You Can Request a Mini Fridge in Your Hotel Room

December 4, 2009 at 1:36 am 3 comments

I’m not talking about minibars that are jammed with overpriced, undersized hickory peanuts and watermelon spritzers. I’m talking about an empty mini fridge that you can stack with caffeine boosting morning starters and gut busting dinner leftovers.

It’s fun to go all MacGyver and use the sink as a cooler, but that loses its cool when you want to use the sink as a sink. That’s why hotels keep mini fridges on-hand for special requests. I discovered this little secret last year, and I travel a fair amount for work so I’ve tried it in many hotels since then — it held true for almost every one.

When you book the room, ask for a mini fridge (or add it to the notes if you book online). Chances are good they will have it in the room for you when you arrive. If you get to your room and there is no fridge there, call the front desk and kindly request one. Don’t mention you already asked for one unless they’re all out, then tell them you requested one when you booked the room, you’d like a discount and you’d like the next fridge that becomes available (when someone who has one checks out). With this approach, I’ve never waited more than a day for a fridge ; I’ve never been given the discount either.

Party On.

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  • 2. Kenny  |  February 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I had no idea you could ask a hotel for a mini fridge. Great tip!

  • 3. Colleen O'Connor  |  June 12, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Is there a mini fridge in the room I reserved for 6/20 to 6/24


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