Choosing Hotels When Travelling
When travelling, it is important to find accommodation that suits your needs and desires. You may want a luxurious hotel with a spa, or perhaps you prefer a simpler room. The location is another thing to consider as well. Some places are geared towards business travellers and may offer facilities such as a business centre. Other hotels are geared for families, and they may have family-friendly amenities such as kids’ clubs or a pool. Choosing the right hotel can make your trip more enjoyable and stress-free.
The variety of accommodation on offer is enormous. For every destination there are a few (if not dozens) of hotels and resorts to choose from. These range from the opulent and iconic grand hotel to the quirky and cool-minded boutique, from the picturesque inn straight out of the storybook to the all-inclusive beachside resort. There is also the option of renting a condo or staying at an Airbnb, which can be cheaper than many hotels.
There are also many different rates available to guests, depending on the time of year and what is included in the hotel. Most places have a high season when tourism is most desired, and prices are generally higher at that time. There is also the shoulder season, when prices are lower but there may not be many tourists around.
In addition to standard services like free Wi-Fi, some hotels now have automated check-in and checkout systems, which can be more convenient for some travelers. They can be used with smartphone apps to facilitate the process as well. In-room internet service can be capped and charged, so it is a good idea to ask for the rate before booking. Some hotels also offer fitness and wellness services, which may include a gym or swimming pool. Others offer massage/therapy rooms and beautician/hairdresser salons.
While it is not always possible, it is worth trying to avoid hotels with hidden fees. These can add up and are sometimes not explained clearly on the hotel website. A common example is parking, which is often not included in the hotel’s price and must be paid for separately. Likewise, airport shuttles and staff gratuities are commonly charged for.
It is also wise to research the safety of a location, especially for female business travellers who are travelling alone. Women often feel less safe in some parts of the world, and it is a good idea to book a hotel that is located in a safe area. It is important for companies to recognise that their employees’ safety is a priority when sending them on business trips. This is not just for their own benefit, but it is a legal obligation under employment law. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that their employees are not put in a situation where they could be victimised, which can lead to costly lawsuits. The smallest details can make a difference. For instance, some hotels provide complimentary items such as hairspray, deodorant and curling irons. Others may have items such as yoga mats, tea kettles and phones chargers for guests’ use.