How to Select Guest Friendly Hotels

One of the most important decisions that one has to make as they go for a holiday is where they want to stay after each exploration. Finding a friendly hotel to stay in while on holiday is therefore necessary.

As you hunt for hotels online, it is advisable that you take your time and that you do not select the first option that you come across. There are some factors that you should consider so as to ensure that you settle for the best hotel:

  • Reviews: visit the site to check the experiences and ratings that other people have left behind. This is one of the best ways in which you can find out what kind of hotel you are looking into.
  • Take a look at the website: by looking at the website, you will have an idea of the hotel in very many ways. Usually, there should be pictures and it’s up to you to decide whether the facilities are up to your standards.
  • Location: the hotel should not be situated in such a way that makes it hard to connect to other areas like the city. This takes care of the commuting issue that may arise, especially if located in areas that don’t have any public transportation.
  • Compare: it is important to compare hotels in the area of interest. This ensures that you get the best facilities for accommodation at the same rate. Take your time choosing a hotel.
  • Offers: before booking a room, take time to check for discounts on offer. Some hotels offer last minute or early bird discounts.

Some of the best characteristics of a good and the guest friendly hotel include:

  1. Cleanliness: a good hotel should be clean and tidy. This should be a place where you can easily relax and enjoy a good sleep before anything else. A hotel need not be a five star to be clean and tidy.
  2. Wi-Fi: in this day and age, a reliable internet connection is very important. You should be able to stay in touch with the world, regardless of where you are. The Wi-Fi connection needs to be available and accessible regardless of where you are within a hotel.
  3. The bathroom space: a good hotel should have adequate bathroom space. This will allow guests to feel at home and relaxed. It should be spacious enough to set up a few things that you need to use often.

It is important to take time as you select a hotel. It is always a good idea to make a booking well ahead of time. One of the things that can help you determine how good a hotel is by making make a call. Usually, the staff on the other side can help you make a determination. When they are warm and friendly and ready to answer any questions that you have, it could be an indication of what to expect when you finally do get to the hotel.

It is also important to ask about the policies of the hotel. Do they allow pets? Do they allow kids? You need to assess your own special needs and the people or things you want to travel with so as to know whether they are allowed where you are going or not.

Las Vegas Hotels With the Best Family Oriented Pools

Every year my boys can’t wait for our annual family Vegas vacation. This year it will be our 7th year. Lots of people disagree that Vegas is a good place for families with children, but we love it. My husband and I are not gamblers or drinkers and we truly enjoy spending our free time with our two boys.

Las Vegas has so much to offer beside the gambling and the nightlife. Every year there is more stuff to see and experience.

We usually visit Las Vegas every September right after Labor Day weekend. The weather is great and we can’t wait to lounge by the pool sipping cold drinks. We always pick a hotel with the best pool that is family friendly and we won’t get dirty looks by bringing our boys down. The top 3 picks of our family are The MGM Grand, The Monte Carlo and The Mirage.

#1 The MGM Grand
The MGM Grand has an amazing pool complex. In my opinion one of the best in Vegas. You feel like you entered an exotic paradise with lots of lush greenery, beautiful flowers, fountains and little island connected with bridges. This massive over 6 acre paradise offers 5 swimming pools, 3 whirlpools and lazy river. The lazy river was a hit with my family. It floats under bridges, through waterfalls and ends in a little Lagoon with waterfall which is perfect wading pool for babies and little ones.

I must admit this paradise has a few drawbacks. One of the drawbacks is that you need to rent a tube or a raft to truly experience the lazy river . I believe the rental is $15 per tube per day. The MGM Grand is known to run special promotions where you can get the rental cheaper, free or 2 for 1. Before you book your room you should check out websites with coupons for MGM (just go to Google and type coupons MGM Las Vegas in to the search – early vegas is a good one). The second drawback is that the pool complex is located quite far from the guest elevators. You need to walk through the promenade with stores and restaurants to get to the pool, but the walk is well worth it.

#2 The Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo pool is much smaller in comparison to the pool complex at The Grand , but we enjoyed it regardless. They are kids friendly and that’s all that matters.

The Monte Carlo offers 3 swimming pools, whirlpool and kids pool. If you are visiting Las Vegas with little kids you will love the enclosed kiddie pool with kids size beach chairs. The wave pool with 3ft waves was designed to simulate the ocean and is a blast for the whole family. If you want to have a swim then try the Lagoon pool. It is a nice and relaxing square pool with a waterfall. My favorite was the relaxing 400 feet of Easy River Ride. There is a tube rental as well, but you can purchase a tube inside their beach shop for around $12.00 and the rental shop will even blow it up for you. This is a real money saver for larger families or longer stay like us. After you done with it , why not pass the tube onto a new family.

#3 The Mirage
The pool at the Mirage is a series of pools connected by bridges and lagoons with cascading waterfalls in tropical setting. They used to have a waterslide , but to a big disappointment of my children they closed it down. They offer raft rental to float around, but we never needed one. You can ask for complimentary life jackets for children. The pool is located close to the guest elevators just down a little promenade with few stores, coffee bistro and ice cream shop. If you will decide to order a drink take my advice and order small size. If you don’t specify they will bring you a huge drink with even bigger price tag.

Just a tip: Most of the pools in Vegas say that you are not allowed to save lounge chairs at the pool, but everybody does it. If you don’t you won’t get a good spot because hundreds of people before you ignored the rule. Live and Learn.

Enjoy Las Vegas with Kids.

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Hilton Hotels and Resorts – Franchise Review

Hilton, a famous name which is known for the finest hospitality in the world, offers a wide range of accommodation services and resorts to travelers. Hilton is the only hotel, which holds several numbers of brands such as Hilton® Hotels and Resorts, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Hampton Inn®, Home2 Suites by Hilton™, Doubletree®, Waldorf Hotels & Resorts® and Conrad® Hotels and Resorts, etcetera in its kitty.

All these brands are supported by the Hilton’s integrated worldwide customer deliver systems. Hilton was opened in the year 1919 and started franchising activities from the year 1967. As per 2010 data, the Hilton Hotels and Resorts has got 194 United States franchises and 44 Non United States franchises.

As early as 1943, it became the first coast-to-coast hotel in the United States. Hilton hotels are located in Beverly Hills and are considered to be the most luxurious hotels especially for lodging. They have been serving customers in all parts of America for nearly 80 years now and all the travelling packages offered by holiday managers and travel agents include Hilton as travelers’ favorite hotel.

There is an array of world-class services available here. Franchise will be on a long term basis. The kind of presence that the Hilton Hotels and Resorts have across the world is amazing. 2,700 hotels in the five continents attest to its worldwide standards and international success.

Hilton Honors, the guest loyalty program is unique for its combination of rewarding customers for both their air-travel and stay.

The major news is that Hilton has been appearing consistently in the AllStar List for the past three years. One can see Hilton in 110th place in the AllStar 2009 list and the 115th place in 2010 list. With the augmented rankings, increased web visibility and uniformity of franchises, the financial strength of the company has been increasing year after year.

In 2010, Hilton rebranded its name to Hilton Hotels & Resorts by designing a new logo and launching a branded spa called Eforea.

Who can become a franchise owner for Hilton Hotels and Resorts? The answer would be those who are well versed in hospitality, marketing and of course who is an industrialist. Marketing experience in travelling or hospitality domain is mandatory. With all these above qualifications, required budget and right location, it is easy to get Hilton approval for operating a franchise.

The minimum financial requirements to get a franchise of Hilton® Hotels and Resorts are holding net-worth ranging from $53,300,000-$90,100,000. One also needs to pay $85,000 towards the franchise fees, the total estimated investment would go even higher. The term of agreement for franchise will expire after 10 years from the signing date. The franchise owner needs to pay 5 percent of net sales towards royalty fees.

The franchise owner needs to show the same net-worth as per initial agreement while renewing the contract after 10 years.

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