Expect to forego some basics at budget hotels

Most hotels have in-room phones, for example, but double-check this at inexpensive properties, especially if you are traveling outside the United States. The same goes for TVs and air-conditioning. Most hotels and motels have in-room TVs, often with cable, in the United States, but the terms change when outside North America. International chain hotels tend to be the most predictable in terms of what in-room amenities you can expect.