My wife and I are moving across the country soon, and our road trip will require a stop at a hotel. With many options at varying prices, the hotel market can be hard to navigate. Accommodations are often expensive, so it’s important to choose the right hotel that will fit your budget and your needs.
Here’s what you should consider when deciding which hotel is best for you:
The Reason for Your Stay
The occasion and purpose for your stay should factor into your decision. If you’re picking a hotel for a quick stay (as we are), there are certain amenities you won’t need. For us, the location was most important. We picked a place near the highway, so we could get there and back on the road as quickly as possible. If you’re going on a vacation and staying for a longer period of time, other factors may be more important.
My wife and I found a place with decent rooms and a continental breakfast. This way, we’ll be comfortable while we stay the night and can get a bite to eat before hitting the road. A swimming pool and fitness center weren’t at the top of our list because we’ll be staying for such a short period of time.
We will also have a dog along for our trip, so we needed a pet-friendly hotel. The one we selected allows us to have our dog in the room free of charge.
Keep in mind what your needs are in terms of your hotel. Do you want a fridge and microwave? Do you like certain channels on the television?
Finding the right hotel online can sometimes be daunting, as there are so many sites offering hotel booking. If you’re looking for a specific hotel, Orbitz and Hotels.com offer quality customer service and good prices. Priceline is a good option if you don’t care exactly what hotel you stay at; you pick a level of quality, general location, and amenities, and you can get a room at a very low price.
Sometimes searching for a specific hotel then calling the actual location is beneficial, as well.
Do you have any special techniques you use when picking out hotels?