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Specify while making your reservation if you’d like to request an early check-in or late check-out.

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Before arriving, communicate to the hotel team if you want an early check-in or late check-out.

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Andrea Martin, director of revenue management at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach, Florida, said that the front desk team at Margaritaville always tries to accommodate guests’ early check-in or late check-out requests when possible, but the team’s ability to do so “all depends on availability” of the rooms.

Travelers should also be aware that many hotels charge early check-in and late check-out fees, Martin said, in order to “accommodate their team’s schedule to these special requests.” For example, the Margaritaville Resort in Palm Springs, California, and the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, charge $50 for guests who want to check in early.

The experts said to indicate your preferred early arrival or late departure time on your reservation, either by adding a special requests note if making reservations online or by mentioning your arrival and departure times if booking over the phone. While doing so won’t guarantee your request being fulfilled, it does help the front desk team in their planning, Martin said.

“They can assign you a room that is already clean, if available,” Martin said, or, they can give you a room that isn’t booked the night of your check-out date, which means there will be more flexibility to extend the checkout time.

Being a hotel loyalty program member also “helps a lot,” Martin said, when it comes to check-in or check-out special requests. At Margaritaville, these guests “always get priority on early check-in and late check-out,” she said. 

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