How to choose a hotel when travelling: unobvious nuances you didn't know

Albina PanchenkoLife
What to look for when choosing a hotel

You've already packed for your trip, chosen a destination, prepared a suitcase with nice clothes and comfortable shoes, but you're still struggling with the hotel? Then read this guide on choosing a place to stay abroad. Please note that these are only subjective tips from tourism enthusiasts, so your criteria may be completely different.

Let's start with the obvious things to look for when choosing a hotel:

  • Location. A lot depends on it. First of all, the price. The closer you are to tourist attractions, the more expensive your room will be. And it's not just about the city centre. For many resorts, this can be the coastline, ski slopes, and a green area nearby. In addition, evaluate the transport accessibility, the overall level of security in the chosen area, the availability of shops, shopping centres, restaurants and, if necessary, other important institutions.
  • Rating and reviews. Of course, this is the most subjective point, but it's still worth reading the opinions of other hotel guests. This will help you understand how well the accommodation meets your needs and expectations. The reviews can also give you information about the service, the condition of the rooms, and whether there are any additional services, such as SPA, baths or saunas, laundry, etc.
  • Price. There's not much to explain here, because most of us look at hotel prices first. But not everyone takes into account the additional costs that are usually written in the small print at the very bottom of the page: parking, laundry and ironing, Wi-Fi, breakfast, excursions. Some hotels even charge for an extra set of bed linen and unscheduled room cleaning.
  • Service. When choosing a hotel, pay attention to the facilities it offers. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, check if there is a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and other services that can make your holiday more comfortable. It's also important to consider your personal needs, for example, if you have children, you might want to check for a playground and a playroom.
  • Safety. This is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a hotel abroad. Make sure that your accommodation provides appropriate security measures, such as access control systems, surveillance cameras, and round-the-clock security. It is also important to pay attention to local rules and guidelines, which can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Now let's move on to the non-obvious things that tourists often forget about. But they can really ruin your holiday. So don't ignore these nuances:

  • Before you book a hotel abroad, it is important to study the cultural peculiarities of the place where you plan to stay. For example, some countries may have special rules and customs that you should know to avoid misunderstandings. We also recommend learning at least a few words in the local language to be more prepared for communication.
  • Having your own recreation area on site also greatly affects your comfort level. You won't always want to go on excursions or go for a walk, and spending all your time in your room is not very pleasant either.
  • On-site concerts and parties can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. If you want to spend your holiday in peace, you will hardly like the screams from the karaoke or loud music at two in the morning.
  • Soundproofing rooms is a big plus when choosing a hotel. You can't even imagine how much it will improve your holiday if you don't hear a child running around in the room above you or a married couple arguing behind the wall.

Choosing a hotel abroad can be tricky, but if you pay attention to these things, you can find a location that meets your needs and expectations. Don't forget that it's important to plan ahead and think about your choices.

In general, this stage of preparation for a trip can be a bit difficult, but if you study all possible aspects, do your research and pay attention to important factors, you will be able to find the perfect option for yourself.

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