Booking a hotel can be a stressful and time consuming task. The alternation between pages and pages of different websites and visiting travel agents can stir up what was initially an excitement in avoiding anxiety when choosing the right hotel! To make this task a little easier, here are a few things you might want to consider when booking a hotel.
1. Use of comparison sites. Comparison sites enable you to compare a large number of hotels, look at reviews and even customer reviews. For example, searching for Berlin hotels will yield many results. This would help you save time and give you an insight into what is available and at what price.
2. Location. The site looks like something clear to look for when booking a hotel, but it can be easily overlooked. Say, for example, that you search online for a hotel in Brighton. Just because this hotel appears in the search results does not necessarily mean that it will be near where you want to go. In fact, you could end up miles away! This may then lead to more travel expenses. Take a look at the hotels website and find the address on Google Maps. Central hotels to cities or cities tend to be more expensive and therefore may need to search for the city, but if the place you are visiting is rather small, this may not necessarily be a problem. For example, Brighton.
3. Comments. Reviews are a good way to know if a hotel is worth staying in or not. The hotel may have reviews on its site, but does it always show bad reviews? Search elsewhere on the web. Are there any Facebook pages about the hotel? For example, "Never stay in …" or "We Love …" also take a look at other social media sites or forums. This is likely to offer a plethora of reviews that may help you choose a hotel. Remember to check dates for reviews. Old reviews may not necessarily be relevant.
4. Where is your room located? This may sound strange, but it may be important to know the location of your room in relation to other parts of the hotel. Planning a vacation away with your drunk classmates? You may want to consider whether your room is by the pool. Waking up with terrible waste can be at the best of times, at least when there are hundreds of people screaming and screaming, jumping and getting out of the pool all day long! Likewise, if you are planning a quiet and relaxing break, you might want to think about where you are regarding the bar!
5. What facilities are in the hotel? If you are staying in a hotel out of necessity, for example a business trip, then you might want to check out simple things like do the rooms have a T.V? If not, you may find yourself on a single evening! Likewise if you take children with you, do the hotels have adequate facilities? And perhaps most importantly, the children will occupy?
6. Be aware of hidden costs. Ask exactly what you are paying for what is included in the price. Alluring miniature alcohol bottles are unlikely to be empty!
We hope these tips will help you make a more informed decision when choosing the perfect hotel for your vacation. Remember, a good hotel can equate to a great vacation.