It's a common scenario: your flight lands late in the evening so you don't check into the hotel until past midnight. Or you have to leave very early in the morning, many hours before the official check out time. With most hotels, even though you're only staying half the time, you still have to pay the rate for the full night. Fortunately though, some hotels are daring to be different. Here are five hotels in Asia offering you more flexibility about exactly when you check in, and out, of you room.
Where? Hong Kong
Which properties? The Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong in Wan Chai, Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong in Causeway Bay and the Cosmo Hotel Mongkok.
What is offered? The group’s three hotels have a 24-hour check-in and check-out programme which allows guests to choose when they check in and then stay a full 24-hours, not needing to check out until the same time the next day.
How useful is it? At the moment the service is only available in these three Dorsett International properties – chosen because of the fact that they are located in round-the-clock areas of Hong Kong. A spokesperson for the hotel said the group may look into the feasibility of offering the service elsewhere.
Eastin Hotels and Resorts
Where? Bangkok and Hanoi
Which properties? The group’s Easy brand properties: The Eastin Easy Siam Piman, located in the far east of Bangkok about 15 minutes away from the airport, and the Eastin Easy GTC Hotel, located on the edge of the city’s business district.
What is offered? Both hotels allow guests to choose whether they wish to stay for either six, 12, or 24 hours, and pay a different rate depending on which option they choose.
How useful is it? The service is limited to the group’s two Easy brand hotels and not other brands. Eastin is, however, planning to open several more Easy brand properties in the next few years, particularly in India.
Which properties? All Starwood properties
What is offered? The group is offering a Your24 service to members of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programme who have stayed more than 75 nights in hotels annually. Under the service, these guests can check in at any time and stay a full 24 hours.
How useful is it? The service is only available to the select few that are not only Platinum Starwood Preferred Guest members (having stayed 50 nights or more annually) but they also have to had stayed over 75 nights. The group says it has no intention of expanding the service to any other SPG members at present.
Where? The Landmark Hotel Bangkok, which is located on Sukhumvit Road near to the Nana BTS station. It is near to the Asoke-Sukhumvit intersection which is Bangkok’s primary central business district.
What is offered? The hotel offers a special 24/7 Package for its club rooms, which allows guests to choose the time they check in and then stay for 24 hours from that time.
How useful is it? In order to take advantage of the package, guests have to reserve one of the hotel’s club rooms. The package is not available at any of the other hotels that fall under the Landmark hotel group.
Which properties? The Atria Hotel is located near University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering on the east side of Bangalore city centre.
What is offered? The hotel allows guests to check in at any time and then each day counts as 24-hours from this time onwards.
How useful is it? The Atria hotel is an independent property so the service is only available at this one hotel.