Saying you’re off to a vacation is the easiest part, planning not so much. The budget, where you want to go and what you’ll need to get there always turns into its own stressful adventure. Luckily, choosing a hotel doesn’t have to be. With these 5 considerations, you’ll be able to find your dream hotel in no time.
Start by giving yourself a maximum amount per night you are willing to pay. This will not only eliminate many contenders, it will also give you a great feel for what to expect with quality, giving you the chance to either increase or decrease how much you want to budget for the hotel. If you want to spoil yourself a little more, then you might choose a more luxurious hotel, which will ultimately be more expensive. If you are just looking for a place to sleep while you are touring the nearby sites, then it is recommended you get something cheaper. This way you will have more money to spend exploring and trying new, fun, and different things.
Do you want to be in the middle of what you want to do or somewhat removed? Many hotel chains have places spread out across the area to provide guests with just such an option. For instance, Monte Carlo Inns in Toronto have places near the coast and further inland. The best practice is to try and choose a hotel that fits not only your cost, but close to where you will be spending the majority of your vacation.
Amenities & Accommodations
Now it’s time to look at what each one offers. Go through the different star ratings to figure out what the different ratings generally offer. This will also allow you to further plan what you should bring with you on your vacation. For instance, if there is an indoor pool and spa, you should definitely plan to pack a bathing suit.
If there is one thing the internet is famed for, it is its unabashed honesty. Every hotel comes with reviews from previous guests that review both the positive and negative aspects. Be sure to read through all of them to get a strong sense of the hotel. Avoid reading only the top comment as this is not always indicative of what the hotel is like. The same can be said about the comments at the bottom. You might also ask your friends and family about their hotel experiences and what has and hasn’t worked well for them.
Congratulations! Now that your hotel has been chosen, it’s time to do some sleuthing. With all of the travel websites available boasting great prices and deals, it would be remiss to not at least compare pricing among the top 5. You’ll find that the different websites’ fees vary and some are cheaper once everything is totaled.
Whether you want a city or a mountainous setting, there are hotels for every vacation type. So long as you take the time to consider what you want from your experience, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for. All it takes is a little research.