways to make your three-star hotel feel five-star is to bring your own sheets. If you have a nice pair of sheets at home, make sure to bring them along with you. You can even invest in a high thread count sheet set for your trip and then keep them to use at home every night.
Another tip is to bring two top sheets to make the bed instead of using the fitted sheet. You’ll feel really comfortable in your own linens, and the higher the thread count and more luxurious sheets you bring the more lavish you’ll feel.
6 BRING ALONG FAKE CANDLES OR TEA LIGHTS
Another way to make your hotel feel more like a spa is to bring along some lights for ambience. This can make a big difference when you’re soaking in the bathtub.
While you might not want to bring too many candles that could set off a fire alarm, small candles such as tea lights or fake electric candles are just as good. You can also consider bringing some strands of lights to set up in the room that will create a nice atmosphere whether you're working or just relaxing and watching the television.
5 TRY TO GET A ROOM WITH A VIEW
This is another thing you can do to try and make your stay feel a lot more elegant. If you're staying in a room on the first floor with no view, you might feel more boxed in and not as relaxed. Instead, request a room that gives you more of a view.
See if you can get a room on a higher floor and ask the employees which rooms give the best view of the area where you're staying. Booking your room ahead of time will definitely give you more options for a room with a view.
4 BRING SOME FANCY WINE OR CHAMPAGNE
When imagining the perfect five-star hotel experience, one of the things that comes to mind is a bottle of champagne. While even many average hotels will have champagne or wine you can order, it’s often rather expensive. It’s much more cost-effective to bring along your own alcohol.
You can bring a nice bottle of wine or champagne that you’ve been setting aside for a special occasion. Doing so will help you relax after a long day of sightseeing and give you a chance to unwind while feeling fancy.
3 BRING A LUXURIOUS ROBE
Depending on which hotel you’re staying at, there might be a robe available in the room. However, not all of these robes are super nice or feel great. In order to get that five-star experience, you can bring along your own robe.
If you’re looking to relax and feel comfy, a soft, fluffy robe is perfect. Or, if you’re looking to feel more luxurious, you can go for a satin or silk robe to lounge around in.
2 ORDER IN A NICE MEAL OR BRING YOUR OWN FOOD
Eating a fancy meal is another way to feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury. If your hotel has room service, you can consider ordering in.
Another great option is to use a food delivery service, which is likely cheaper than room service, to order a meal a little more on the pricey side. Alternately, you can bring along a delicious spread such as food to make a cheese plate.
1 TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ANY EXTRA SERVICES
Many hotels offer extra services for their customers. If you want to feel like you’re being pampered, try to utilize these.
You can see if the hotel offers a concierge service, room service, etc. Spending a little extra money to get pampered and have things done for you can make you feel like you’re on an elegant and high-end trip.