How to Find the Best Hotel for Your Vacation
Whether you’re jetting off to the Bahamas, or trekking across Europe, there’s no shortage of hotels. How do you find one that matches your specific tastes and budget? Read on to find the perfect hotel for your next vacation.
Price & Personality
Decide how much you’re willing to spend on a place to stay. Here’s some advice: think price, and then think personality. If you’re on a shoestring budget, house sitting or hostels may be the way to go. If not, you can go more mid-range or even luxury. Then only look at possibilites that fit with what you have decided on.
Next, make sure the hotel fits your trip and what you plan on doing. For example, if you see a 5-star spa and resort, but you plan to spend all your time outside doing activities in the city, that’s probably not the place for you. As a rule of thumb, when you book look first at the hotel room itself. See if it has the basics you’ll need. After that, look at extras. What do they offer as far as restaurants and room service, transportation, and extra activities? Then pick what fits best with your schedule and style of travel.
It may seem obvious, but be sure to book a place that’s near where you’ll spend the majority of your time. Having restaurants and major attractions close by is usually good. But there’s more to location than that. Think about your plans, and how the hotel fits in with them. Do you want to be out for the whole day, or stop back in for a midday meal at the on-site restaurant? Maybe you plan on hiking and need to get a good night’s sleep – so don’t book anything near a train or airport. Lay out your schedule, and then go from there to figure out what’s appropriate.
A lot of hotels will help you with the rest of your travel plans, so pick a place where the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Try calling the desk to ask about things to do in the area. From this you can discern whether or not the staff will be helpful. Ask about deals with other businesses in town. There are often discounts when you book an activity through a hotel, and many times you can take a bus to and from the location. Remember that the people working at the desk are locals, and if you ask nicely, they will probably be happy to help you with the best restaurants, hiking trails, and spas in the area.
Your hotel is your home for a short while. The ambiance, activities, and price all need to match up for it to be a good fit. Start researching today, and book a meaningful vacation!