Nothing says "I'm on vacation" like chilling in your best borrowed terry-cloth robe, waiting for someone to deliver a tray of fresh-cooked, delicious food right to your room. But I know what you’re thinking: Room service? It’s the hotel bogeyman! The food sucks, and it’s way overpriced. And the minibar? Don’t even think about it, unless you want to spend $20 on a domestic beer.
Well, you can listen to the haters about in-room dining (IRD), or you can start getting smart about it. With that in mind, I called some hotshot hospitality insiders to get their secrets for hacking the system and scoring a killer meal every single time, and compiled their advice into the definitive Seven Rules of Room Service.
Mark Ellwood is the author of Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World.