It doesn’t matter how far away you’re traveling or who you’re traveling with, the stress of picking the right hotel can be a big one. For one thing, you may not know anything about the city or even the country you’re visiting. All you have to go on is the images you see on the website and maybe the recommendation of a friend or someone you met once and are now Facebook friends with. That’s not always enough.
The good news is, just because you are looking at the hotel online doesn’t mean you have to trust the images and descriptions that they put up. There are plenty of sources online that you can look at in order to help you make your decision about where to stay and which room to book.
Create a list of must-have amenities
However, before you start picking your hotel, start by making a list of what it is that you want for your trip. Does your accommodation need to have Wi-Fi in the rooms so you can play the online Bingo NZ games you love, or will just having it in the common areas be enough? Do you need a parking space for a rental vehicle or because you’re driving to your destination? Will a TV in the room be useful or completely unnecessary? All of these decisions will help you pick the right hotel room and have an impact on the price pay per night.
Other elements to have on your list of must-haves relate to location. Do you want to be close to the beach or any other important sites for your visit? What about being in the center of the city or on the outskirts for peace and quiet? These decisions will also have a big impact on the hotels that you consider for your trip.
Read up on the reviews
This is possibly the best resource that the internet can provide, and sometimes it can make things a little bit more confusing. However, it’s always a good thing to check out the reviews and make sure that they are mostly positive before you make any bookings. Look on the website and social media platforms connected to the hotel, as well as third-party sites for reviews. The hotel may only keep the positive reviews and delete the negative complaints. However, they can’t get rid of bad reviews on sites that they don’t control.
Read the reviews carefully and look at what people are praising or complaining about. If they are about the general important things – customer service, cleanliness, food – then you’ll have your answer about whether or not you want to stay there.
Research the area
If you’re going to a city you don’t know, even if it’s just one state over, you should always investigate the area or suburb that your hotel is in before booking. Find out what the crime is like, if it’s safe to go out alone at night and what kind of public transport options are available. All of these will play a role in your choice of hotel.