Travel has been all but banned recently, meaning a lot of people have had to vacation at home where possible. When on a staycation, most people tend not to stay in hotels, instead opting for things like camping. With so much time out the loop, there’s a good chance you’ve forgotten what to look for in a hotel, so before you book something that ends up giving you the holiday from hell, make sure you read our tips for choosing a hotel.
1. Read Google Reviews
The first step to booking a hotel is to read Google reviews. If there’s one thing you can trust, it’s word of mouth. People tend not to hold back when reviewing a service they’ve recently experienced, so there’s a good chance that what you’re reading is accurate and based on an honest experience. Of course, there will always be clients who are unfair, but you should be able to sift these out if you read enough reviews.
We’d recommend reading the most recent reviews. A testimonial from eight years ago won’t reflect the hotel now unless recent guests are highlighting the same concerns as those of years gone by. So, with this in mind, filter out reviews to a year old tops, and try and identify any common themes.
For example, if every other review mentions that the rooms were dirty, this is a red flag, but if the reviews mention that the internet was a bit shoddy, you’ll need to think about whether or not this will really bother you. There are certain things you’ll expect, such as a clean room and a security concierge officer for safety, but other things like free toiletries might not be high up on your list, so make sure you weigh up the reviews with your own personal requirements.
2. Check the Location
When booking a hotel, location is key. Odds are, if you’ve selected a specific location, you’ve done so for a reason; because you want to check out what’s going on in that area. It might be that you’ve chosen Venice as your holiday destination because there are several points of interest you want to explore, but if your hotel is in Mestre, you’ll need to travel over the water by car or bus to get to the Venice you originally wanted to see. It might not seem like a big deal, but if you’re pushed for time or having to rely on public transport that you’re not familiar with, it could prove to be more hassle than it’s worth.
The island of Ibiza is a prime example of why you need to pay attention to the location. The island has two halves. Misread the location and assume it’s all the same, and you’ll be paying the price. You don’t want to take your family to the party side, and likewise, if you’re young and looking for fun, the last thing you’ll want is to be on the opposite side of the island to all the clubs.
Location matters, so make sure you pay due diligence.
3. Check Online Comparison Sites for the Best Price
When you’re looking at what hotel to choose for your vacation, the price will likely play a vital role. The cheapest isn’t always the worst and the most expensive isn’t always the best, but the price you see on the hotel website also isn’t the only price out there.
Before you confirm your booking, look on price comparison websites to see if you can get it cheaper. You likely can, you just need to look. No one likes to pay over the odds, so it’s well worth scouring the internet a little bit longer to find the best deal.
These are just three things for you to look out for when booking a vacation hotel. Is there anything you recommend when booking a hotel?