9 Tips to choose a Hotel for your next Trip

  1. Price
  2. Location
  3. Parking
  4. Amenities
  5. Reviews
  6. Wi-Fi
  7. Cancellation Policies
  8. Room size
  9. Does it suit your specific need?

Choosing a place to lay your head after a long day of adventure and excitement while on vacation or traveling is an immensely important task. Depending on individual priorities, the choices can be varied. To make your task even more herculean, you have the Internet, with million options on it.

Some are perfectly happy with a chain hotel offering a bed, a TV, a shower, and a continental breakfast. Others may look for something extravagant like luxurious spas and pampering. Yet others would expect something completely different.

Here are some important points you might wanna consider before booking a hotel in order to save yourself from disappointment and make your experience the best and a memorable one.

Hotel features vs Price for your stay?

Price is the number one factor for many budget-conscious travelers. Of course, the accommodation is priced on the basis of the amenities it provides. The more the price, the better it is, usually. Chances are that the budget hostel dorm “in the heart of Old Town” isn’t exactly clean or spacious. Or the hotel on the outskirts of the city might be cheaper with better conditions, but you’ll be paying for public transportation to the attractions every time. Weighing up your priorities and going for the one place that you think will be better for you in most possible ways can be a wise solution to this dilemma.

Research the neighborhood based on the Location of the Hotel

This definitely is a major one of your concerns, no doubt. Is it close enough to the tourist attraction you have come to visit? Or is it a conference you are here to attend? Is the hotel near a place of transportation, like an airport or a railway station? Make sure you know your hotel has the desired location so you don’t arrive and realize it’s near a shopping mall yet you are here for a jungle safari.

Does the Hotel have a Parking space?

If you have a car or are renting one you should check if the hotel has parking or if there is parking nearby, and how much it costs.

What are the Amenities provided by the Hotel?

Gym? Restaurant? Minibar? Regular bar? Spa? What do you need and what does the hotel have? Maybe you’re thinking “Duh!, of course!” and rolling your eyes, but how many of us have arrived at a hotel in the past only to there’s no wifi or complimentary breakfast? Is there an elevator or just stairs? Is the bathroom en suite or shared? Thorough research might save you from unpleasant surprises.

Always check for the online Reviews of the Hotel

Read reviews online but take them with a grain of salt. You might be bothered by the loud music of the in-house bar, yet that place has a gleaming review from youngsters who like partying. So, a few things nobody is going to warn you about, but if all the reviews are negative you probably should stay somewhere else.

Don’t forget to check for free, unlimited Wi-Fi

This is something quite important in order to keep in touch and further travel planning. Some hotels still charge for Wi-Fi and others don’t offer it at all, particularly smaller, boutique hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. Don’t assume they offer it and if you need it to make sure you can get it.

How is the Cancellation policy?

You can never be certain of the future. Just in case you had to drop the plan, make sure of the cancellation and refund policies suit your expectations. You might end up losing the advance booking fee if you take such trivial yet very important things for granted.

Room size and ambiance

Advertising might be an issue sometimes. A tiny room can be a real inconvenience and they’re not always upfront on their websites. Where you stay on your vacation can greatly affect how much you enjoy your time. You would have liked to avoid that by making direct queries at the hotel beforehand. Reviews might not always have all the pieces of information.

Does it suit your specific needs?

You are a unique individual, just like everyone else. This means you have your own needs that are specific to you. Do you wish the hotel to be couple-friendly? Looking for cooking facilities ( can be a cash savior)? In-house restaurants can come handy for odd-time snacks. Or would you like to have a common area if you’re just looking to kick back and relax? Make sure of your specific needs before sealing the deal.

There are enough places out there that everyone should be able to find something that suits their specific needs. Just make sure to check before you leave, so you’re not disappointed.


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