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How to choose a hotel while traveling: non-obvious nuances that you did not know about

Albina PanchenkoNews
What to look for when choosing a hotel

You've already packed for your trip, chosen a destination, and prepared a suitcase with nice clothes and comfortable shoes but still struggling with the hotel? Then read this guide to choosing a place to stay abroad. Please note that these are only subjective tips from travel 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 center. For many resorts, it can be the coastline, ski slopes, a green area nearby, etc. In addition, evaluate the transport accessibility, the overall level of security in the selected area, the availability of shops, shopping centers, 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 this 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 additional costs, which are usually written in small print at the very bottom of the page: parking, laundry and ironing, Wi-Fi, breakfast, and excursions. Some hotels even charge for an extra set of bed linen and unscheduled room cleaning.
How to choose a hotel while traveling: non-obvious nuances that you did not know about
  • Service. When choosing a hotel, pay attention to the amenities it offers. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, check if there is a spa, a swimming pool, a restaurant, and other services that can make your vacation 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, round-the-clock security, etc. 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.
How to choose a hotel while traveling: non-obvious nuances that you did not know about

And now it's time to move on to the non-obvious things that tourists often forget about. They can really ruin your vacation. So don't ignore these nuances:

  • Before you book a hotel abroad, it's important to study the cultural peculiarities of the place 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.
  • Concert programs and on-site parties can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. If you want to spend a quiet vacation, you're unlikely to like the screaming 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 vacation if you don't hear a child running around in the room above you or a married couple arguing behind the wall.
How to choose a hotel while traveling: non-obvious nuances that you did not know about

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

In general, this stage of travel preparation 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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