Having pizza delivered is one of life’s great treats. You can lounge at home and with a few simple swipes of your phone or clicks of the keyboard, a hot and delicious pizza will appear at your door. But what about when you’re away from home or traveling and just want to eat in your room without room service?
Can you get pizza delivered to a hotel? Yes. Hotels have different delivery policies – some drivers will be allowed to reception, some only to the front gates. Hotels with kitchens will discourage deliveries, but very few ban bringing food into your room. Many pizza companies have policy to only deliver to hotel receptions so you will have to meet them.
In short – you should be able to find a way even if the hotel doesn’t make life easy. I’ve got a few tips in the article to make the delivery go smoothly. My first tip – make sure to give the driver your first and last name, and your room number. Now they can enter the building and pass through reception with some details which match a hotel guest if they are questioned.
Getting Pizza Delivered To Your Hotel
If you’re planning ahead, there are a few things to consider. In many hotels, having a pizza delivered to your hotel room is very simple – you can just use your favorite food delivery app or visit a restaurant’s website to place an order. But there are a few actions to take to ensure your order makes it to you without any trouble.
Look For Problematic Signs
Some hotels have actual signs that prohibit outside food from being delivered. This doesn’t mean a pizza delivery is completely off the table, but it can be a bump in the road.
Then, there are other kinds of “signs.” These are the signs that pizza delivery might be frowned upon, which again doesn’t mean you can’t order delivery, you’ll just have to dig a little deeper before you do. Keep an eye out for these:
- Higher-end hotels that might prevent delivery drivers from taking food to rooms.
- Hotels that have a fast-casual dining restaurant in the hotel lobby or close to it – they’ll want to try to get you to eat their food.
- Strict parking personnel that might give the driver a hard time about parking while delivering food.
- Front desk staff that are particularly overly concerned. They can potentially cause a snag for the driver by not allowing them to bring the pizza to your room.
Check With The Front Desk
Even though you may observe some of the signs mentioned, this doesn’t have to be a complete roadblock. It’s always a good idea to call the front desk to see what their delivery policy is. They are probably fine with it, and this can alleviate your anxiety.
It might be that you need to meet the driver in the lobby, so it can be helpful to notify the front desk staff as they can call you when the order arrives. Or in some instances they might just walk the delivery person to your room. This is one reason why it sometimes pays to be an extra kind hotel guest.
In the rare case of a serious stickler for rules at the front desk, you might just have to meet the driver outside to get your pizza. I’d say good pizza is probably worth the extra leg work.
If you’re in an unfamiliar area or new city, checking with the front desk ahead of time has an added bonus. They can give you a recommendation for the best pizza delivery.
Some hotels have arrangements with local services, so might have menus available for recommended pizza. They might place your order and notify you when it arrives.
I’m sure you’ve had some killer local recommendations before while you’ve been away. So its worth asking to find places which you might not have found yourself.
Do Your Research
Before you order, check the various food delivery apps and sites for pricing. Some pizza delivery places charge more for hotel delivery, especially if its far away, while others don’t. Also along these same lines, pricing on certain apps is increased for some restaurants.
You can avoid this by making a little comparison on your own. Just remember to do this before you’ve reached the point of complete starvation. Ordering pizza when your hangry is a dangerous move.
Checking out the potential means of delivery will also save you the time of wondering whether or not the food will come to your door or if you’ll need to go to the lobby. And you’ll be able to predetermine your method of tipping. This can save you time and awkwardness at the drop-off.
Tips And Tricks For Hotel Pizza Delivery
Sampling a local pizza while on vacation should be one of the best parts. Here are some hints from real hotel front desk and the delivery drivers, so hopefully you can avoid any delivery fails.
Give Your Correct First Name, Last Name And Room Number
Sometimes night managers can get suspicious with delivery personnel. If they have your first name, last name and room number then that usually puts their worry at rest and are allowed in the building.
Front Desk and Delivery Driver Networking
In some cities where delivery happens more often, delivery drivers and hotel staff work together often. Restaurants have been known to hand out “hotel cards” when delivering to the same spot repeatedly, and once the hotel has reached a certain number of orders, they’ll bring free pizza to the front desk.
Avoid Tip Confusion
If you’re staying at a hotel that doesn’t allow drivers up to the rooms, make sure to add the tip to your card during the ordering process. If the concierge or another staff ends up delivering the pizza, a cash tip won’t work.
Mind Your Manners
While it might seem obvious, there are many people who forget that time is money for delivery drivers. If you’re going to have to meet the driver in the lobby, be on time.
Making the driver wait is not only rude to the driver, but they most likely have other deliveries to make that will get cold and be delayed if the driver has to wait on you. Most delivery services offer tracking and even do a courtesy text when the driver is approaching.
Don’t Forget The Utensils
Although pizza requires the least number of utensils, some people do prefer to use a knife and fork. And it’s much easier to eat off of a plate. This doesn’t mean you can’t go straight from the box to your mouth with a slice though. No judgment here.
Most delivery services have an option to check if you need utensils, but that doesn’t always include plates. You might be able to get plates from your hotel if you ask. It’s also handy to have extra napkins on hand. You can usually find them in the hotel lobby or bar if you’re in a pinch.
Check For A Fridge
If you’re traveling alone or just with one other person, it’s more than likely that you’ll have leftovers. If your room doesn’t have a fridge, your leftover pizza might go to waste, and that’s just about the saddest thing ever.
If you don’t have a fridge, but the thought of letting that pizza go to waste crushes your soul just a little bit, you can always see if the front desk staff wants any. Leftover pizza brings a smile to anyone’s face.
Ordering pizza to a hotel can feel a bit awkward, especially if you are staying in a high end place that doesn’t want delivery drivers hanging around.
But most hotels will be helpful and make sure you get your pizza to your room. Hopefully now you have all the information you need to put your fears to rest and get ordering with ease. So what are you waiting for? Pick up that phone!