One of the most exciting parts of going on holiday is exploring new places and staying somewhere that’s different from home.
While you’re away your hotel is home base; and no matter what budget you’re on you’ll want somewhere clean and comfortable to relax in between exploring and any other things you have planned to do.
These days even small cities have several hotels to choose from so no matter what your priorities are, rest assured you’ll able to find something that suits you – whether you’re travelling for a few days or a few weeks.
Different hotels for different needs
Whether you’re searching for budget accommodation or a luxury hotel with no expenses spared, different hotels meet different needs. Hotel chains like the Premier Inn have accommodation all over the UK and specialise in clean, budget-friendly rooms, while boutique hotel chains like Malmaison are known for their elegant rooms and unique spaces.
If you don’t know an area well or simply want to see what is out there, price comparison websites are an easy way to browse your options; sites like booking.com will let you read reviews by mature couples to give you an idea of how other travellers enjoyed the hotel in their own words. You have the option to book a room online and pay for it before you get there – typically choosing this option will give you access to a special discount.
Services like Last Minute on the other hand have been designed to help you find the best hotel rooms on short notice, and even offer a service that let’s you book a luxury ‘Top Secret’ hotel room – you select the area you’d like to stay in but the hotel is a mystery until after you have made a booking.
On hotel booking websites like Expedia, you can book your entire holiday in one place, from hotel to rental car or flights. This is another way to find potential savings, and often these websites have exclusive sale prices on the most popular hotels in top cities.
Factors to consider when booking a hotel room
Your hotel can have a big impact on how you feel on holiday so take some time to consider what’s most important to you. Each hotel will offer something different, and while star rating is a good indicator of the hotel quality, there are other things that might factor into your decision, like close proximity to family or a local attraction you’re interested in visiting.
If you’re booking a hotel in the city a central location within close walking distance of major historical sights might be more important than staying in a luxury hotel further away. Some hotels will offer additional perks like airport shuttle, free breakfast, access to a spa or health club and ironing service. This can make your stay more convenient, however it will be reflected in the price of the room so if additional features like this are not important to you, you may want to consider a hotel that offers a no-frills approach and passes those savings on to guests.
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