How to Find Hotel General Manager Email

June 25, 2018 in Travel, Travel Tips - 10 Comments

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Want special treatment at your hotel? One of my tips in how to get VIP treatment at hotels and the ultimate guide to getting a hotel upgrade is to send the hotel general manager an email.

Reader Brandon sent me this Facebook message

Loved your recent blog on the St Kitts Hyatt. I saw you mentioned the General Manager was Mr. Flor Van der Vaart, I’ve done what I can to find his email address but haven’t had any luck. When I inquired with the hotel following your template about an upgrade, I first got we will see what we can do and was then emailed prices to the tune of $600 to $900 more a night. I think this property is doing what they can to get $$$ out of folks.

Sometimes finding their email address is tricky. Here’s how to quickly find a hotel general manager email address and what to include in your email.

How to Find Hotel General Manager Email

Reaching out to the general manager for an upgrade can help you get an upgrade. He/she will forward your email to the director of rooms. But you should only do it when you’re celebrating a special event or have a specific need.

1. Call the Hotel

The quickest and most efficient way to get the general manager’s email is to call the hotel. Don’t call the 800 number. Call the number listed on the website.

If you’re uncomfortable or aren’t sure how to ask, here are a couple of examples:

Hi, would you happen to know who the name of the hotel’s general manager?

After you have their name, then ask for their email address.

Your hotel is awesome. I just stayed there and want to send the general manager an email telling him/her how about my wonderful experience.

Pro-tip: Call before 8 am in the morning or after 7 pm at night. This ensures they won’t transfer you to the manager on duty or the general manager. Because remember, you want their email address to contact them vs actually talking to them. 🙂

2. Google

Google knows everything. 🙂 You can search for the hotel general manager’s email address on Google.

If you’re uncomfortable calling or are traveling and have to deal with time zone issues, searching Google for a hotel general manager email address is easy.

In how to get VIP treatment at hotels, I mentioned that the general manager for the Park Hyatt St Kitts is Flor Vandervaart. I found this by doing a Google search for park hyatt st kitts general manager.

You can use quotes or search without quotes. Some hotels change general managers every few years so check for the most recent date.

Pro-tip: Most hotels use the following email format: firstname.lastname@hotelbrand.com

So for the Park Hyatt St Kitts, Brandon would send an email to flor.vandervaart@hyatt.com.

Emailing the Hotel General Manager

When emailing the hotel general manager think short and sweet. A long dissertation is great for a thesis or college paper, but it doesn’t work for an upgrade request.

1. Be Positive

Be positive and upbeat. Tell him/her how much you can’t wait to stay at the hotel. Express how excited you are about your upcoming reservation.

Pro-tip: Start and end on a positive note.

2. Mention Special Occasions

Be sure to mention any special occasions whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, etc.

Pro-tip: Be honest. Hotels keep records. It’s okay to celebrate your birthday for two weeks, maybe even stretch it a month. But I wouldn’t push claiming it was your birthday several times a year.

3. Include Confirmation Number and Travel Dates

Want to score that sweet suite? If you’re only staying one or two nights, you’re more likely to get that suite upgrade than if you’re staying a week. My upgrade to the one of kind Saatchi Suite at the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill. | hotel hack | travel hacking | TravelingWellForLess.com
My one night stay in the Saatchi Suite at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

Including your confirmation number and travel dates makes it easy. The hotel general manager (or director of rooms) can quickly see what rooms are available.

Pro-tip: If traveling internationally, either write your travel dates in full or use the international date format. This avoids confusion and makes it easier. Example: October 15, 2018 or 2018/10/15.

4. Mention Elite Status

Mention your elite status with the hotel. It’s okay if you don’t have elite status.

If you don’t have status, be straightforward and acknowledge that although you don’t have status, you’d be grateful if they would upgrade you.

Pro-tip: Don’t fudge or make any unverified claims. Hotels can see your hotel history and how many (or few) nights you’ve stayed all year.

5. Reference TripAdvisor

You have a greater chance of a room upgrade if you reference TripAdvisor. Many hotels encourage guest to leave TripAdvisor reviews. Some hotels include links to TripAdvisor reviews. By mentioning TripAdvisor you imply that you might leave a positive review.

Pro-tip: Check TripAdvisor to see if the hotel responds to comments. Hotels that respond to comments or link to TripAdvisor

6. Ask for the Upgrade

I got a free hotel upgrade to the Park Suite at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. All I had to do was ask. | hotel hack | travel hacking | TravelingWellForLess.com
Free upgrade to the Park Suite because I asked nicely.

If you want an upgrade, ask for the upgrade. The hotel general manager won’t know what you want unless you ask.

Be specific and clear. Be reasonable in your request. Don’t ask for an overwater villa if there are only 5 at the hotel and you’re traveling during peak season.

Ask for what you want most. If it’s a larger room, a view, or a room on a certain floor.

Pro-tip: The hotel might offer you a paid upgrade. You have to decide if it’s worth paying for the upgrade or taking the chance and getting a free upgrade. Or losing out on an upgrade.

Conclusion

Scoring a hotel upgrade is easier when you contact the hotel. You increase your chance of success by sending the hotel general manager an email.

To get the manager’s email, you can call the hotel or search Google for the information. Most hotels use a standard format of firstname.lastname@hotelbrand.com.

In the email include your confirmation number, travel dates, elite status (if applicable), special occasion, and the upgrade you’re hoping for. Remember, if you don’t ask the answer is always no. So ask.

Be sure to read these posts how to get VIP treatment at hotels and the ultimate guide on how to get a free hotel upgrade.

I’d love to hear your upgrade experiences. Which hotels have you gotten upgrades after you sent the hotel general manager an email?

Want my upgrade email template to use to ask for an upgrade? Leave a comment below.

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  • Chelsea August 18, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Your post is so timely for me. Thanks for breaking this down into simple steps! Hopefully, I can get some upgrades using this strategy for my next hotel stay. 🙂

    • Debra Schroeder August 18, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Hi Chelsea,

      Yeah! So glad you enjoyed the post and it was helpful. 🙂

  • jin August 18, 2018 at 8:50 am

    This is def super helpful! I stay in many hotels and sometimes we mention that it’s for an event – like a birthday or anniversary. But we usually ask for the upgrade in person. Never though about doing it before we get there! Will try these tips out!

    • Debra Schroeder August 18, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Hi Jin,

      Thank you. So glad you liked the post. 🙂

  • Lauren August 18, 2018 at 8:53 am

    wow – such great advice! My mum soon celebrates her 50th and I phoned up the hotel I’d booked to explain this, he immediately said he’d add this to the notes for a room upgrade although couldn’t guarantee it. So i agree that there is definitely reward to be had if you phone up and mention special occasions! Great advice, thanks for sharing your secrets 😉

    • Debra Schroeder August 19, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Lauren,

      Thanks so much! Excited that you’ve already put a tip into action! Enjoy your mum’s 50th birthday.

  • Dan November 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

    Could you also do a post on how to get free hotel stays?

    This is something I struggle with as a travel blogger.

  • Ferris August 6, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    What a wonderful and useful article. Just in time for a 2 week stay at a hotel overseas. Never thought of asking for an upgrade but you know: why not?
    Thanks for the advice will definitely use.

    • Debra Schroeder October 12, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Hi Ferris,

      So glad you enjoyed the article. I would love to hear about your success in getting upgraded during your trip.

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