How to Choose a Hotel

How to choose a hotel or any type of accommodation: a mini-guide with tips and tricks to help you make the right choice. Are you thinking about your next holiday? One of the most expensive expenses you will have to bear is related to your accommodation.

In proportion to your budget, this is always one of the most significant expenses and one that determines the duration, quality, and satisfaction you will experience during your travel experience.

By reading all the content on this Blog, you will learn to organize trips like a professional and use all possible expedients to plan your ideal trip while spending your money wisely.

Knowing all the factors that come into play when thinking about how to choose a hotel is crucial for the success of your travel project.

Let’s see what factors you should consider:

How to choose a hotel: the type of trip

The hotel you choose must adapt to the type of travel experience you intend to live.

You shouldn’t have to adapt to the hotel! There are hotels of different types, with different costs, and located in different positions relative to the attractions offered by the territory. Therefore, before choosing your hotel, consider what activities you want to do once you arrive at your chosen travel destination.

Booking a luxury hotel with a spa and gourmet restaurant makes no sense if the purpose of your trip is to go hiking all day and if you will only stay in the hotel just long enough to rest. In this case, the budget reserved for overnight stays is secondary to that employed to carry out the activity that prompted you to organize the trip, and to be completely satisfied, you will only need a comfortable clean bed and a good hot shower.

However, if the main purpose of your trip is relaxation, choosing a very comfortable hotel will be your priority. You will be happy to spend to stay in a comfortable facility that meets your needs. The additional services, concierge, breakfast, level of professionalism, and quality of the restaurant in this case will be determining factors for the perfect success of your holiday.

The type of trip you are planning is therefore a determining factor that significantly influences the criteria you use when deciding how to choose a hotel and that you must consider from the early stages of planning your trip.

How to Choose a Hotel

How to Choose a Hotel: The Distance Factor

Did you know that a hotel’s location is one of the factors that most significantly affects its price? In an art city, hotels in the historical center cost much more than those on the outskirts. In a ski resort, hotels from which the ski lifts can be reached on foot are the most expensive.

Before booking your hotel, answer these questions:

  • Are you traveling with your own means of transportation (car, motorcycle, bike)?
  • What are the main activities you intend to do once you arrive at your destination, and where are they located?
  • Will you use your hotel as a base to return to multiple times a day, or just as a place to rest?

Obviously, based on your answers, you will have a clear picture of your needs and can adjust accordingly:

  • If you’re traveling with your own transportation and will only use the hotel for sleeping, why would you need to be in the city center and spend more than a hotel on the outskirts?
  • Conversely, if you’re traveling on foot and need to visit museums and monuments in the historical center, being centrally located is vital!

When thinking about how to choose a hotel, carefully consider the distance factor! You’ll avoid spending more than necessary or ruining a vacation because you miscalculated the time (and costs) required to reach your points of interest.

Did you know that Google Maps offers free tools to find hotels and activities near your destination? You can use this tool to assess the distance from your points of interest and decide how to choose a hotel accordingly. If you’ve never used Google Maps as an alternative to Booking, read the post I dedicated to the topic, and you’ll also find some tips on how to save money.

Google Maps can also help you plan your movements after arriving at the hotel and find activities to do nearby. You can even create multi-layer maps dedicated to the different activities you want to do. In “How to Use Google Maps to Plan a Trip,” I explain in detail how to do this.

How to Choose a Hotel

How to Choose a Hotel: The Price Factor

The first thing you think of when planning travel expenses is budget optimization. Accommodation expenses are one of the items that most significantly impact your budget, and it’s extremely important to carefully consider which hotel to choose.

Firstly, you must keep in mind the purpose of your need for accommodation:

  • Do you need to stay in a hotel, or will you use it just for sleeping?

After carefully evaluating the distance factor, you have the opportunity to use all the tools the internet provides (all for free!) to make the best possible choice:

  • Use Google Maps to identify all the hotels (and all types of accommodation) that match your needs.
  • Compare the results found on Google Maps with those suggested by Booking.com and follow the instructions I’ve gathered in the post on how to (not) use Booking to save money.
  • Once you’ve selected potential hotels to book, also search for them on all other booking portals (Expedia, Trivago, Hotels, AirBnB) and compare prices and available offers.
  • Read reviews on all sites. Try to understand if, in addition to price and location, the hotels you’ve chosen meet your needs.
  • Verify (using Google Maps) that the hotel has a Google Business card and a website.
  • Compare the rates you’ve found with those on the official site: they should be lower, or you might find special offers.

Come scegliere un Hotel: Il fattore prezzo

La prima cosa a cui pensi quando devi pianificare le spese di viaggio è l’ottimizzazione del budget. Le spese necessarie per l’alloggio sono una delle voci che incidono maggiormente sul tuo bilancio ed è estremamente importante pensare bene a quale hotel scegliere.

Per prima cosa devi tenere a mente lo scopo del tuo bisogno di alloggio:

Hai bisogno di soggiornare in hotel o lo userai solo per dormire?
A questo punto, dopo aver ben valutato il fattore distanza, hai la possibilità di sfruttare tutti gli strumenti che internet ti mette a disposizione (e sono tutti gratis!) per fare la scelta migliore possibile:

  • usa Google Maps per individuare tutti gli hotel (e tutti i tipi di alloggio) che sono compatibili con le tue esigenze
  • confronta i risultati trovati con Google Maps con quelli che ti suggerisce Booking.com e segui le istruzioni che ho raccolto nel post su come (non) usare Booking per risparmiare.
  • una volta selezionati i potenziali hotel in cui prenotare cercali anche su tutti gli altri portali di prenotazione (Expedia, Trivago, Hotels, AirBnB) e confronta i prezzi e le offerte disponibili.
  • leggi le recensioni, su tutti i siti. Cerca di capire se, oltre al prezzo e alla posizione, gli hotels che hai scelto sono compatibili con le tue esigenze
  • verifica (usando Google Maps) che l’hotel abbia la scheda Google Business e un sito web
  • confronta le tariffe che hai trovato con quelle presenti sul sito ufficiale: dovrebbero essere inferiori o potresti trovare delle offerte
How to Choose a Hotel

How to Choose a Hotel: Conclusions

At this point, you have all the necessary data to make your decision and all the elements needed to know how to choose a hotel like a true professional.

Don’t let yourself be influenced only by the price factor! Sometimes it’s worth spending a bit more to stay in a comfortable facility (or closer to your point of interest), while other times it’s better to spend as little as possible to rest and allocate a larger portion of the budget to perform the activities you love and that are the real reason why you organized your trip.

Remember that only by experiencing the reality of the travel destination you visit can you truly realize its real potential.

Until not so long ago, this was the competitive advantage of travel agencies that had contacts and knowledge of the places. If you really want to take advantage of the internet’s potential, you must pair your hotel search with a long period of study on the destination you intend to reach.

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