Important news before you travel:
If you are in the United States you should be aware of certain Travel Advisories which are given to citizens who choose to travel abroad. These advisories can affect you and may even change your travel plans. So before you go to the airport you should always check to see if your destination country is on the List of the United States Government Travel Advisories.
For more information: Check out the link below which will send you to the US Governments official website.
TIPS ON MAKING HOTEL RESERVATIONS:
When traveling for business or fun, there’s nothing worse than thinking you have a reservation and learning your hotel reservations been lost, your room has one bed and not two bedrooms, or you thought your check-in time was noon, only to find out it is really 3:00pm. To help avoid these things from happening, there are a few helpful hotel reservation tips seasoned travelers recommend:
Always use a credit card when making a hotel reservation. A credit cards offers the guest some level of protection should the hotel stay go awry. Any disputes a guest may have with the hotel, or with the billing can more easily be rectified through the credit card company. The card company will act as a mediator once their client can show effort to resolve the dispute. Additionally, if a dispute cannot be resolved, the credit card company has the authority to remove the charge from a client’s bill. If cash were paid, a hotel guest would have no recourse. Note: If you don’t use your own credit card to secure a reservation, be aware that the person whose name is on the card will be responsible for showing the card and signing at check in. If the card does not belong to the person staying at the hotel, notify the desk before leaving home (prior to arrival) and ask what their identification procedure is. They may accept a letter from the credit card holder authorizing use, and a copy of both the front and back of the card.
Ask for deals/discounts at each hotel. Many hotels offer corporate, AAA, senior, or even mid-week/off-season discounts. If one is not offered - ask about them. Many hotels now offer ‘rewards’ programs and some hotels reduce rates by $50 or more, for simply signing up for their program. If making reservations online, look for internet-only rates and shop various websites to find the best deals. Travel agents can often secure unadvertised specials or late check-in opportunities which can translate into huge savings.
When making reservations speak clearly and repeat spelling of all names. There have been many reservations lost because of inaccurate spelling and guests have been told they did not have rooms when a hotel or an entire city was booked to capacity. If any special requests are made, verify them and if possible get them in writing. Also make sure to get the name of the employee. Verify everything spell names and verify information/requests etc. Double check reservations prior to leaving for hotel and make sure names of all hotel employees you’ve spoken to are taken.
When reservations are made, changed and cancelled-confirmation numbers are given. Make sure all numbers are kept in a safe place until credit cards are billed and all charges are verified. Cancellation and confirmation numbers are often the difference between being charged for a hotel reservation that was cancelled, the possibility of a free upgrade when the hotel overbooks and you can prove when your reservation was made, and being stranded away from home without a room for the night.
Discuss hotel policies prior to making reservations, and verify them at check-in. Some hotels require credit cards at check in for any hotel charges, such as telephone usage, room service, meals in the hotel, or even take -out arranged through the hotel with area restaurants, etc. If a credit card is not available, a cash/check deposit maybe required for any services/fees that may accrue during the hotel stay. Determine when check-in/check-out times are, when cancellation policies go into affect and verify occupancy limits if staying in a room with multiple occupants.
Remember these hotel reservation tips when scheduling your travel plans. Whether by internet, through a travel agent, or by telephone, it pays to research the hotel and be meticulous when making arrangements. A little pre-planning when making reservations can save major headaches when traveling away from home.
WHY A TIMESHARE PROPERTY MAY BE YOUR PERFECT VACATION ANSWER:
You may not know it but many people throughout the world have Timeshare properties which they use for vacations.
A timeshare is a property with a particular form of ownership or use rights. These properties are typically resort condominium units, in which multiple parties hold rights to use the property, and each sharer is allotted a period of time (typically one week, and almost always the same time every year) in which they may use the property.
Units may be on a partial ownership, lease, or "right to use" basis, in which the sharer holds no claim to ownership of the property.
Two basic vacation ownership options are available: timeshares and vacation interval plans. The value of these options is in their use as vacation destinations, not as investments. Because so many timeshares and vacation interval plans are available, the resale value of yours is likely to be a good deal lower than what you paid.
Both a timeshare and a vacation interval plan require you to pay an initial purchase price and periodic maintenance fees. The initial purchase price may be paid all at once or over time; periodic maintenance fees are likely to increase every year.
Deeded Timeshare Ownership. In a timeshare, you either own your vacation unit for the rest of your life, for the number of years spelled out in your purchase contract, or until you sell it. Your interest is legally considered real property.
You buy the right to use a specific unit at a specific time every year, and you may rent, sell, exchange, or bequeath your specific timeshare unit. You and the other timeshare owners collectively own the resort property.
Unlike a vacation home which may be vacant part of the year, you only pay for what you use. Thus, the use of a very expensive property could be more affordable; for one thing you don’t need to worry about year-round maintenance.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN DORAL FLORIDA
There is so much to do in Florida and so much to see that it is almost impossible to see everything. There are also many places you can choose to stay at during your time in Doral Florida. The folloting is a list of the best luxurious options available to you:
-Trump National Doral Miami 4400 NW 87th Avenue, Doral FL 33178. Phone number +1 305 592 2000. The Trump Hotel has a pool, room service, restaurants, workout room, bar/lounge, spa, free high speed internet, golf course, and hot tub. There are numerous dining options such as Marketplace Café for breakfast and BLT Prime, Palm Grill, and Champion Bar & Grill for either lunch or dinner. Spa accommodation prices ranges from $300.00-$500.00, and golf rates range from $165.00-$450.00. Per night the cost of a room is $360 approximately. more info on Trump Doral
-Provident Doral At The Blue Miami 5300 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178. Phone number +1 305 597 8600. The hotel offers a swimming pool and sundeck with a pool bar, spa, free parking, free WIFI, non-smoking rooms, tennis court, wheelchair access, pet access, laundry service, multilingual staff, babysitting and 24-hour fitness center. It additionally hosts meetings or special events. One night at this hotel is approximately $189.
-InterContinental at Doral Miami 2505 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172. Phone number +1 877 859 5095. The hotel has wheelchair access, pool, restaurant, gym, tennis court, bar, non-smoking rooms, free internet, room service, free parking, shuttle bus service, and airport transportation. One night at the InterContinental is about $180.
-Holiday Inn Miami - Doral Area 3255 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172. Phone number +1 877 859 5095. The amenities of the hotel are: free parking, restaurants, free internet, fitness center, room service, bar/lounge, wheelchair access, tennis court, dry cleaning, laundry service, banquet room, and self-serve laundry. The cost of a single room is approximately $180 in a nightly rate.
-Baymont Inn & Suites Miami Airport West 3805 NW 107th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178. Phone number 1-800-337-0300. The services of this hotel include: free breakfast, free parking, shuttle bus service, airport transportation, dry cleaning, meeting rooms, laundry service and self-serve laundry. Two double beds, non-smoking room with free continental breakfast and free WiFi is approximately $130 per night.
-Aloft Miami Doral 3265 NW 107th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172. Phone number: +1 786 272 7200 (Central Reservation +1 866 716 8143). The amenities of the hotel are: pool, free parking, fitness center, bar and lounge, free WiFi, pets allowed, wheelchair access, non-smoking, dry cleaning, laundry service, banquet room, and conference facilities. Aloft room, non-smoking and king bed is approximately $125 per night.
-Hampton Inn & Suites Miami-Doral/Dolphin Mall 11600 NW 41st Street, Doral, FL 33178. Phone number: +1 855 271 3622. (+1 305 500 9300 FAX: +1 305 500 9400). The amenities available for business travelers are: audio/visual equipment rental, business center, business phone service, printing and photo copying service center, fax, and meeting rooms. For the customer’s comfort and convenience, the hotel offers coin laundry, bar, baggage storage, ATM ($3.00), gift shop, multilingual staff, and fitness room. One king bed, non-smoking and free WiFi is $150 per night.
-Candlewood Suites Miami Airport West 8855 NW 27th Street, Doral, FL 33172. Phone number: +1 877 859 5095 (1 800 972 2604). Candlewood Suites offers free parking, gym, pool, tennis court, WiFi. Additionally, the hotel allows pets and has wheelchair access. A room for two people is $150 per night.