Make your reservations at least 4 to 6 months prior to travel. Holiday reservations at in-demand hotels should be requested 11 months in advance. (Many resorts/hotels will only create wait lists at that point. 6 to 8 months out they will begin confirming, starting with returning guests.)

When booking, specify whether you want single or double occupancy. Often single rooms have a twin bed, and double rooms may have two twin beds, so if you prefer one large double bed, be sure to ask. If you book a room with an ocean view, that’s what you’ll get. On-site upgrades are rare. If you want an oceanfront, mountain view, canal view, Kremlin view, etc., request that room category.

Hotels tend to have few connecting rooms, and these are available only by request. However, connecting rooms are often available in certain room categories such as suites and Jr. suites.