It’s said that the more the merrier, but one can’t exactly agree on that. The more options and choices I have, the more difficult it is for me to choose. When choosing a hotel, you want to make sure you don’t get surprised on arrival. It’s not about making the right choice. It’s about making a choice and making it right.
Here is a little help on 8 tips on choosing a hotel. At least the perfect one for you.
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Location, Location, Location
Find out where you want to go, what exactly you want to do and how far away is it from the nearest train-station or bus stop (Or beach). If you are looking for some peace and quiet, stay away from busy cities. I always prefer by the lake, sea, or park.
Don’t go by ranking on travel sites
What works for others does not necessarily work for you. Travel sites like trip advisor, booking.com etc are not a 100% true/valid or up to your standards. Each to it’s liking. Keep it as a note, but do not follow it as a guide. Remember, everyone has different taste and expectations.
If you travel a lot… actually, if you travel in general, you SHOULD enroll yourself in each hotel’s loyalty program. They offer great discounts, points, early check in and also upgrades. Consider choosing your hotel based on your loyalty card too! Makes the money worth your stay when you add the points up! A plus point for choosing a hotel!
Keep the bedbugs out
I’m not even going to go there. But here is a site worth checking. http://www.bedbugregistry.com/search/
Check in – Check out
There is nothing worse than arriving at 7am from a red eye trip and not being able to check into the room till 2pm, especially if you are traveling with kids. If you are a superhero and can stay up, then taking a walk around town shouldn’t be a problem till check in. But then, I guarantee you will crash and burn. Choose wisely!
Stick to your budget
Well create your budget first, then stick to it. Nothing worse that going overboard with hotel stay and leaving very little for pocket-money. Always check the exchange rate too.
Research, research and research again
Yes, there are LOTS of options out there, but if you do follow the steps, you will be able to narrow it down. Always research online, ask friends and most of all research your favorite spots and calculate how far away is it from your hotel. If you are anything like me, I tend to stay out for about 12 hours a day before going back to the room and getting knocked out!
Make friends with the front desk
I’m not sure why this was not the first on my list but it is OH-SO-IMPORTANT! (I had to use caps) It’s simple, you could never buy an item at a store when the sales person isn’t… nice. Same with hotels. Check how helpful they are over the phone, make friends on first name basis and have them know you are thinking of staying. Some of the best hotels I have stayed in was all thanks to the people working there! A huge tip on choosing a hotel.
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