There are several things to keep in mind when selecting a hotel. Cost is obviously going to be a huge influencing factor, so it is worth setting your budget before you begin looking. Note down what the essentials are for your stay, for example, do you want full or half-board or childcare facilities? Then work out what you are prepared to pay extra for, such as leisure activities, a gym or spa. Are you going to want to browse the Internet or read your emails while you are away? If so, hotels that offer free Wi-Fi would be a good choice for you.
Location is the next big consideration. How far do you want to be away from the center of town or beach? Hotels situated out of town will be cheaper than ones in the center and may therefore offer fewer facilities. You will need to factor in the cost of travelling to and from the hotel if you do not choose a centrally located venue, although these hotels sometimes offer free transport links to the major attractions because of their location. On the flip-side to this, central hotels may not be able to offer free parking for their patrons as space may be at a premium, in which case you may find yourself spending more on public transport or taxis to get where you want to be.
The Internet makes it very easy to compare hotels, and there are many good comparison websites out there. These sites work with the travel companies to provide information for a wide range of hotels and are updated with deals and discounts. These sites are invaluable when looking for cheap hotels, as often they will compare prices side by side from the set criteria, giving an easy to see one page overview of the best deals that are available. It is worth reading reviews posted by individuals that have stayed at the hotels, as these will give an insight into the establishment’s standards, making it easier to decide whether or not a particular hotel is right for your needs.
Of course, sometimes the internet is not wholly reliable, and you may feel safer going to an established travel agent for your advice and booking. They will know the quality of the hotels you are considering and can advise you accordingly. It could, however, mean that you are limited to the hotels that they do business with. There are plenty of quality independent hotels that an agent may not even consider, and there is no reason why you should not deal directly with those. It may even mean a better price is available if you approach a hotel directly, as it will not be paying commission to a third party.
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