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Tips To Help You Choose The Right Hotel
In my last blog post I gave you some tips to get a good night’s sleep in a hotel, but it occurred to me that the first step to getting a good night’s sleep in a hotel begins with choosing the right hotel!
Have you ever checked into a hotel, exhausted, ready for a quick shower and then a good night’s sleep, only to find:
- ants swarming in the bathroom
- spots on the sheets
- a noisy air conditioner or heater
- a dirty toilet
- the smell of cigarettes in a non-smoking room
- food crumbs on the floor
I’ll bet you can name several other delightful discoveries yourself. The reality of the situation is that if you find any of these things in your room, there are more than likely to be others that you may not have noticed. Yuk!
Choosing a hotel can be risky, especially if you’ve never stayed there before and you know nothing about the property. So what can you do to give yourself better odds for booking the right hotel?
Checklist for choosing the right hotel…
To begin with, the type of trip you are taking plays a big part in the type of hotel you choose. If you are on a business trip, the amenities probably won’t be as important to you as if you were on vacation.
- Check the stars! I’m not talking about astrology…check the ratings and reviews by others who have been guests at the hotels you are considering, and see what they have to say about their stay there. You will be surprised at the helpful information that reviews can contain. Also, when checking the reviews, check the most recently posted; things can change from good to bad or bad to good in a couple of years time, and you’ll want the most up-to-date information. Every hotel will have at least one poor review – no one is perfect – but if the majority are positive you’ll have a pretty good picture of what kind of service and experience you will have. While you’re at it, check out the hotel’s website.
- Check the location. You’ll want your location to be in fairly close proximity of where you will be going. A good location can make it easier to get from point A to point B, it will shorten the time spent in the car or other transportation and give you more time to do the things you went to do. Also check for accessibility to things that are important to your trip, such as the beach, restaurants, or transportation.
- Check the facilities and amenities that are offered by the hotel…
- If you’re staying for a few days, are there laundry facilities?
- Especially if you’re traveling with your children, is there a swimming pool or a work out room? If there’s a pool, is it inside or out?
- Is there room service, restaurants nearby, breakfast in the lobby, or a place you can buy snacks or forgotten toiletries?
- Is there Wi-Fi available?
- Are there in-room refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, or safes.
- Is there a cost for the breakfast in the lobby, safe or Wi-Fi?
- Check the room before you commit. Pull back the covers and check to see if the mattress is clean. Also, if the blanket is inside a cover, take it out and check to see if it is clean.
- At one place I stayed, I went to my assigned room only to find a man sitting at the desk. As I backed out totally confused I was thankful he was dressed!!
- If there is a kitchen or even a microwave and coffee maker, check how clean they are.
- Check to see if it’s a pet friendly hotel. It’s important to know this if you like to travel with Fido, or if you prefer a pet free environment. Does your pet stay free?
- Check for when check-in and check-out is. Do they allow for late check-in or check-out?
How safe is the location? Does management lock the gates at sundown every night? Is it safe to go out at night? Location is so important, especially if you arrive late.
- Probably one of the best ways to choose your hotel is to consult and reserve through a Travel Agent. They know about these things, have insights into hotels everywhere, and if they don’t have information on one, they can usually find it out. Their knowledge and advice are invaluable.
These rooms turn over sometimes every night and may not get a thorough cleaning. I watched a video once that showed the room attendants using the same rag they cleaned the tub with to wipe down the glasses.
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