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Once in a while, you're going to be traveling and you'll get stuck in a situation where you're with baby and you need to get accommodations at the last minute. There's no need to panic. Instead, some carefully placed contacts and access to the Internet should save the family from an overnight stay in the rental car.
Have a list of hotels in the local area you'd like to stay at. Rather than calling the toll free number, you should dial the hotel directly to inquire about accommodations. Why? Because management at the hotel could make a decision that could snag you a last minute room, but the customer service agent at the toll free number can't. If you make a few calls to various places and you're still out of luck, see if you can get online and book through a travel site. Places like Travelocity.com and Expedia.com get a share of the reservations available at a hotel, so you might just find an opening there.