The very best way to get the very best hotel room starts as soon as you check in.
With a big smile and firm politeness, always ask the front desk clerk for something specific, like a room away from the elevators, or away from the glare of morning sun, or on a low or high floor.
By asking the clerk to get involved in the room choice, you’ll get a better one…not one that was chosen by the hotel reservations system.
And as always, if you get to your room and it’s a dog, turn around and go back to ask for another one and you’ll likely score. But sometimes, especially when arriving late, you’ll have to take the dog room. But only take it for one night. Ask to move the next day.