Selecting_The_Right_Hotel by marcusjames


Selecting The Right Hotel

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So you're going abroad, you've chosen your destination and now you have
to choose a hotel. Ten years ago, you'd have probably visited your local
travel agent, the 21st Century way to select your hotel is of course on
the Internet.

selecting the right hotel

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So you're going abroad, you've chosen your destination and now you have
to choose a hotel. Ten years ago, you'd have probably visited your local
travel agent and trusted the face-to-face advice you were given by the so
called ‘experts'. The 21st Century way to select and book your hotel is
of course on the Internet, by using travel websites.

But how do you sift through the amazing choices on offer? And more
importantly, do you really trust the photographs and descriptions of the
hotels that they have awarded themselves with the motivation of getting

Traveler reviews can be helpful, but you need to exercise caution. They
are often biased, sometimes out of date, and may not serve your interests
at all. How do you know that the features that are important to the
reviewer are important to you? Then there's the problem of the reviewer's
motivation. The more reviews you read, the more you notice how they tend
to cluster at the extremes of opinion. On one end, you have angry
reviewers with axes to grind; at the other, you have delighted guests who
lavish praise beyond belief.

You'll not be surprised to learn that hotels sometimes post their own
glowing reviews, or that competitor's line up for the chance to lambaste
the competition with bad reviews. It makes sense to consider what is
really important to you when selecting a hotel. You should then choose
an online hotel directory that gives up-to-date, independent, impartial
information that really matters.

Here are some of the key facts you should bear in mind:

1. Location: if it matters that your hotel is, for example, on the
beach, close to the theme park, or convenient for the airport, then
location is paramount. Any decent directory should offer a location map
of the hotel and its surroundings. There should be distance charts to
the airport offered as well as some form of interactive map.
2. Style: it is important to choose a hotel that makes you feel
comfortable - contemporary or traditional furnishings, local decor or
international, formal or relaxed. The ideal hotel directory should let
you know of the options available.

3. Restaurants, Cafes and Bars: local color is great but the hotel's own
restaurants and bars can play an important part in your stay. You should
be aware of choice, style and whether or not they are smart or informal.
A good hotel report should tell you this, and particularly about
breakfast facilities.

4. Bedroom Facilities: you should always carefully consider the type of
facilities you need from your bedroom and find the hotel that has those
you consider important. The hotel directory website should elaborate on
matters such as: bed size, Internet Access (its cost, whether there is
WIFI or wired broadband connection), Complimentary amenities, views from
the room and luxury offerings like a Pillow menu or Bath menu, choice of
smoking or non smoking rooms etc.

These things really do matter and any decent hotel directory should give
you this sort of advice on bedrooms - not just the number of rooms which
is the usual option!

5. Children's' Facilities: more important to the family traveler than
the business traveler, you should find out just how child friendly the
hotel is from the directory and make your decision from there. One thing
worth looking for is whether the hotel offers a baby sitters service.
For the business traveler wishing to escape children this is of course
very relevant too - perhaps a hotel that is not child friendly would be
something more appropriate!

6. Leisure Facilities: the site should offer a detailed analysis of
leisure services within the hotel - spa, pool, gym, sauna - as well as
details of any other facilities nearby such as golf courses.

7. Special Needs: the hotel directory site should advise the visitor of
each hotel's special needs services and accessibility policy. Whilst
again this does not apply to every visitor, it is absolutely vital to

Finally and most importantly, the quality hotel directory inspection team
should have visited the hotel in question on a regular basis, met the
staff, slept in a bedroom and tried the food. They should experience the
hotel as only a hotel guest can and it is only then that they are really
in a strong position to write about the hotel.

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