Staying at a hotel can be an extreme experience in multiple ways. It is likely that many of us have experienced a wonderful get away at a beautiful location with amazing accommodations and top notch amenities. It is equally as likely though that unfortunately, most of us have also experienced the opposite. You or someone you know has probably had an experience staying in a low cost hotel (or even a pricey well rated one) that was simply an awful experience. These types of trips are never fun and any traveler worth their salt knows a few things to do to try and avoid running into a situation like this again in the future. If you are new to the hotel stay world though, or just looking for some advice as to how to avoid the unfortunate long weekend in a really dingy old hotel, this article is being written to give you the suggestions needed to make the right call when it comes to booking your next hotel stay.
1. Read the reviews. This is one of the most simple steps anyone can take when looking for a low cost hotel that meets the needs of their travel plans. However, this is also unfortunately, one of the most often overlooked steps. People all too often just google search the area where they are planning to stop for the night or on their mini vacation and either go with the lowest priced hotel or one with a big name that they are familiar with. This is not the best idea though because a lot of low priced hotels are low priced because you are in for a really bad experience and a lot of the big names you know from their fancy commercials, are franchised out to smaller business owners and may not be up to the standards you are used to from past experience with that company. So do yourself a favor, hop online and read the reviews about the potential hotel you are considering making your resting place before you go ahead and spend your money to book it.
2. This may seem obvious, but keep in mind the needs of the people in your party. Many people are shocked to find that not all facilities are equipped to deal with individual needs of their clients and this is especially important if you have someone in a wheel chair or who has some other type of significant impairment. You will want to make sure the facility is a handicap accessible hotel and/or meets any other significant needs you or your party members may have.
3. Finally but not least importantly, you will want to check on price. Of course the reviews are important, but they do you no good at all if you cannot afford to stay at the hotel. So look for a low cost hotel where you and your family or friends can get the most bang for your buck. Make sure the place is clean and professional looking, but shop for value.