Whether you’re a frequent traveler or not, you certainly know that getting set to take a trip requires thinking ahead about a number of things. Perhaps the one part of planning a trip that gets people really on edge is having to book hotel accommodations for anywhere from one person to their entire family. You always want to be sure you find a great place to stay that has all of the things you want. More importantly, you also want to be sure you’re not in a position where you pay too much for your room.
It’s no secret that finding a place to stay when you travel is pretty easy to do. Watch television for long enough, and you’ll find that a number of the commercials you watch are about finding great deals when booking a hotel room. It’s no wonder that our biggest fear is feeling like a dope when we think we’ve paid more for a room than someone else. What’s more, if you’re too caught up in feeling ripped off on pricing, you’re not thinking about all of the other questions you should be asking.
Before you book a hotel room, be sure to ask yourself these questions:
When Is Check-In/Out? You’d hate to be penalized or lose a room because you didn’t know when to check in or out of your hotel. Most hotels have this information noted on their site.
Are There Discounts Available? If you happen to have affiliations and memberships with certain organizations, you might be entitled to a break on pricing for your hotel room. Every little bit helps.
What Kind of Access to Amenities Will I Have? Oddly enough, some hotels can be a little odd about who has access to what. If you’re not big on extras, it’s no big deal, but if you think that amenities are a part of the hotel experience, you might want to figure out what things you really want & see if your prospective hotel can meet these needs.
What Is the Internet Situation? Even though we’re used to the idea that everyone has internet access, some hotels don’t or charge for it. Ask yourself if you need it or not.
Does My Prospective Hotel Serve Breakfast? It seems like a little thing, but you may want a meal before hitting the bricks during your trip. A complimentary breakfast is a great way to not only start your day right, but it also means you don’t have to spend money for a meal while you’re out.
If you book hotel rooms regularly or not, it’s important to ask these questions before making a final call on where you want to stay. Moreover, travel experts are quick to note that for all of the questions we ask ourselves about what we want out of our travel accommodations, we’re not very good about asking questions of the hotels we’re considering. What do these experts believe is the best advice they can give about booking hotel rooms? Call the hotel directly. It’s a lost art, but sometimes you will find that the ability to make a human connection via telephone will not only yield the answers you want, but you may actually get more helpful information than you anticipated.