5 Ways to Choose Your Hotel

You are planning a holiday abroad for your family, and want everyone to have a good time. You surf the internet for hotel descriptions, but from the pictures that you see and what you read, all hotels project a perfect image of themselves. How can you tell which ones are better? You have never been there and know no one at your destination. At the same time, you don’t want a hotel room that will bust your budget. How do you choose?

Check Independent Hotel Ratings

Well, the first step you can take is to visit hotel search engines for guest ratings for hotels represented by the search engines. In addition to pre-negotiated rates with individual hotels, most agents ask for ratings and comments from previous guests. Reading their comments will give you a fair idea on what to expect from the hotels located in your destination. Be sure to read a few comments in order to get a fair overview. Certain incidences described may only be rare occurrences that may already have been corrected.

Hotel Chains and Facilities

Are they part of an international hotel chain? Most international chains have stringent standards that are adhered to as well as a standard theme across all chains. They may have similar facilities (health clubs, spas, business centers, etc) which are important to maintain the hotel’s high standards. Other things you can look out for include concierge, shuttle services to the city, airport transfers as well as good laundry services.

Location

Perhaps one of the most critical things when selecting a hotel is its location. Hotels that are near to shopping areas, train stations or the city center charge higher rates as compared to those located elsewhere. Analyze a map of the area before you book to determine the nearest shopping areas or access to trains which will give you much convenience in moving around. Also, check with the hotel if they have any large tour groups coming in at the same time. Hotels charge higher rates during high occupancy periods and do not have the flexibility of late check-outs. These are important aspects which, if overlooked, may affect your tour schedule as well as your impression of the hotel’s level of hospitality.

Rates and Discounts

Hotel rates are a huge factor when it comes to choosing a hotel. However, paying more does not necessarily mean that you will receive an equivalent level of service and standards. One of the ways to maximize on prices would be check if they are part of an alliance with flights or car rental companies, which offer discounts to customers of their allies. Sometimes, credit card companies offer their cardholders exclusive rates to special hotels which can be pretty attractive. Additionally, if it’s possible to use your frequent flyer points to redeem hotel discounts, this could help reduce hotel costs as well.

Boutique Hotels

Finally, apart from chain hotels, boutique hotels may are great alternatives for romantic getaways for couples or families seeking hotels of a more distinctive theme. Many boutique hotels have fewer rooms but offer more value added services such as spas within the bedroom, breakfasts in bed or even in-room massages. In the end, your choice of hotel really depends on what you want out of your holiday.

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Car Rental Safety During Traveling

What do I need to do before I leave the rental lot?

You’re in a big hurry now that you’re got the car, but take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this new car.

Check the car for interior or exterior damage.

Find the lights, radio, wipers, turn signals, cruise control and side mirror controls before you leave the lot.

Set the seat and the mirrors to a level where you are comfortable.

It’s also a good idea to study the map and find the route to your destination before you begin driving.

Insurance is a good thing to already own

Taking a risk might be good with poker or with your stocks, but when it comes to renting a car, do you really want to forgo insurance? Sure car rental insurance is complicated (even the counter agents don’t know everything), but it is an unwise decision to drive without a safety net. Your cheap car rentals might not be as cheap as you think they are if you option to buy the car rental agency’s insurance.

The best way to answer your questions about car rental insurance is to check with your credit card company, personal and auto insurance carrier, and the rental car company itself. Be advised that you should not feel pressured to buy the rental company’s insurance. Why pay for something you might already have? Take the time to check your own existing policy first. Note that there could be certain restrictions to your own policy and that certain rental vehicles might not be covered. If you’re thinking about renting that Jaguar, you might want to reconsider if your own policy won’t cover such a high-end vehicle.

It is unfortunate to note that rental cars are moving targets for theft. However, most rental companies have recently stopped labeling their rental vehicles with their corporate logos. It is a good idea to ensure there are no logos or stickers on your particular rental car. If there is one, you could ask for their immediate removal.

Here are some safety tips: 

  • Always be wary of pulling over, especially if it is dark or if you are unfamiliar with the territory.
  • Never exit your car until you are sure that the situation is safe.
  • Keep all your luggage in the trunk. Do not draw attention to the fact that you are a visitor.
  • Stay on the the main roads and stick to your planned route.

The Grand Teton Mountain Range

I am sixty years old, which qualifies me to give advice to young adults. I said that to get your attention, but a lot of folks my age and older have been there and done that and can be a valuable source of knowledge to those in the twenties and thirties. My advice centers on understanding that at a young age, under most circumstances, your most valuable commodity is time.

There is so much you can do with time, unless you are limited by poor health or insufficient wealth. Assuming that you do not yet suffer from the former, the chances are greater that you are afflicted by the latter. That is why you are likely investing your time and money into educating yourself, in competing for a better job, or in cobbling together more jobs. You marry and have children, a blessing, but also a condemnation of you to work until you are my age. Before these things take hold of you completely, right now, decide to experience wild America. Go see the west!

You need a target. I suggest The Grand Teton Mountain Range in Wyoming. Organize your favorite people and suggest that all of you should invest time into getting into great shape by hiking, biking, and climbing. Find the local trails, campsites, and nature’s beauty that you can see and enjoy with borrowed or used gear so that you can learn your level of commitment and decide on which gear you will buy. But, while you get yourself into great shape and while you bring your friends up to the thrill of adventure, set your sights on the Tetons.

Your greatest expense will likely be flying to Jackson Hole. Coordinate your first trip with your friends and try to get a great air fare for late Spring or early Fall. The Tetons are north of Jackson Hole. Jackson Lake Lodge is the best place to take in the panoramic view. It is expensive to stay there, but you can go there for free and have a great lunch with a view for a reasonable price. Once that view gets your heart pumping, follow your plan to hike and camp along one of the ten major trails that lead into the range. You will never forget this!

Likely, you will be fired up to take on the rest of wild western America while you are still young. Yellowstone is north of the Tetons. Southern Utah red rock country simply must be experienced. Yosemite in California, Denali in Alaska, and hundreds of other hiking locales beckon. You must start young, be in shape, have a plan, and just do it or you will squander your time and be sixty-years-old, compelled to only look at these adventures from your hotel.

Take precautions: Don’t do unsafe things in wild America. Be careful with fire, respectful of weather, mind your footing, keep a good source of communications, a reliable means to filter water, travel light, bring bear spray, and rope to put your food in a tree away from a camp at night. Travel in a group of at least four people. Other than that, get your happy face on and use your valuable time to get to the marrow of life. Go wild!