by Erica Johnson
You are planning a holiday abroad for your family, and want
everyone to have a good time. You surf the internet for hotel
descriptions, but from the pictures that you see and what
you read, all hotels project a perfect image of themselves.
How can you tell which ones are better? You have never been
there and know no one at your destination. At the same time,
you dont want a hotel room that will bust your budget.
How do you choose?
Check Independent Hotel Ratings
Well, the first step you can take is to visit hotel search
engines for guest ratings for hotels represented by the search
engines. In addition to pre-negotiated rates with individual
hotels, most agents ask for ratings and comments from previous
guests. Reading their comments will give you a fair idea on
what to expect from the hotels located in your destination.
Be sure to read a few comments in order to get a fair overview.
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Hotel Chains and Facilities
Are they part of an international hotel chain? Most international
chains have stringent standards that are adhered to as well
as a standard theme across all chains. They may have similar
facilities (health clubs, spas, business centers, etc) which
are important to maintain the hotels high standards.
Other things you can look out for include concierge, shuttle
services to the city, airport transfers as well as good laundry
Perhaps one of the most critical things when selecting a hotel
is its location. Hotels that are near to shopping areas, train
stations or the city center charge higher rates as compared
to those located elsewhere. Analyze a map of the area before
you book to determine the nearest shopping areas or access
to trains which will give you much convenience in moving around.
Also, check with the hotel if they have any large tour groups
coming in at the same time. Hotels charge higher rates during
high occupancy periods and do not have the flexibility of
late check-outs. These are important aspects which, if overlooked,
may affect your tour schedule as well as your impression of
the hotels level of hospitality.
Rates and Discounts
Hotel rates are a huge factor when it comes to choosing a
hotel. However, paying more does not necessarily mean that
you will receive an equivalent level of service and standards.
One of the ways to maximize on prices would be check if they
are part of an alliance with flights or car rental companies,
which offer discounts to customers of their allies. Sometimes,
credit card companies offer their cardholders exclusive rates
to special hotels which can be pretty attractive. Additionally,
if its possible to use your frequent flyer points to
redeem hotel discounts, this could help reduce hotel costs
Finally, apart from chain hotels, boutique hotels may are
great alternatives for romantic getaways for couples or families
seeking hotels of a more distinctive theme. Many boutique
hotels have fewer rooms but offer more value added services
such as spas within the bedroom, breakfasts in bed or even
in-room massages. In the end, your choice of hotel really
depends on what you want out of your holiday.
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About the Author
Both Erica Johnson & her husband David love to travel,
ski and meet people from different cultures. They have traveled
all continents to experience hospitality, adventure, sports,
exotic foods, learn new languages and understand history.