What vacationer is happy, when arriving at their lodging, to find that the hotel is not well kept or that their room has been given to someone else? Hotel reviews on the internet are one of the very best ways to judge the quality of a hotel without actually seeing it in person. There are many, many sites that not only give stars for quality but also offer reviews written by people who have stayed in the hotel recently. What are most travelers seeking?
Cleanliness and friendliness: Most travelers want to ensure that their room will be clean and that the hotel’s staff will be friendly. If you want to spend a bit more money, a concierge is a nice addition to the staff of the hotel in which you’re staying. The concierge can tell you all of the good local places to eat and visit.
A safe stay: Safety should be a prime attribute of any hotel. Any good hotel will have 24 hour staff at the front desk. In addition, a security staff is a must. The safest hotels offer key cards: plastic keys that can be replaced if lost and are discarded when a visitor checks out.
Price: And you probably are looking at price. It’s not always the best idea to go for the least expensive rooms. You may be getting something extra for the extra that you pay. For example, you may pay a little more for a pool, exercise room or restaurant in the hotel. Remember, if your dates are flexible you may get the best rates. Hotels that cater to business functions often give great rates during the week.
Convenient location: Unless you want to rent a car, you probably want a hotel in a location that’s near restaurants and attractions. A hotel within walking or cab distance of these is a good way to save money. However, if you want to rent a car, be sure that you can conveniently get back and forth to where the car rental location is or that the car rental company will deliver the car.
The best way to book a clean, safe, and friendly hotel room in a convenient location is to do some internet research and then call the hotel and check on certain aspects that interest you. Be sure to specify if you plan to arrive late. Get the name of the person you speak with and have them email you a confirmation so you can check on the details of your reservation before you arrive. And have a wonderful time!
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