Traveling with family, friends or alone – most of us will opt for a hotel to spend your nights safe and sound. They are usually more expensive than motels, hostels, private housing or tents, but they do have a lot of benefits. So, how to decide? Just try and google the name of the destination and add hotels in your search, and you will get hundreds, if not thousands of answers in front of you. Deciding on the best option, the cheapest stay, the best food and service at this point can be very hard and even frustrating. So, why ruin your experience?
Before engaging in exhausting quest of examining all the hotels, ask yourself a few simple questions. What are your priorities? Do you want an expensive, luxurious hotel with spa and fitness center or do you just need a room to sleep in. Do you want to have food served in the hotel, or will your schedule keep you out most of the time? Simple questions like this can take hours from your search time and help you find a better match.
There are awesome hotel searching engines out there, and most of the good ones can narrow your search with money as a parameter. Cutting the ones that are too pricey or too cheap will help you get precise answers in less time. And let me give you a little tip: when booking a hotel, don’t do it over the search engine you used to find it, go to the actual web site of the hotel. This way, you will save on additional fees charged by the mentioned engines.
A thing that most travelers are familiar with is the matter of location. When choosing your hotel, keep it’s position in mind. For example, the hotel on the very sea shore may be two to three times more expensive than the one located a few blocks inland. Think about that when choosing, and if you don’t mind a little walk or if you plan on renting a car anyway – you can save some money here.
Going for big names in the industry is not a bad thing, they are usually well established and trustworthy. However, going for small, local hotels and inns has some of it’s own perks. They are usually cheaper and have more of the local spirit, as they are not the franchise with the same uniform style seen in every country, on every continent. Downsides are that they can be of a poorer quality and finding them is not as easy as with big names, but at least there are options.
Traveling with children can prove to be difficult, to say at least. And staying in a hotel that is children friendly can be a blessing. Sometimes it is a special program they have for kids, sometimes it’s discounts you get for the little ones, and sometimes it’s nothing. So choose wisely, as this may be the deciding factor of your holiday.