‘Hotels are back!’ declared Country & Town House magazine in a recent feature celebrating the reopening of the UK hospitality sector. Its cheers were no doubt echoed in homes across the country. Room service, fluffy white bathrobes and spas… Oh, hotels, we’ve missed you!
After enduring months of closures because of the pandemic, hotels can now welcome guests again. As part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, Scottish venues have been back in business since late April, while their counterparts across England, Wales and Northern Ireland reopened their doors in May.
If, like us, you’re jumping for joy at the prospect of swapping your familiar four walls for a plush room with a view, you’ll be eager to plan your next hotel stay. This is a good time to book with British hotels: they’re fresh out of hibernation and eager to attract guests after the financial pressures imposed on them by the lockdowns.
This is also a good time to focus on luxury. After all, you were deprived of stays at refined, relaxing venues for ever so long. At Elite Titles, we love helping people to enhance their lifestyles and have plenty of tips for making your next hotel break as special as possible.
Seek Out ‘Secret’ Room Rates
Here’s a hotel insider tip: to avoid having empty rooms, many venues offer ‘secret’, heavily discounted rates on last-minute bookings. Those in the know save as much as 50% simply because the rooms in question haven’t been snapped up at the standard prices. That means you can make your travel budget go further and book more luxurious accommodation than you’d anticipated.
You could start your search at LastMinute.com, which boasts secret room rates from hotels around the UK.
Tailor Your Stay with a Special Package
Another attractive option is to book a special package rather than a room-only deal. After you’ve found your dream hotel (which is easier than it sounds, thanks to services such as Porter, which only recommend hotels matching your preferences), it can pay to check out any carefully curated packages available. They’re often designed to tempt prospective guests who are on the lookout for more luxury.
Hotel packages including complimentary services are a wonderful way to tailor your stay to your tastes, boost the sophistication factor and ensure value for money. For example, you might find a package promising free cocktails in the bar plus a massage in the spa. Bliss!
Draw Attention to Special Occasions
If you’re planning a getaway to celebrate your birthday, wedding anniversary or other special occasion, don’t be shy about telling the hotel staff in advance – and reminding them when you check in. Doing so almost guarantees you’ll receive some perks.
Many hotels like to help guests celebrate in style – you might discover you’re the lucky recipient of complimentary champagne, get seated at the best table for afternoon tea on the terrace or have your dinner in the restaurant enlivened by the waiter bringing you a birthday cake. There’s nothing quite like blowing out candles while everyone around you – loved ones and strangers alike – spontaneously erupts into a chorus of ‘happy birthday’ followed by applause!
Hire a Butler for the Ultimate Personal Service
Established in the late 19th century, The Savoy in London made its name as Britain’s first luxury hotel and remains a magnet for members of elite society.
One of the hallmarks of a top hotel is the provision of a personal butler service, and The Savoy’s is second to none. If you fancy really pushing the boat out, why not check into a suite and hire a butler to help you with everything from designer shopping to pet care?
Book Your Stay as a Lord or Lady
Purchasing our Lord and Lady titles or other aristocratic-style titles can have numerous benefits, not least during hotel stays. Take advantage of our exciting, affordable Non-Seated Titles service, for example, to legally upgrade your title and improve your chances of receiving preferential treatment.
The potential perks are clear from this testimonial written by one of our clients: ‘Recently I was in London at a very smart hotel, when I booked in I was immediately upgraded to the hotels suite at no extra charge and they even threw in a bottle of champagne for myself and my wife.’
Buying elite titles isn’t the same as joining the nobility – but it’s surely the next best thing.