You are planning a holiday abroad for your family, and want everyone to have a good time. You surf internet for hotel descriptions, but from 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 same time, you donít want a hotel room that will bust your budget. How do you choose?
Check Independent Hotel Ratings Well, first step you can take is to visit hotel search engines for guest ratings for hotels represented by 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 hotels located in your destination. Be sure to read a few comments in order to get a fair overview. Certain incidences described may only be rare occurrences that may already have been corrected.
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 hotelís high standards. Other things you can look out for include concierge, shuttle services to city, airport transfers as well as good laundry services.
Location Perhaps one of most critical things when selecting a hotel is its location. Hotels that are near to shopping areas, train stations or city center charge higher rates as compared to those located elsewhere. Analyze a map of area before you book to determine nearest shopping areas or access to trains which will give you much convenience in moving around. Also, check with hotel if they have any large tour groups coming in at same time. Hotels charge higher rates during high occupancy periods and do not have flexibility of late check-outs. These are important aspects which, if overlooked, may affect your tour schedule as well as your impression of hotelís level of hospitality.