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How to Book a Hotel for your Vacation

July 11, 2012  by: rekhas  Points: 12   Category: Travel & Places  Earning $0.20   Views: 546

Did you ever book a hotel and regret it later? Today, online hotel booking has become common. We no longer walk in and ask for a room. When you are booking hotels, you look at cheap hotel rates but forget important issues like hotel neighborhood, safety and hotel room amenities. Here are few tips for booking hotels for your vacation.


Vacations are more than 'just a holiday' with family. Even if you are going off on your own, there is a lot to consider when you plan the whole vacation. Choice of the hotel is a major issue. It is the hotel room that you seek comfort in, after a long flight or a busy day of sightseeing.

How to Book a Hotel Room

Gone are the days when you made a call and asked for a room or walked right in to ask for a vacant room to crash in. Today, there is a longer process to book a room. You first check for reviews online, to know if it matches your expectations or not. Then, you look for amenities and safe neighborhood. There is also a clause of 'attractions near the hotel' and transportation.

Best Hotel Room for your Vacation

It may be a good idea to skip the 'pet-friendly' rooms or hotels, unless you have a pet. This is important for people with allergies and those who are sensitive to pollen, dander and pet hair. Moreover, imagine that you are here for a business meeting. You leave your clothes on the couch and in the morning, you dress up only to find some pet hair on your coat or pants. Is it not annoying? If you are a cleanliness freak, you are better off at non-pet friendly hotels.

Smoking Rooms and Stench

Always check for the non-smoking hotel room if you do not smoke. Even if the hotel recently renovated its smoking rooms to non-smoking, there are high chances of a stench left behind. It is best to book your hotel room well in advance. If you procrastinate it till the end, you may only be left with smoking rooms.

Check for User Reviews for Hotel Rooms

This is a good piece of advice. You never know the reality unless you check a couple of hotel reviews. The best sites are Tripadvisor, Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz. Look for hotels with at least 3.5 to four stars. If you are paying less than $50 per night for the hotel room, be prepared for a noisy neighborhood, no complimentary breakfast (unless it is Travelodge or an inn), lousy furniture and drapes. The bedding may be rough too and the bathroom may not be a total heaven. Well, it does save you time, right? You will be out of the room early and get more time to explore the new place!

Compare prices of hotels in the neighborhood and you may get a fair idea of the ideal price for a hotel room in an area. Always book a hotel room that is near the local attractions. It is not always good to stay near the airport if you are visiting a place for sightseeing. As you will spend more time exploring the city or town, you should stay in the center or as close to attractions as possible. Look for hotels that offer free shuttle to/from the airport. This will surely save your some bucks. At times, you pay a small amount for the ride, which is also very reasonable.

All these tips will help you when you plan your next vacation! Never take hotel rooms for granted. If it is not a safe neighborhood, you will spend the nights in stress and that is not what you look for in a vacation. Book a good hotel room and enjoy a peaceful vacation by yourself, with family or with friends!


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