Tuesday, July 23

Choosing a hotel

Everyone who travels wants their lodging to be comfortable and clean. Choosing the appropriate accommodations can be difficult. If you have never been to a particular hotel, you do not always know what to expect. The following tips can help you narrow down your choices and hopefully choose the best hotel to meet your needs.

Cleanliness: No one enjoys staying at a filthy hotel. When you enter the lobby, scan the area for dirt, garbage, and tidiness. When you meet the staff, check to see if their uniforms are clean and neat. It is important to check the room where you will be sleeping. Look at the floor and bathroom to see if they are clean. Check to see if the floor has been vacuumed. The bathrooms should have new shampoo and soaps. The towels and facecloths should be clean and placed in an orderly manner. Make sure the toilet is clean. Check to see if the bed has fresh sheets and is properly made. The sheets and blankets should be clean and free of bedbugs. Also, smell the room for any unusual odors. There should not be any dust or garbage.

Staff: When arriving, the hotel staff should be smiling and warmly greet you. Someone should take your bags and lead you to the check in desk. Do they provide a concierge service? The concierge should be able to answer all of your questions and explain the other amenities the hotel offers. Do they offer information packets on activities and events in the area? This can include entertainment and other dining establishments in the area. A staff member should then take you to your room and explain the contents such as toiletries, mini bar, internet services,etc. They should also explain such services as laundry and room service.

Family Oriented Hotels: Many hotels provide activities for children. If you are traveling with children, you should ask a few questions before booking. Ask the staff about any special kids clubs. Does the hotel have a pool or recreational area for children? Are there staff member that monitor these area?

Smoking: Some hotels may be smoke free or have certain smoking floors. If you smoke, ask if they provide smoking rooms. For non smokers, make sure you get a room that is non smoking. When examining the room, smell the room to see if it smells like smoke. Look fro ashtrays or reins such ashes or cigarette butts.

Business Accommodations: Make sure the hotel has enough rooms to accommodate everyone attending. If you require a convention room, make sure you ask before booking. You can also ask the following questions: How many occupants per room? Are there discounts for business events? Is there a business discount on meals or catering? Are there events in the area that the business guests could attend?

When choosing a hotel, there are many issues that you should consider. Check websites for discounts and packages that may not be offered over the phone. You should also be aware of the cancellation and refund policies in case you decide to go to another hotel. If you have friends or family who stayed at a particular hotel, ask for their opinions. There are also online sites that post hotel reviews written by former guests. However, you should be aware that there are unsatisfied customers who exaggerate or are difficult to please. Most importantly, make sure you have all your questions answered before making a reservation. By doing your research and asking the right questions, you will be able to relax and enjoy your stay at a quality hotel that meets all of your expectations.