I don’t know about you, but I find choosing a hotel pretty difficult. These days, most of us go online to book our holidays and while doing so is really convenient, I often get a bit bamboozled by the sheer volume of options available. That said, there are plenty of ways to make the decision easier, and I’ve put together a list of top tips for choosing the best hotel for you. I hope it helps!
1) Read reviews
Once you’ve picked a destination, it’s worth checking out some reviews of hotels in that area. Often, comments written by fellow travelers are going to give you a much clearer picture of what any given hotel is going to be like to stay in than marketing material will.
The one thing I would say here is to not fret too much about the odd bad review in a list of good ones. No matter how good the hotel, there’s always going to be a little bit of negative feedback, so don’t dismiss a place if holidaymakers’ opinions are positive overall.
2) Get advice from family and friends
Reviews are great, but don’t forget that family and friends are also a brilliant source of information – especially considering you know you can trust their opinions. So, if anyone you know has been to your chosen destination, see what tips they can give you. Even if you’re not keen on staying in exactly the same establishment, they could be able to give you some really useful information on which areas are good to stay in – or which should be avoided!
3) Decide what’s important to you
In my opinion, one of the most crucial things to do is decide what hotel features are important to you – this is key in finding the right place to stay. I think it’s really easy to get swept up in marketing speak and wind up choosing an establishment that, while it might be considered good overall, just isn’t quite a perfect fit for you.
So, early on in the process make a list of essentials, then another of nice-to-haves. This way, you’ll have a clear idea of what you can’t do without and what extras you’d like; this also makes it easier to narrow down your options quickly.
4) Check out the location
Location is always a major factor when choosing a hotel – and there’s more to consider than you might think. So, I’ve put together a quick list of things to keep in mind when working out exactly whereabouts to stay:
- How close it is to attractions you’re interested in.
- How easy it is to get to and from the airport (and how much it costs).
- The overall atmosphere of the area.
- Price – generally speaking, centrally located hotels will be more expensive than ones a little further out. But, you also need to consider the price of transport if you plan on staying on the outskirts of a city, for example. Calculate the costs of each before making your final decision to work out which option really offers better value.
5) Be smart on price
Whether you need to stick to a tight budget or not, it’s always worth working out where you can save money. Often, if you book a cheap all inclusive hotel you can cut down costs significantly, simply because things like drinks and food will be included in the overall price. That said, you should always check the small print to see what is and what isn’t included.
By the way, all inclusive deals are also handy in terms of budgeting as they give you more scope for planning your finances accurately, because you won’t need to estimate how much you’ll spend on food and drink once you arrive.