Important Factors To Choose Perfect HOTEL Accommodation for Successful Trip

Important Factors To Choose Perfect Hotel Accommodation for Successful Trip

Important Factors To Choose Perfect HOTEL Accommodation for Successful Trip
Important Factors To Choose Perfect HOTEL Accommodation for Successful Trip

Hey, holidays are coming and you have finalized your dream destination and booked air tickets.  Now you are again into the big dilemma of choosing right accommodation/stay for a Successful Trip.  You are thrown with a bundle of great choices regarding hotel stays which are very tempting and appealing deals.  There are many factors to be considered in booking a hotel like hotels having a room with a view, big luxurious lobbies, hospitable staff, location perfect, proximity to city-center or public transport, freebies deals etc. but choosing wisely and filtering out will help you in choosing a Perfect Hotel for Successful Trip.  There are many Important Factors To Choose Perfect Hotel Accommodation for Successful Trip.  

Reviews of my Comfortable and Luxury Stay in New York City
Comfortable and Cozy room

After traveling to various places for many different reasons and occasions I have done few hits and misses on Hotel selection during my Trips.  And have concluded that Choosing a Perfect Hotel for Successful Trip depends totally upon Destination.  In this post, I will talk about Destination types which govern our choice on hotel too.

DESTINATION TYPES

  • Big Metro Cities like NYC, Shanghai, London, Mumbai, Sydney, Paris, Tokyo etc.
  • Nature Destinations like Islands, hilly towns eg. – Santorini, Mykonos, Maldives, Mauritius, Shimla, Kazbegi, Garmisch, etc.
  • Staycation Luxurious Resorts on outskirts of cities or places where there are no major tourist attractions.
  • Highway Stays during Long Drives e.g.driving in USA, India, Australia, etc.
  • Stay in Historical Palace/Mansions eg. Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, Seville, or any Historical Place converted into Hotel.

1.) If your DESTINATION IS A VERY BIG CITY – Here the major selection of Hotel which you will consider is Location or Proximity to City Center. Closest to City center then more you are enjoying the city life.   Though Location of all hotels plays an important role if you are traveling to big cities then it should be given PRIORITY.  You would save a lot of time in commuting if you living in heart of the big city.  Traveling from the heart of city becomes very easy as you get public transport to all places nearby from walk away of your hotel.  All big cities have very well arranged wide public transport network and therefore living nearby it is a wise choice. 

Reviews of my Comfortable and Luxury Stay in New York City
View from my window – 42nd street

But if you are living in centralized locations of big cities then you have to slightly compromise on few points like –

  • Size of Room can be smaller
  • Hotel staff can be very busy so you can lack personal attention
  • There may not be wide front landscapes or porch in the hotel.
  • Swimming Pool can be on a rooftop not on ground floors.

PLUS POINTS –

  • You can access 24 hours open restaurants, cafes, Supermarkets, Medical Shops at a walking distance from the hotel.
  • Nightlife can be easily accessible
  • Public Transport is at walkable distance
  • Save your time in commuting
  • You get the feel of busy city life and enjoy city vibes
  • As there are many eating options outside of your hotel, you can even skip your breakfast option with room for a better money saving deal.  
  1. NATURE DESTINATIONS – If you have selected a place which is full of nature like blue seas, rugged landscapes, rolling hills, snowy mountains, then prefer a hotel/ Room with a view of nature. So if you are going to beaches or hilly areas then selection of hotel with a view is perfect for the successful trip. As you are selecting destination because of its natural beauty then choosing a hotel with the same view is always good to enjoy nature at every moment.   

You have to bear few things like –

  • Hotel is away from the city center
  • Public Transport is not easily accessed but that particular area or town is so small that you can reach far places without wastage of time.
  • No 24 hours shops/cafes nearby and therefore have to rely on Hotel’s restaurants.
  • Sometimes these Hotel Properties are small and don’t have all amenities.

PLUS POINTS –

  • You will enjoy million dollar view for 24 X 7 from your room.
  • You will get perfect sunrise and sunset from your bed. No need to wake up early and reach the sunrise
  • Soak into nature at your comfort.
  • Many such hotels provide free shuttle to city center

3.)  Staycation Luxurious Resorts on outskirts of cities – These kinds of resorts/hotels exist in places where there are not many historical places or natural places to visit.  These kind of resorts are itself a tourist attraction. As nearby cities do not have many places to look out for then these Luxurious Resorts/hotels serves as Perfect Staycation option for fun-filled Family Weekend Trips.  In this type of visits, SELECT a HOTEL with maximum amenities.  Here looking out for the wide range of luxurious amenities is a very important factor.  We cannot neglect amenities of such stays.  DOUBLE CHECK with your hotel about these amenities and their usages like included with the Room Tariffs or Payable Extra. 

Sri Lanka Trip
Sri Lanka trip

Be careful as you are spending more than 80% of your time in this resort and so double check the amenities and other details of this resort. 

Here you have to bear slightly on –

  • You cannot reach city very easily, as it is far away from city -center. So carry on all essentials with you
  • Depend on Hotel’s Entertainment, Food, and Luxury Facilities.
  • Can Be Expensive

PLUS POINTS –

  • You will be pampered like King/Queen and so you can spoil yourself for few days.
  • Rooms and hotel premises are very big
  • Lots of Luxury and Adventure Sports within the premises.
  • An evening full of Entertainment like Live music, dance, various shows etc.
  • Children can have their own company at Day Care center in the premises.
  • Spa, Yoga, Exercise or Meditation are some exotic facilities which you can try on.

4.)  HIGHWAY STAYS  during LONG DRIVES – Highway Stays are the necessary stays when driving through Long Road Trips. In many countries or continents traveling through road takes several hours and in between, you have to take night stay near the HIGHWAY.  These destinations are not chosen by us, but mandatory ones, when we continuously drive through 8 to 9 hours.  If you are traveling by road and going long then do not book the destination hotel in advance.  There are many CHECK-IN OPTIONS while driving through.  Whenever you feel tired of driving and do not want to travel more, stop at your nearby motel/inn and check –in. 

TAKE CARE OF –

  • Free Wi-Fi Facility
  • Free Parking for your car
  • Onsite restaurant or eating facility nearby
  • Nearby Fueling Station.

This type of stay is just an escape on the highway to relax and sleep at night. Don’t expect great things from these motels.  They should be well maintained, safe and clean.  You will not get luxury amenities, hospitable staff or view from the room.  It is for spend your time and walk out next morning.  I took this kind of stay during my East Coast Road trip in the USA, and many times in India.  

5.)  HISTORICAL PLACE (STAY IN HISTORICAL PALACE/MANSION/MONUMENT) – Nowadays there is growing trend of living or spending a night in an ancient palace or monument which has great significance in history.  Some of these Palaces are converted into Luxury hotels with ancient royal customs. Here the History of Palace and its related stories rules the selection of accommodation. These Palaces can be far away from the city or can be within the city.  They offer all ancient style of treatment to their guests. 

Picture of my Stay Spanish Mansion in Seville owned my royal ministers now converted into the hotel.

You have to bear slightly on –

  • You have to climb stairs as they may lack modern amenities like elevators or LIFTS. Their architecture is such that they cannot construct Lifts or something like that.
  • Sleep on traditional beds, not like modern mattress or pillows.  
  • Bathrooms can be like olden day styled Hamas or bathtubs, without those fizzy showers with many settings.
  • Food can be specific traditional styled according to the customs of that Palace.

PLUS POINTS –

  • You are witnessing and living at a Palace where centuries ago major historical events occurred.
  • You will get all ROYAL TREATMENT.
  • You will learn about ancient Royal customs and ceremonies.
  • For few days you will be having a Lifestyle of King / Queen

So you must have now known that DESTINATION plays an important role in choosing hotels.  But for all types of stays, there are many choices with reviews on Booking.com and TripAdvisor. Check for the reviews both good and bad and then book for it.  Therefore Choose Hotels as per Destination choice, not by Brand name or other things. 

Read my HOTEL REVIEWS ON Staying at Big Cities like NYC, Shanghai and Nature Stays like on Greek Island islands – Santorini or Mykonos.  Also read about Staycation options near Dubai and Abudhabi at Hatta, Liwa, etc. 

There are many other budget-friendly homely Stay options which are not very Hotel types. Read this to know more. 

TIP-

  • Call Hotel personally to check all details which matters you the most to have full clarity.
  • Don’t get carried away by Hotel’s pictures on their sites. Check Traveler’s photos of that hotels or read reviews of Travel Blogger on your specific choice.
  • Check on their website for First – Timer Discounts or special Membership Discount offers running currently.
  • Call them and ask for Free Shuttle service to Airport or Free Car Park( if you are driving) and breakfast options.

The main question is – WHAT MATTERS YOU MOST? Is the main reason for choosing a hotel. You will not get all facilities or PLUS POINTS in your choice. You have to compromise slightly on but will get other PLUS POINTS TOO.  So if your selection of hotel is based on the choice of Destination then you are sorting out or filtering out half of the hotels. 

Now you can know Important Factors To Choose Perfect HOTEL Accommodation for Successful Trip

Important Factors To Choose Perfect HOTEL Accommodation for Successful Trip
Important Factors To Choose Perfect HOTEL Accommodation for Successful Trip


 

So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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61 Comments

  1. These are really great tips for selecting a perfect holiday accommodation. I like the way you’ve categorised the tips according to the destination type and have listed the pros and cons for each category. I’ll be using them for my next hotel booking. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing such an insightful post on choosing the best hotel. I am a city girl and I always try to find accommodation close to the city center. Most times (if I dont plan ahead), I do find them expensive, so my next step would be to choose hotels closer to the airport as there will be excellent transport/transit system available from all major airports!

  3. All great points and tips! As a family, traveller, I usually prefer to stay in apartment style accommodation or a larger junior suite. if we are having a lazy holiday then an apartment suits us better as we don’t feel so claustrophobic. I also like having a kitchen and having washing facilities.

    1. yes Apartments are great for having home life feeling in tourist destinations, but choosing their location is very important. Like in city center or near some natural landscapes.

  4. This is always so tricky! Most of the time I was lucky, because the hotel was nice and clean. But I also experienced the opposite which didn’t always give me a good feeling and so I didn’t enjoy my vacation that much. So thanks a lot for your tips!! I like how you structured it in different destinations 🙂

    1. I also had many hits and fails during my stays, but concluded that if we overlook some of the features and focused on their plus points, then it would be more beneficial. I now try to choose according to location type.

  5. Hi Yukti,
    This is a great breakdown of very important info that will help us choose the right place to stay in many locations. I am big on place with a nice view like the mountains or a beach. Being away from the city center has never really been an issue, but it is just definitely important to prepare in advance for anything that might be needed. Thanks for the info!

  6. I’m fond of hiking mountains, swimming in the sea, and wander around ruins, and historic places so I would go for nature destinations. You are right, in this case the view is pretty important and can make up for being further from the city center. 🙂

  7. Done great tips on choosing the right hotel when you on vacation. A good hotel can add all the great aspects to a holiday yet a bad one can be a real damper. I prefer centrally located hotels as they always save travel time and you have a lot of amenities on your doorstep. However as you said they can be small rooms. Great tips and a great post.

    1. Thanks Amar! I agree centrally located hotel saves lot of time in commuting specially in big cities. But if you are going to forests, hilly sides or beach towns then you can slightly compromise on location and can choose a room with a view.

  8. Great way to categorize selection of accommodation choice when you travel. My favorite are places close to, or among, the beauty of nature. Camping out under the stars is wonderful but not always possible or feasible in certain locations so using the tips you have shared here would be really helpful. You have definitely made some good points about room size, transport and amenities.

  9. Thanks for these tips! I like how you categorized them.
    I used to book hotels a bit out of the center because it’s cheaper but since then I have changed my mind and have chosen to pay a bit more to be more central. Just because you would lose way to much time and money with the commute.

    1. You are very much correct that paying a little more for saving time in commuting sounds more practical solution.

  10. I found myself nodding at every point while reading your post! I’d have to completely agree with everything, what you need to ensure while looking for a hotel and what the priorities should be. When I visit a big city, I always make sure my hotel is in the centre of the city, its convenient to step down from your room and be able to walk to restaurants and cafes. Also, when travelling to places with nature, countryside and mountains, I love to stay in bnbs with local families, in houses which are amidst nature, with fantastic views! Of course, sometimes, all you need is a ‘stay-for-the-night’ hotel when you’re on a long journey and the most important thing at the time is to have access to WiFi!

  11. I couldn’t agree more that on a road trip you should not pre-book hotels. On a bunch of occasions I’ve wanted to change my plans and been restricted by hotels I’d booked which had passed their cancellation period. Sometimes it is better to be spontaneous like we were when we found a little gem in a small Romanian town

  12. Hello Yukti!

    These tips are great – often I book my hotel rooms without considering the type of trip – so this list will help me maximise my experience for my next hotel stay!

    Btw, which hotel have you enjoyed the most so far?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Mick, It is difficult to tell which hotel because, I chose according to destination, so if I love that place then that hotel is surely on my list….

  13. These are very useful tips on hotel stays. We are very particular with location when we travel as who knows when the next time we will be back. Our rule of thumb in the past has been to not stay near bus or train stations!!

  14. These are great tips on choosing the right accommodation. I agree about the road trip options; I remember doing the road trip in the US and not liking any of the motels! Still, there was free, though unsecure, wifi. I do prefer the hotels out of the city; as long as they have all the facilities I need of course!

  15. I love that you’ve broken down this post into different types of hotel stays! Each type of vacation can be SO different in my experience, depending on where your hotel is located. I generally prefer hotels that are located in the middle of the city (if I can afford then). If not, I try to find a more affordable option where I can commute into the city to do tourist activities! My favorite is to stay in historical places, but you’re so right about the stairs!

  16. We too are quite finicky when it comes to choosing accommodation. Generally we prefer to stay away from the hustle and bustle when in big cities, though this results in a little inconvenience and more expense for commuting. But we feel it is worth it as we can get the best of both worlds. Your detailed analysis of the parameters to look at while choosing accommodation is quite detailed and useful.

  17. We are definitely a bit more picky about hotels now that we travel with our little ones, but in the end we still spend so little time in our hotel room (we basically come there to crash and leave early in the am) that we just want it to be clean, safe, and affordable.

  18. This post is really useful. You have made a really comprehensive list of selection criteria. Hotel selection plays a important role as few of our trips ended on a sour note due to bad hotels. El keep these tips handy.

  19. Very informative and cool tips before selecting any accommodation. I prefer to stay a bit away from top attractions but close to nature. Staying in a main city center always cost more. But it all depends on the selection of the destinations.

  20. That’s a very interesting article, it’s making me reflect on the things I normally look at when booking an accommodation. Normally the top three things are location (not necessarily super central as long as there are good connections) wifi and general reviews from other travelers. I also tend to stay more in bed & breakfast instead of big hotels, to have more authentic interactions with locals 🙂

  21. Great set of tips for hotel selection. I really like the different categories, and agree and priorities shift depending on whether you’re in a major city or doing something like taking a road trip across country and simply need a comfy spot for the night. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Some really important and practical tips you have given. And as you have said, the kind of hotel, entirely depends on the kind of vacation, and the type of destination. There have been times, where I have stayed in big cities, but had to travel some time to reach the points of interest, as my hostel was outside the city centre, and I was travelling on a budget.
    What I feel is, no matter the destination, access to the public transport, should always be given a priority.

  23. You explained it well! I visited big cities few times a year and we find being in a convenient location is so crucial. It saves you a lot of time getting to places especially when you have very little time. No matter where we go, we always look for stable WiFi too.

  24. Thanks for sharing your extensive tips!
    Choosing the right hotel accommodation is sometimes overwhelming especially when its affordable AF. But I always consider my travel lifestyle. I consider hotels that is safe (IMO) and comfortable based on my needs.

  25. This is a great post with a lot of helpful travel tips. I always find deciding where to stay the most time consuming as there are so many options. We love staying in kid friendly hotels and AirBnBs.

  26. You’ve presented a great compilation in terms of accomodations. When travelling solo or with family, I prefer to stay in the center, I love to take the vibe during my stay. The mansions are also a nice option, but are they costlier than hotels? From past few years I have grown an inclination for AirBnb too, have you explored that option yet?

    1. Yes, in big cities I too prefer city center to feel the vibes. Sometimes mansions are costlier but sometimes not, it depends on the owner and season also. I haven’t tried AirBnb as my friends have some other reviews of them, but have been to local stays at few places through references.

  27. What a well documented post! Full of really good tips 🙂 thank you for that! I, somehow, apply some of these tips, as I usually seek accommodation in the city centers, if I am on city breaks or really short city visits, but I always looks for something more remote if I am in nature, in the mountains or at the seaside. I usually prefer smaller, rather family run business than larger one, wherever I go 🙂
    I found very interesting the idea of living in a historical place – haven’t done it yet, but who knows? 🙂

  28. This is a great post! Lots of people are overwhelmed when picking accommodation. you broke it down well 🙂

  29. This is a solid list and I can tell your engineering background. I think I would modify the field properties for accommodation type == natural area. There are some hotels that give your preferential access to area. Certain hotels give you private trailheads, after hours access hot springs or beaches, or park access after the gates close. This is one of our favorite reasons to splurge on a nice property.

    1. Thanks Jenn, I loved how you described field properties and can make out my listing according to Engineering background.

  30. I love searching for and booking hotels and I also always look for the perfect hotel type for each destination. Like you I believe there is no one hotel that is perfect for all kinds of holidays and so your categorization makes a lot of sense to me.

  31. Perfectly logical. But me, I have decided to stay in timeshares because there is always a kitchen. I have the option of eating in most breakfasts and a few dinbers.

  32. Very well articulated. I agree that in big cities the location near public transport and food outlets matters a lot. While when in a natural surroundings, you must choose an accommodation with a view. And then there are so many accommodation options available, that one must research and compare based on their budget and choose the best possible for them

  33. These are all fantastic tips! I totally agree with you on city hotels – for me it’s all about convenience, so location is totally important. And also being close to public transport is great as well. On the other hand, if I am going somewhere that is more nature focused, totally a room with a view please. It’s so true that you are never going to find the ‘perfect’ hotel that ticks all the boxes, so it’s important to consider what is most important for you.

  34. For us, the main factor while selecting a hotel is its location it may not be centrally located but should be well connected by public transport. And if it is to someplace amidst nature then views matter too. Once in a while, we love to book a resort away from the city to relax and do nothing.

  35. Thank you for sharing your tips – they are really useful. I always spend way to much time on booking accommodation. Somehow I get sucked into this huge abyss of choices you can make, when you are looking for at place to spend the night. Last time we had to book a hotel I made my boyfriend do it 🙂

  36. We usually stay in hostels but I do think that each type of accommodation, even different types of hotels and hostels, have their place and their usefulness depending on the type of travelling you are doing. I know many times how the accommodation has been has really had an impact on our enjoyment of a place.

  37. You have some great suggestions here and this would be a good article for people who have never really traveled before. My deciding factor is always if they have good free wifi because we work on line. We have been caught before when they stay there have wifi and then it does not work and then we end up with a huge phone bill.

  38. I ahve to say this is going to be of huge help to me in future. When I book a hotel I usually check if the rooms are clean enough, service and location. Wifi is always welcome everywhere, but I’m going to keep in mind the rest of the tips. Thanks for sharing.

  39. This is a great post. You have narrowed down each point carefully. I loved the segregation, the plus points and difficulties. It is a useful post for every traveler. Loved reading it.

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