Choosing a hotel for a business trip or a vacation is a big deal. You want the best place you can get, no one wants to be stuck in a dirty, sketchy place where you do not find it safe to even sit on the bed let alone get in it. But how do you know which hotel is a good hotel? It is not really about room size or how big the towels are, but instead most people agree it's the little things that make a hotel feel like home.
If the hotel staff is helpful, friendly and show a lot of hospitality, you know you're in the right place. It also of course helps that the lobby is well lit and clean as this is a precursor of things to come. If you can check in without a hitch and your key card actually works for your room you're in business. Careless check in and key cards that just will not allow you into your room, the pool, the gym, etc just are not good enough in this day and age.
Next is location. If you are going on vacation to a specific place, like a theme park or a monument, you will want a hotel that is close enough so that you are not traveling for hours on end once you get to your destination. Thankfully with the internet, you can look at where hotels are in respect to where you want to go before you even leave home.
And then there are the amenities, those things that make your stay more enjoyable and more like home. We're talking comfortable, clean beds, lots of nice things in the bathroom to use, a good amount of towels, in room coffee and tea, clean glasses and cups, a decent television and free WiFi. An in room microwave and fridge are also great amenities, especially if you are traveling with kids, but are also great to keep and reheat your dinner leftovers later on when you get peckish.
With online reviews you can get a pretty decent picture of most hotels on your list. And with so much competition chains are racing to be bigger and better than their competitors down the street which is only good news for us, the travelers and the ones actually staying in the rooms.
Another good thing to look for is perks that hotels give for repeat guests. Play your cards right and you may just get a free night!