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You can learn just about anything you need to know about your chosen honeymoon hotel from doing a little digging on the Internet. Between their website and the reviews and images shared on reviews websites, there is a lot of information out there for most major resorts. That said, a phone call — before you lay down a nonrefundable deposit — can save you some major heartache.
1. How close is the hotel to the water?
If you're booking a property in a resort town, and beach access is important to you, make sure you know exactly what you're getting. If the beach is a drive away, or down a cliff, you may not be as happy with your access as if you pick a property where the sand is just steps from your door.
2. How quiet is the hotel?
Ask some questions about noise. For example, is the property near the airport? On a busy road? Next to a very popular beach bar? Depending on the answers, you may still want to book the resort, but you may want to request a specific room location.
3. What are the smoking policies?
There are still plenty of places in the world where the hotels are not completely non-smoking. If you or your fiancé are bothered by smoke, be sure to ask what the rules are and request a non-smoking room if you do decide to stay there.
4. How close is the property to a shopping district?
This question is totally dependent on where you're staying. If, for example, you are choosing your hotel for it's remote, secluded, away from it all location, then access to restaurants and shops is probably not your first priority. But if you are staying in a town that has a great nightlife or daytime scene, and you think you're picking a hotel that will give you access to all the town has to offer, be sure to confirm that's true before you lock in your room.
5. What type of guests stay at the resort?
This is an important question in areas that get a lot of conferences and other businesses. If you'd be bummed out by the rest of the guests wearing name tags and working on laptops in the lobby while you're playing, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. The same goes for families: If you're picturing a quiet pool where you can sun in solitude, make sure there won't be hundreds of kids playing tag and games of Marco Polo, and doing cannonballs into the water.