Good hotels are always hard to come by. Hotels have more to do with the people staying there than the physical place. I’ve stayed in dumps where I had fun because of the people there, and been to amazing, beautiful hotels that bored me to death.
While hoteling is about the people staying in a place, a traveler’s needs is always better because it enhances the travel experience. When trying to pick a good hotel, here are some tips to consider:
Cheaper is not better
Budget travelers have a natural inclination to go with the cheapest thing around. However, don’t try to save a buck just to save a buck. Super cheap hotels are often unclean, with uncomfortable beds, dirty showers, and thinner pillows. Pay an extra dollar or two for nicer and cleaner digs. Your body will thank you.
Check out late
Never stay at a hotel with a checkout time before 10am. The best hotels have 11am checkout times, and the really good ones let you checkout at noon. Sleep is valuable on the road, because you’ll rarely get enough of it. Hotels with late checkout times understand this and are often more relaxed and chiller environments. There’s just something wrong about a hotel asking you to be packed and out so early in the morning.
On the flip side of this, I like hotels that have flexible check-ins. Many don’t let you check-in before 2pm, but I like the ones that say “OK, the bed is ready. Come in now!”
Just say no to push-button showers! They are annoying and often have no water pressure. You don’t want the water to turn off mid-soaping. My rule of thumb is that if a hotel has a push-button shower, I don’t stay there.
While the Internet isn’t a must for all travelers, a hotel with free Wi-Fi and computer terminals makes life a lot easier.
Bars are not a deal-breaker, and there are a lot of wonderful hotels without them, but they make for a great place to socialize with other hotel guests. Usually if a hotel has a bar, they put a strong emphasis on making sure the people staying there are having fun, interacting, and being festive.
If the hostel doesn’t have a bar, it should have a big common area. The best hostels are the ones that give travelers a place to hang out and socialize with each other. Common areas facilitate interaction and help solo travelers have an easier time meeting people. The best hostels I’ve ever stayed at always had an amazing common area.
Employees make any business, and when I find the staff of hostels helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly, I like that place a lot better. A hostel is like a home, and you want the people there to welcome you like a long-lost family member. I never understood why hostels don’t recognize that being a hostel is not about being a cheap place to stay, it’s about creating a warm environment.
What makes hotels great are the people, and even the worst hotels will be great if you meet good people. But removing the people from the equation, I look for hotels that have some of the above qualities in them. Hotels that know what you want as a traveler are there to enhance your travel experience, not simply take money from you in exchange for a bed. I would rather stay at a place that is looking to make sure I have a good time. Visit http://www.allasiatravel.com