When it comes to booking accommodation for your getaway or holiday, it really can make or break the whole experience. Without doing the proper research, it can be a bit hit and miss.
It’s important you know a bit about where you will be staying – after all, you are spending your hard earned cash on it, it’s your holiday/getaway and time is limited so you don’t want to be spending it dealing with dodgy accommodation that could potentially ruin your entire experience.
So, what’s the best way to overcome a potential hotel hell on your next holiday?
Here’s what I recommend you do before you book anything:
- Research – it goes without saying that if you don’t check more than one source of information on a hotel you really want to stay at, then you certainly won’t be informed. Many hotel sites are portals of aggregated content from accommodation or tourism databases and in some cases you will just get the same info over and over again. In other cases, the property itself will and should be the central source of truth. After checking the hotel aggregator sites like Hotels.com, and one of the better ones – Trivago, also make sure you check them against the hotel’s own website. A decent accommodation provider should have a website with information on the property, along with booking facilities and prices online.
- Right location – location plays a big part in your decision to book, particularly if your stay is centred around an event or attraction. Make sure to factor in things like proximity to airports, railway stations or public transport, hospitals etc where noise levels can be higher – if this bothers you. This tip I call booking by map 😉
- Recommendations – they say most people will take a recommendation from a friend before they will take advice from a brand, so check with friends or family on any recommendations they may have for accommodation for the location you have in mind.
- Reviews – just like recommendations, however these are from people you don’t actually know, so in some cases you may need to take some of these with a grain of salt. Great places to check reviews on accommodation include TripAdvisor and good old Facebook. If a large number of reviews exist for a property, you can get a pretty good idea whether those reviews are genuine or not.
- Reap Rewards – it may be worth checking some hotel reward programs or perhaps joining some as they can offer some great deals for reputable hotels. Some of these programs include TFE Hotels which covers Adina, Medina, Rendezvous, Vibe and Travelodge Hotels or Club.CuSoon which covers Peppers, Mantra and Breakfree properties. Additionally, you can use rewards like QANTAS Frequent Flyer and credit card related rewards for hotel accommodation.
Hopefully these tips help you achieve a great stay when you next need to book accommodation. Bon voyage!