Planning a vacation for the whole family? Of course, you want everyone to enjoy, and one of the things that make that possible is staying in the right hotel! Thank God for the Internet, it’s now easier to explore your options, but how do you know which one is indeed the best for you, especially if you’ve never been to the place before? For sure, it’s not just about how room rates or ambiance.
If you need help choosing among several hotel options, here are tips to keep in mind:
Hotel Reviews and Ratings
Spend time with hotel search engines and take a look at guest ratings for different hotels in your destination. Not only can you avail of pre-negotiated rates when you book via these engines, but you can also read guest testimonials. Through other people’s comments, you can see a clearer picture of a certain hotel and decide if it fits your wants, needs and preferences.
When deciding on a hotel, amenities are some of the first things you should look into. International chains will often excel in this department, offering everything from health clubs to business centers and more. But you need to check if they also have other important services like shuttle, laundry, concierge and the rest.
One of the most critical issues you should consider when choosing a hotel is location. The closer a hotel is to the downtown area, the more expensive it usually is. The idea is to choose a place that is very convenient in terms of moving around. Also ask the hotel if they’re expecting big tour groups around the time you plan to check in. When occupancy rates are high, hotels usually charger higher rates too, and you won’t have the late check-out option. People sometimes take these things for granted, but keep in mind that this can affect your tour schedule, along with your perception of the hotel’s hospitality.
Rates and Deals
Rates are another important aspect to consider when selecting a hotel. Before you start asking around, take note that a more expensive place isn’t always better. In any case, choose the best hotel you can afford. And do take time to check out any available discounts, especially at hotels that have partnerships with airlines, vehicle rentals and even credit card providers, which often offer the best deals. And don’t for get to check if you could use your frequent flyer points to claim hotel discounts.
Lastly, don’t feel obliged to go with the first hotel that you’ve called or emailed. In fact, it’s best to contact several hotels and make comparisons before choosing. Besides, if you don’t compare, you won’t know which one is really the best for you.