With all the preparations that come with traveling out of town, whether it be for vacation or business, Knowing what to look for when making your hotel arrangements can make booking the room a whole lot easier.
I have put together some general questions that you should ask yourself when choosing which hotel best suits your needs. Although everybody has different needs and wants when it comes to the type of accommodations, this list should take care of most.
1) How far is the hotel from local attractions?
Depending on the reason you are visiting the city or town your in you may want to check out the local attractions and restaurants. When booking your room it is always good to ask if they are close to the main attractions or whatever your interest is. If it is out of walking distance you will have to either arrange for cabs, public transit or rent a car. Remember that with renting a car comes the possible add expense of parking.
2) Are smoking and Non smoking rooms available?
Whether you are a smoker or not you want to make sure you end up in a room that fits your needs. Some hotels are now choosing to not offer any smoking rooms and the ones that still do will sometimes designate one or two floors to smoking.
3) What are the check in and check out times?
Most hotels will have check out times between 10 am and 1 pm and check in times can vary. Many hotels will only promise to hold a booked room until a specific time of the night and may give it to another customer if you are not there by a certain time. It is always a good idea to find out if such a policy exists with the hotel you are choosing and if needed, explain your situation.
4) What is the parking situation?
Is there a charge? Hotels all have parking of some sort available. In the larger cities, where space is at a premium, the parking can be in underground garages and may only have a limited number of spaces available. It is always a good idea to find out what the rates are for parking. Is there one flat rate for your stay? Daily rates? If the prices seem a bit high you may want to look into any public parking close by that allows overnight parking, in some cases this can be cheaper however not as secure or as well guarded as a hotels parking usually.
5) Is there room service?
If your staying overnight you will most likely be eating out. Knowing if your hotel has a restaurant and / or has room service can save you loads of time.
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