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Comparing Hotels - It`s Not Just About Price!

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When comparing hotels it is really important to factor in more than just cost. Whilst your budget will have a large impact on the hotel you choose, it shouldn't`be the driving factor. Spending lots on a hotel doesn't guarantee it has everything you need and paying rock bottom could result in a dismal stay. Comparing hotels involves considering all the things you need from your holiday or business trip accommodation including location, facilities and dining options.

Comparing Facilities

Facilities and hotel ranking don`t always match up and a four star hotel may not offer the things you need whereas a three star down the road does. As a general rule, the more you pay and the higher the starring the better the hotel, but this is not the full story.

Start by listing the top five things you need from your hotel. If you are on a business trip these could be an early breakfast option, free wi fi, a shirt ironing service, a fax machine and free car parking perhaps. If you are taking the kids away for a week in the sun your needs could be hugely different. In this case your top five could be a swimming pool, a babysitter service, children`s entertainment, a family friendly restaurant and a short walk to the beach. Once you have worked out what you need you can compare hotels and sort according to how many of your boxes they tick.

Where It Is

Location is very important and is probably one of the overriding factors when choosing a hotel. Once you have picked your location you can compare accommodation based on the hotels within a small radius, vastly helping with your selection. Business stays may need to be close to a motorway or an airport without much need for being near the sea or having a stunning view. Whilst families may want to be staying close to all the action, near to the centre of a town or resort.

Restaurant And Bar

Seeing as we all eat three times a day it is important to compare the eating facilities at potential hotels. How important is it that they serve breakfast? What time do they serve it until, will you be up in time? What is the latest you can eat dinner and do they cater for your dietary requirements? You may also need to check if they provide high chairs or booster seats as well as a kid friendly menu.

Comparing hotels is about so much more than price, it is about finding the best place to stay which caters for your needs. It is no good finding the cheapest hotel in town if you need to travel every day to the beach or a swimming pool. There is also no need to pay top dollar if you just want somewhere close to the airport to rest your head for the night. Seeking out hotel information on a website such as will help you come to the right decision by comparing not only price but all these other factors too.

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