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Travel 406 views Aug 24, 2016
Choosing a Hotel: 5 Tips to Follow

People often research pretty thoroughly before choosing a place to visit, especially for tourism purposes. The architectural marvels, gardens, museums, theatres, natural beauty, history--- everything is looked into via the net and/or travel journals, and digested thoroughly before making the final decision on a visit. Once the destination is chosen after giving it much thought, people concentrate next on the air/train fares and cheap car rental deals to be found in the city/town where they’re planning to go first. However, rarely is it found that people concentrate so much on the hotels or homestay that they choose for accommodation purpose. But this is something that requires equally detailed research and introspection before a particular option can be zeroed in on. So, what are some of the things that one should essentially consider while choosing (and booking) a hotel online? Keep reading for the answers.


  • The first and foremost thing, of course, is the budget. The budget should be drawn up carefully; in a way that the accommodation expenses do not eat up too much of it. After all, your main aim is to travel around and experience the place; not simply roam around in your hotel rooms. But at the same time, you cannot afford to stay about anywhere. So it would be wise to choose a place which is budget-friendly as well as meeting all your basic requirements (e.g. a clean and hygienic bathroom).


  • The second thing is location. To a large extent, this depends on the purpose of your visit. If the visit is for business purpose, then it’s best that the hotel is situated somewhere close to the venue of the business to be carried out. At the very least, it should be at a place from where it isn’t difficult to get hold of a bus or a cab. If the visit is strictly confined to pleasure, then it should be at the heart of town. Lastly, if you’re just looking to spend some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of city traffic, then the village or town suburbs would be the best bet. In this connection, the best travel deals in South Africa are found on the most reputed travel sites such as Discount Travellers.


  • Gauge your preferences and decide the hotel based on the amenities which you consider important. Some people are happy with basic cleanliness; others might want luxury spas, Jacuzzis or at the very least a well-equipped gym or swimming pool. Choose the hotel according to your tastes in terms of provisions.


  • Reviews on the hotel booking sites should be checked in order to know the kind of services a hotel is providing to its guests. This probably goes without saying, but you should properly analyse the reviews that are posted on the site, scrutinising whether or not some of the positive reviews might be written in exchange for a payment. Overall, you go for the most credible establishment that suits all your other requirements.


  • Last but not the least, one should really check for special offers and transport packages that might be offered at the hotel. Checking out deals and discounts related to kids’ meal packages are also necessary.