Choosing a hotel with on-site electric car chargers can greatly simplify your road trips and exploration. This way, you can charge overnight, and start your day with full charge. And not worry about driving around to find charging stations.
So how do you find a hotel with EV chargers? Here are some guides.
Be sure to checkout tips at the bottom of this guide.
PlugShare allows looking for hotels very easy.
- Search for your location
- Click on the filters, and select Lodging
Pretty easy to use website that lists hotels with charging.
You can even filter by charging type, which is pretty good!
Very easy to find hotels.
- Search for your hotel
- On the left hand side, expand Amenities and select EV Charging Station
This classic review site has an option to filter by EV charging. Here is how you use it.
- Search for hotels at your destination
- Expand ‘Amenities’ filter on the left hand side
- And choose ‘EV charging’ option, click Apply.
Expedia’s main search doesn’t allow to filter by EV charging.
Use this special link instead.
Unfortunately there isn’t seem to be an (obvious) way to search / filter listing by EV Charging amenity.
I recommend, opening a support ticket so they know there is demand for this.
Ok, so you have narrowed down a few hotels. Before you book, I would recommend doing some research. Here are some tips
Tip-1: Call the hotel
Before you book a hotel, please call them ahead and verify the following.
- Confirm that the chargers are working. I have heard stories of how the chargers appear to be working online, and when you get there, the charger is NOT functional. Avoid the aggravation and call head.
- Do you need reserve charger time: Popular hotels may be oversubscribed charging capacity. At some hotels, you may need to reserve charging slots! If charging reservations are required, be sure to make them.
- Is there an extra fee for charging: At most places charging is included in hotel rate, but some hotels may tack on an extra charge for EV charging. Personally, if the fee is reasonable ($5 – $10 / day) then I would use the hotel chargers. At very few hotels, I have seen obscene charging rates, like $30 / day for charging. In that case, I would rather find a fast charger in town to use and ‘fill up’ there.
- Does the valet need car keys to use charging: At some hotels, there are more cars need charging than there are chargers. So one way they manage this is, valets will move cars to chargers. So your car may have access to charger for 4-6 hours at night. And then a valet may move your car out, bring in another car, and plug it in. So they would need keys.
Tip-2: Read reviews of chargers at PlugShare
Skim through the reviews. If there are lot of negative reviews (like “charger down” or “charger not working”) that is a red flag.
That’s It! Enjoy your trip!
Have fun. And leave your tips in the comments section below!