Choosing the right hotel for your road trip can be a daunting task; no doubt about that. But today, it is very easy to check out every single detail about a potential hotel before you arrange your bookings –every thanks to Technology! Before you set off on your trip at all, you can easily view the pictures, daily rates customer reviews and just anything you need all from your computer. Seeing is believing. If you don’t like what you see, move on to the next option on your list! However, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when on the lookout for the right hotel.
WHAT MATTERS MOST
It is easy to have a list of several hundreds of hotels but what you need is just ONE. Definitely, you have to give it some thought as to what matters most. It varies from person to person. For example, are you a fan of ‘all the action’ or you care a lot about a place being quiet and having enough privacy? Do you need Wifi as much as you need food? Or it’s a pool you want instead, or both? How about restaurants? A good rule of thumb is to make a list of top five most important features to you. Once you have been able to identify these important features, then you can begin your search in more depth.
In this regard, you should have an estimate for what you want to budget for a hotel in mind. Then you can go ahead to sift through major websites online for hotel comparison. Do all your findings from sites like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz down to Hotels.com, Kayak.com and Venere.com. If price is of primary concern to you, then you should consider using a bidding engine like Priceline.com where you have the chance to choose options for a hotel, make a bid that is convenient with your budget and see if someone gets to accept it. Although you won’t know the hotel you are staying until your bid is accepted, this method gives you huge savings! An alternative to Priceline.com is Tingo.com, a site that consequently rebooks you and offers a discount if the rate at your lodging drops after you have been busy.
Ensure that you pay close attention to the location of the hotel you are about to choose. If time is a factor you consider over at your destination, then you want be close to where all the attractions and actions reside so you do not waste considerable time commuting all day. If public transport is what you will be relying on, take proximity very seriously – in terms of bus, train etc. However, for anyone who makes privacy a big priority, you want to stay as far away as possible.
CULTURE AND LOCAL FLAVOR
If your preference sticks you to staying away from enormous chains, there are several options with local B&Bs you can stay in. Many online search engines include listings for B&Bs nowadays but a great resource for this is over at this place - Ditch the Hotel: 10 Alternative Ways to Stay.
This is what makes every hotel differ from each other – type and quality of amenities available. This includes everything from the on-site activities such as swimming pools, access to beach, gym and fitness center, meeting room spaces, room service and more. Also in-room amenities such as TV, fireplace, high quality toiletries, bathrobes, wireless music players and so much more you can desire. Determine your specific desires and do a research on the hotels you have in your list to see which ones meet your expectations in this regard.
For people who travel often, airline or hotel membership clubs may not be a new thing to you. If you have not joined one already, make haste to hook yourself up with a good one. With this in place, you can earn free nights, free dinner, free upgrades and many other fascinating loyalty benefits. You could begin earning only by spending on your credit card or simply by staying at their hotels throughout the world.
Many hotels today now focus on ‘being green’, if this is important to you, then use it as a pointer for finding the right hotel for you. Take note though that most small cities may not have this option available for their hotels as it would be with major cities. As a result, you should expect to get more green-certified hotels in major cities. However, there is much you can do on your own to stay green; for example you can ask that they do not clean your sheets or towels on a daily basis. Interestingly, you may win yourself a free drink or some other tip for saving them the hassle of cleaning your room.
This is particularly for people who travel with their families. It is quite imperative that you find a hotel that will meet both your needs and that of your family members. One great resource for this research is Familyvacationcritic.com. Over at this place, you will find reviews from parents like you and also have access to flash sales, insider tips and more.
Finding driving directions has never been easy! With driving maps, everything is a breeze. Take A and B to be your location and your destination respectively. You are allowed to enter location A (your current location) into the first search tab and location B (your destination) into the second search tab. Consequently, the website returns accurate and easy to follow directions. These directions are very easy that even if you have not one tinge of knowledge about reading maps, you’d still arrive at your destination successfully. Before you embark on your journey, you can decide to print out the directions beforehand and be rest assured that this set of directions is accurate enough to tell you the exact place to go and where to take turns.