After getting confirmation of our 2022 tour, I booked a one night stay at the first hotel prior to the start of the tour and a one night stay at the last hotel at the end of the tour. We've been on two prior RS tours but never extended our first or last hotel stays, mainly because I waited too long to try to do that and there were no available rooms.
I made my booking inquiries by email and mentioned to both hotels that we will be on a Rick Steves tour that is staying at the hotel. The confirmation from the last hotel says that we are confirmed for the same room used for our tour stay. How does this work for a pre-tour stay? Will we have to check out, store our bags, and then wait to see what new room the hotel or tour leader assigns to us? If we mention to the hotel when we check in that we'd like to keep our same room for the tour, do they accommodate that? I'd think the hotel would like that, so they don't have to clean the room and prepare it for new guests, but are the tour leaders okay with it? The hotel has 34 rooms in four room categories with only a 30€ difference between the least and most expensive rooms. We passed on the most expensive category but took the next one down.