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Hotels today come in a huge range. Some budget hotels may simply offer a bed and basic facilities, where other more luxury options will offer a stylish room with plenty of added extras as well as facilities like a gym and a spa. What you are looking for, in many ways depends on the nature of your stay. If you are on a city break and only intend to sleep in your room, you may be happy to do without lots of extras. Whereas if you are traveling for business, you may need some quiet space to work as well as other facilities. But, whatever you are doing while you are away, there are a few things that you should look for in your hotel. Let’s take a look at them.
There are hotels everywhere. All major cities are full of them. Say, if you are staying in Sydney, hotel direct booking could be perfect, but if you are staying elsewhere, the location should be one of your most important considerations. Have a look online and think about what you want to do on your break. Do you need to be in a particular location for meetings? Or is there anything you’d like to see? If you are hiring a car, it can be a good idea to stay a little further out.
Your budget plays a huge role in deciding on a hotel. How much you are willing to spend will depend on the nature of your trip and how important the hotel is to your plans. Think about what you can afford and what you want to spend. Make sure you set yourself a realistic budget before beginning your search. Remember to look at late deals and special offers to get a great room for less, instead of settling for a budget option you’re not entirely happy with.
So many people book and leave reviews online nowadays, it’s not hard to find honest feedback. Take a look at the most recent reviews of the hotels you are considering online. Remember, though, that reviews don’t tell the full story. One bad review may just reflect a bad day. Take a look at various reviews, good and bad, before jumping to a conclusion.
The facilities on offer can be what leads you to your final decision. What you are looking for will depend on the nature of your trip. If you are on a family vacation, you’ll want a child-friendly pool, family restaurants and maybe some entertainment. If you are away on business, you’ll need Wi-Fi and perhaps a gym. Think about what you need and filter your search results to match.
If you are going to stay somewhere for more than two nights, the atmosphere is important. Judging from photos and reviews may not be a tell-all but you can get an idea. If you are looking for a place with excellent facilities, you probably won’t enjoy the atmosphere of a budget backpacker’s hostel. Look at the reviews, see who else is booking, and try to get a feel for the type of place it is.
There are a lot of hotels out there, all offering different things. So, take your time to look around before making a booking.
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Sheila, a.k.a. The Solo Tripper. Former news desk editor, full-time traveler, freelance writer.