08 Aug Booking your preferred room – is it worth it?
Really, the holiday should be perfect. So you’ve booked a room with sea view. Well, you can see the sea, somewhere between the trees on the ground floor. That’s not how you imagined it. The room facing the garden turns out to be the one next to the driveway and the noisy ventilation shaft. Somewhere in the background you can make out a garden. Something like this wouldn’t have happened if you’d booked a preferred room.
What is a preferred room?
Hotels such as those at TUI BLUE have recently started to allow guests to book a requested room at the hotel for a fee. In principle, just like how you can select a particularly comfortable seat on a plane for a fee. Similarly, you can reserve the exact location and even the exact room number with a preferred room booking. You’re guaranteed to have a top-floor room with uninterrupted ocean views or the room next to the pool – your preferences dictate which room will be your dream room.
Example preferred room booking
You can see what the selection of a preferred room can look like with an example of the preferred room booking at TUI BLUE. For 5 euros per night per room, you can book your dream room.
After clicking, the map appears – in this example, the person booked a Duo Extra double room at the Hotel TUI BLUE Palm Garden. All available rooms of this category are shown in blue.
Show available rooms
The site is vast. Therefore, you can zoom in on the map to see the individual rooms better. Let’s say you’re travelling as a family of three, so parents with a toddler. Because of that, you’d like to have a preferred room on the ground floor. As properties of your preferred room, you choose “Near Kids Club”, “Near Beach”, and “Near Pool”, so the walks are as short as possible. Wellness lovers can choose a preferred room close to the spa, people with reduced mobility can see immediately where the barrier-free rooms are, and so on. A dream room according to your needs and preferences! So just check the desired options and see which rooms are available.
Filter and select
Now you can see which rooms meet these criteria. All blue rooms are available. The room next to the pool (red box) speaks to you. Click on the desired room and you’ll see the room number. Since you have selected the room, the color of the room has changed from blue (available) to red (selected). The grey rooms aren’t available due to the room category or the selected filter criteria, or they’re already occupied.
Select and save selection, done! You’ve reserved the perfect room for you!
Preferred room pros and cons
Of course, you have to pay for it. Some guests, especially regulars, write to the hotel prior to arrival and ask for a specific location or would like to return to room 312 because it was so nice there last year. The hotel can never guarantee such requests. With the preferred room booking, you buy yourself the right to a room and you can look forward to the sea view, sunset view, panoramic view, or whatever you want to see from the balcony even more. Again, the hotel can’t 100 percent guarantee that you’ll get that exact room (e.g. because it suddenly has a water damage and is uninhabitable). The fee for the preferred room booking is paid on-site. Of course, if your preferred room isn’t available, you won’t be charged.
Preferred Room: Direct booking is worthwhile
How long before arrival can I book the preferred room? This depends on the hotel and may be possible at the time of booking (direct booking on the website of the hotel) or one week after booking (if you have not booked directly with the hotel, e.g. a package holiday through a tour operator or another hotel reservation platform). The hotel or the tour operator will remind you of the option by email two weeks before arrival. In any case, be quick and secure your preferred room before someone else snatches it up!
Are you curious? You can book a preferred room in the following TUI BLUE hotels (except for economy/promo offer rooms):
To book your preferred room, log in with your booking number on the “MY TUI BLUE” portal or register for it. Alternatively you can book a preferred room through “View/edit a booking” without registering. However, I recommend that you sign up for MY TUI BLUE to take full advantage of the TUI BLUE world.
Tip: The most comfortable way to book a preferred room is in the desktop version.
Gradually, more and more TUI BLUE hotels are adding the option to book your preferred room. We’ll be updating this article again and again.