Once you have decided your travel destination, you need to decide and book your hotel for your stay. Many people do not research and do proper search on the hotel and hence, ended with a bad trip. You must be thinking that booking a hotel is not a difficult task, it’s very simple. But, it’s not like that. You need to do a proper research taking many things into consideration.
Let’s dig in few guidelines to follow for finding a perfect hotel-
Hotel Location –
Foremost step in searching for a perfect hotel is to check the location of the hotel. It again depends on many factors – like, if you are travelling with kids or elders, then you must book a hotel which is located on the main road or mall road. It will save your time in commuting from hotel to main road and everything will be in your easy reach. You never know what you will need and at what time with kids or elders. Staying in a hotel near to airport or railway station is also a plus point. You need not to bother about reaching from station or airport to the city.
Your Budget –
Next step is to consider your budget. Once you have decided a location, now you can filter it out as per your budget. You may choose a hotel category and other requirements according to your budget. For example, you want a hotel which offers luxurious stay and free meals but your budget doesn’t allow so. In that case, you can go for a decent budgeted hotel with free breakfast only. Another important thing to check is for discounts. Compare prices on different sites and then book.
Room’s Configuration –
Do not forget to check out the room space and area before making a booking. Look for a room which has space to sit, space to roam around, couch, especially if you staying with the kids. A hotel room just with a bed and attached bathroom could not be comfortable for you. Secondly, choose the size of the room according to your stay. For example, you are going to stay for a long duration, and then you may book a suite or a cottage as well.
Services Offered –
Here, we have filtered out our location and budget, now it’s time to check what all services and amenities are offered by the hotel. You can check for basic amenities like free Wi fi, tea or coffee maker in the room, free breakfast, restaurant, cab service, kids room, parking space, doctor on call, etc. for a comfortable stay. A family friendly hotel must have all facilities ranging from swimming pool, games room, gym, family spa, 24*7 staff service, etc. Few hotels do mention such things on your website but how to make sure that they will provide all the facilities? For making a reality check, hop on to our next point.
Guest Reviews –
Social media is a powerful tool of communication and has a great influence which helps customers in making right decisions. Check Google reviews and other websites like trip advisor, to know the guest reviews about the property. Check social media handles of the hotel namely Facebook and Instagram; you can check original pics and reviews tagged by the tourists. Make sure you check recent reviews and compare them on all sites. This will help you in getting a true picture about the property.
I hope you find this article helpful and can take best decision while finding a perfect hotel for your family vacations.
Do read my other blog on some travel hacks to make your trip easier, I am sure these tips and hacks will help you in travelling smoothly.