Choosing a hotel to stay in is one of the most important decisions to make when planning a trip. This can be difficult, especially when embarking on a journey to an unfamiliar destination. A perfect choice can help make the trip a more exciting experience while a poor choice could ruin the trip altogether. Below we will discuss five major factors to consider before booking a hotel.
Choosing a hotel that suits your travel budget is a key factor to consider. This would help you save some cost if well thought out. Hotel prices are affected by location, hotel type (luxury or budget hotel) and also by the facilities. With the right research you can get a good bargain in a top hotel (especially when they offer discounts).
So many questions would come to mind when considering the hotel’s location. Is it close to the venue of your primary reason for travelling? Is it in a secure location? What is transportation in the area like? What are the tourist attractions around the area? Are there any medical centres around? All these questions and more need to be properly answered to make sure you are close to everything you would need throughout your stay.
This is one very important factor to consider because it helps you understand what facilities are available at the hotel compared what the ones you need. Therefore helps you avoid unpleasant surprises. For instance, it would be discouraging to find out that the hotel does not have Wi-Fi and internet connection, especially for those on a business trip. How about finding out that you might need to share the bathroom or some other conveniences.
Getting true value for money spent can only be done by comparing prices of the different hotels simultaneously. You can ask for discounts and other lucrative offers ad save some money. Apart from considering the price of the hotel, you can also research about value added services like laundry/dry cleaning, internet access, extended room services, etc.
Reading through the experiences of others who have stayed at any of the hotels you are considering would help to authenticate the quality and standard of the hotel. Though you can’t solely rely on this factor, most times these reviews are honest and vital resources needed when deciding between hotels. These reviews help you answer questions like are the hotel rooms clean, are the air conditioners working, how friendly is the customer service and whether the food at the restaurant is any good.
If you put these five factors into consideration before booking a hotel for your next trip, am sure you would not be disappointed with your choice.
Booking a hotel can be a stressful and time consuming task. Scrawling across pages and pages of various internet sites and visiting travel agents can turn what initially was excitement at the prospect of going away into anxiousness at choosing the right hotel! To make this task slightly easier, here are some things that you may want to consider when booking a hotel.
1. Use comparison sites. Comparison sites enable you to compare a large amount of hotels, look at ratings and even reviews from customers. For example searching Berlin Hotels would come up with lots of results. This should help you save time and give you an insight into what is available and for what price.
2. Location. Location seems like an obvious thing to look for when booking a hotel but something that can easily be overlooked. Say for example you search online for a hotel in Brighton. Just because that hotel comes up on the search results doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to be near to where you want to go. You may in fact end up being miles away! This might then lead to more travel expenses. Have a look on the hotels website and search for the address on Google maps. Hotels central to towns or city’s tend to be more expensive and so you may need to look out of town, but if the place you are visiting is fairly small this may not necessarily be a problem. For example, Brighton.
3. Reviews. Reviews are a good way of seeing whether or not a hotel is worth staying in. The hotel may have reviews on its site but is it always going to show bad reviews? Look elsewhere on the web. Are there any Facebook pages about the hotel? E.g. ‘Don’t ever stay at…’ or ‘We love…’also have a look at other social media sites or forums. These are likely to show a wide range of opinions that could help you choose a hotel. Remember to check dates of reviews. Reviews that are out-dated might not necessarily still be relevant.
4. Where is your room located? This may sound strange but finding out where your room is in relation to other parts of the hotel can be important. Planning a holiday away with your mates getting drunk? You might want to consider if your room is next to the pool. Waking up with a hangover can be horrible at the best of times, least of all when you have hundreds of people screaming and shouting, jumping in and out of the pool all day! Similarly if you are planning a quiet and relaxing holiday then you may want to consider where you are in relation to the bar!
5. What facilities does the hotel have? If you are staying in a hotel out of necessity e.g. a business trip, then you may want to check simple things like do the rooms include a T.V? If not then you may find you are in for a lonely evening! Similarly if you are taking children with you, does the hotel have suitable facilities? And perhaps more importantly are the children going to be occupied?
6. Be aware of hidden costs. Ask exactly what you are paying for and what is included in the price. Those tempting miniature bottles of alcohol are most likely not free!
Hopefully these tips will help you to make a more informed choice when choosing the perfect hotel for your holiday. Remember, a good hotel can equal a great holiday.