Some people book hotels purely on the price, but this can be a big mistake. The wrong hotel in the wrong location can ruin your holiday, so it really is worth doing a little extra research.
Here are 4 crucial things to remember to help you pick out your perfect home from home:
Take a look on Google Maps or on the hotel’s own map to check out how far the accommodation is from key amenities. Is it near the train station or the airport? How far is it from the city centre and other attractions? If it’s quite a distance from something you need to get to, the next step is to investigate local transport links or taxi prices.
Do you want breakfast included in the price, or how about access to the on-site spa? This is how you determine whether a hotel is good value compared to all of the other options out there.
Before you even start looking for a hotel, you should think about your list of priorities. Is Wi-Fi important to you, or how about a swimming pool? You might need access to an ATM or laundry facilities, or even a 24-hour reception service.
What do you want in a hotel room? Perhaps more importantly, what can’t you do without? Look at things like in-room Wi-Fi, whether your bathroom has a bath or shower and whether the room has a double or two twin beds. Mini bars, safes and hot drinks equipment are other things to consider. Always check you have access to a private bathroom if you need one, as it’s not 100% guaranteed that your chosen hotel and room will have this.
Ultimately, the key to choosing the right hotel is to focus on what matters most to you. Ignore everything else and don’t just be guided by price alone – unless cost is at the very top of your priorities list, of course.