Traveling and hotels are a huge part of the experience when visiting a new place. Whether it’s an opulent and iconic grand hotel, a boutique and cool-minded hostel, a picturesque inn out of a storybook, a beachside resort or something entirely different like an Airbnb or private home rental, lodging can make or break a vacation.
When choosing a hotel, it is important to consider what the most important things are for you. Is it luxury and amenities, or is it location? It is also a good idea to look at reviews, especially on TripAdvisor. This will give you an idea about what other travelers liked about the hotel as well as what they didn’t like. If business travelers complain that the internet is unreliable or solo travelers are dissatisfied with not having a second lock on their door, these are things that you should keep in mind when making your selection.
Another thing to remember is that just because a hotel advertises that they have certain things, such as free breakfast or shuttle service, doesn’t mean those are always included. For instance, it is common for some hotels to put a daily limit on their WiFi access. This can cost you a lot of money over the course of your stay if not accounted for.
Finally, it’s important to remember that since the pandemic began, many hotels have had to cut staff and have reduced their capacity. This has created some unique situations for guests and their employees. If you are staying in a hotel, it’s a good idea to tip the housekeeping staff and other staffers generously as they have been working extra hard in an already stressful situation.