7 Tips for Choosing the Best Accommodations for Your Next Trip

The right accommodations can end up making or breaking a vacation trip. Not only do they provide a place to store your belongings while you are away from home, but they give you a place to rest and relax between busy activities, and sleep at the end of a long day. It is important when making vacation plans that you put some thought and time into choosing the best accommodations for your needs and budget. If you keep a few simple tips in mind, it can make the process much easier.


1. What do you want to see while there?
Consider what attractions you will be visiting or people you will be seeing while in the area. Try to find accommodations within walking distance or a short driving distance from these attractions. In some cities it can be hard to find parking, or parking may be expensive, so it is better to walk when you want to go somewhere. Staying at a hotel or motel that is central to attractions and within walking distance of eateries and stores can save you time and money.


2. Read reviews of the hotel
Take the time to read online reviews from previous guests that have stayed at your hotel or motel. They may not be located directly on the website of the business itself, but oftentimes the websites that allow you to book at multiple hotels will also have a place for user reviews of the accommodations.


3. Discounts
Look into what discounts may be available to you because of memberships you have. AARP offers discounts at several hotel chains for members, as does AAA. If you work in a government position you may also be eligible for some type of discount on your hotel room.


4. Are there any other discounts available for you?
Also look into whether or not discounts are available to you if you are attending an event. Some conventions and other types of events work with local hotels to give discounts on rooms to attendees. You must book these rooms using a discount code or through the event itself in order to get your savings, and usually there are only a certain number of rooms available at the special rate, so you need to book your stay as soon as possible.


5. Comparing prices
Compare prices when booking your hotel or motel room. Don’t just choose the first place you see or think of. Take the time to go online to a website that shows multiple businesses at once and read up on all of the prices, amenities available, and locations. Consider everything you want and need in a hotel room and make sure that the place you pick meets all of these requirements.


6. Join a discount or rewards program
Join a discount or rewards program. If you travel frequently and stay at the same hotel chain locations over and over, you may be eligible to join a rewards program. Over time you may not only earn discounts on your stays, but even earn free nights. Staying at a chain can also make things more comfortable for you, as you will know what kind of amenities to expect and what kind of hotel rooms you will find.


7. What does the hotel have for you?
Consider what amenities you want and need during your stay. Some hotels have room features such as flat screen television sets, irons, bathrobes, coffee machines, and even microwaves. If you are staying several days you may want to have more of these types of amenities. Some hotels also have free wireless internet service, indoor or outdoor pools, fitness rooms, business centers, and even on site dining. Find out if the business you are staying at offers these amenities if you need them and that will help make your stay a lot better.

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