|How to find a Cheap Hotel for Business
by S Wander
Copyright 2010 S Wander
It's not always easy to find a cheap hotel that you know you
would be comfortable staying in. Often, the prices charged
in large cities like London, Paris, New York, etc. don't really
seem to equate with the word 'cheap'.
That said, it is possible to find a cheap hotel. You just
need to know where to look!
There are a number of budget hotel chains who offer a good
standard of accommodation at an affordable price. These vary
by country - you'll probably know the ones in your own country
but if you are travelling abroad, you may need to do some
The advantage of using a hotel room provided by one of these
chains is that it will be fairly cheap and that you can rest
assured that all the standards you expect from a budget hotel
room will be catered for.
The disadvantage can be that sometimes the location is a bit
'out of the way'. Some cheap hotel chains have branches at
out of town locations. You may also miss out on the personal
service you would expect from a smaller, owner-run establishment.
The next alternative is to look for an individual hotel. Smaller
hotels are often run by their owner and this can be a good
way to dig out a cheap hotel.
Because the owner is most likely running and looking after
the hotel, this means that cheap hotels in the UK can sometimes
be like hidden gems. The care and attention you'll get from
a cheaper place can often be much better than you'd get in,
say, a mid-range hotel chain. After all, it's the owner's
livelihood that depends on it, so they're more likely to make
sure everything is just right for you.
Naturally you will want a clean, comfortable room. Since you
are on business, you should also look for other things such
as an internet connection. More hotels nowadays are offering
this facility but you should check what is available and how
much it will cost. It's no fun arriving at a hotel only to
find that the only broadband hotspot is already packed with
other business travellers. Whilst it is possible to use the
latest mobile phones to get an internet connection, they charge
by the Mb and this can start to get expensive very quickly.
At the end of the day, it's probably your business department's
choice what budget you have for overnight travel costs. Of
course, if you're on a tight budget like an increasing number
of cost conscious business travellers nowadays, you may not
have too much of a choice of where to stay. But with very
few exceptions there are almost always acceptable places to
stay when you are travelling on business.
About the Author
Smooth Hound http://www.s-h-systems.co.uk offers affordable
hotel and guest house accommodation throughout the world.