So, you’re excited about your next trip and you think the hotel doesn’t matter cause your only going to sleep there?
What looks good on the internet might not be what you’re actually getting. Photoshop can do wonders! You don’t want the proverbial “roach motel”. Even some “minor” construction going on could be a headache (especially after that great party the night before). An hour of research could make the difference.
Everyone has their own method of finding a hotel or place to stay when they travel. Some people check out Airbnb, Orbitz, or sites like Kayak where they can see all their options at once. Some even go on sites like Priceline and let them surprise you.
- 1. After I’ve decided where I am going I begin looking on different websites to see how much the hotels are going for. Even if I have been to a particular city before, I try to narrow down an area or two of where I want to be then try to find hotels with good prices around those areas.
- 2. Not only do I try the Orbitz, Kayak, airbnb, etc., I also try the actual hotel web sites to see if I can get more information or if they have their own discounts for booking directly with them. Going directly to the web site also gives me a little more insight into the hotels that maybe I didn’t get from the other sites.
- 3. Once I start finding hotels that I am interested in then I really start looking for information on them. I will go to Hotels.com, Orbitz, and TripAdvior and read different reviews. You can’t take every review for face value because everyone has different experiences. If you do happen to keep seeing similar pros or cons you can assume it could be true. An example would be, one hotel said checking in took forever. I picked this hotel and sure enough it was forever, but I knew that and was already prepared (kind of) when it did happen.
- 4. OK, so I am not sure how many people actually do this, but the other thing I love to do when narrowing down hotels is go on Youtube. Youtube has tons of videos of different hotel rooms and the property. Make sure when you look on Youtube you aren’t picking videos that the hotel put up or someone who works with the hotel. You want to look at ones that actual guests took. Also don’t go to far back in time. Try and look at the videos that were uploaded from about 1 year ago to recently, because hotels do improve, change, and renovate.
- 5. The other thing I do a lot when trying to finalize a hotel is find out what is around the surrounding areas. This is very important if you have never been to the city you are visiting. I like to know how close the public transportation is from the hotel, where can I get a rental car if necessary, what places are around to eat, and activities.