Planning a vacation for the whole family? Of course, it should be an unforgettable experience, and part of that is staying in the right hotel. This can be easily done online nowadays, but how can you really tell that you’ve found what you’re looking for, especially this will be your first time in your destination? Surely, you need to consider more than room rates or views or ambiance.
If you want tips to that can help you decide on the perfect hotel for you and your brood, start with the following:
Ratings and Reviews
Go to hotel search engines and scan guest ratings for various hotels in your chosen destination. On top of pre-negotiated rates offered through such engines, you will also have access to guest reviews. Through other people’s comments, you can see a clearer picture of a certain hotel and decide if it fits your wants, needs and preferences.
When deciding on a hotel, amenities are some of the first things you should look into. International chains will often excel in this department, offering everything from health clubs to business centers and more. But you need to check if they also have other important services like shuttle, laundry, concierge and the rest.
Location is one of the most important considerations for you to make when deciding on a certain hotel. The closer a hotel is to the downtown area, the more expensive it usually is. The idea is to choose a place that is very convenient in terms of moving around. Also ask the hotel if they’re expecting big tour groups around the time you plan to check in. Higher occupancy rates usually mean higher room rates as well and no flexibility for late check-outs. A lot of people ignore this, but take note that this can have an impact on your tour schedule and even your views on the hotel’s hospitality.
Rates and Deals
Rates are another important aspect to consider when selecting a hotel. Before you proceed, take note that the more expensive place isn’t necessarily the better one. In any case, book at the best hotel that fits your budget. And do take time to check out any available discounts, especially at hotels that have partnerships with airlines, vehicle rentals and even credit card providers, which often offer the best deals. Also see if they can give you hotel discounts via your frequent flyer miles.
Comparing Different Hotels
Lastly, don’t feel obliged to go with the first hotel that you’ve called or emailed. In fact, your best bet is to contact at least three or four and compare them. Besides, if you don’t compare, you won’t know which one is really the best for you.