Booking a hotel can be an exciting but difficult task, with so many different types of hotels and so many things to consider, it can become a bit overwhelming. Luckily, there are a few ways to break down the different types of hotels so you can find the best one for you and your travel needs.
The first step to booking your perfect hotel is know what kind is going to suit you best. Hotels are categorised by a few factors; size, type of holiday and level of service. All of these things will determine your costs and experience of your accommodation.
The size of the hotel is generally determined by how many rooms or guests it caters to, although this doesn’t necessarily mean the smallest hotels will be the cheapest, or the largest the most expensive. The size of the hotel will give you an indication of how many people you’ll be sharing the amenities with though, and the physical size of the hotel.
For example, if you’re looking for a more relaxed and personal hotel experience, than a smaller hotel would be ideal for you. On the other hand, if you wanted a social experience with an opportunity to meet a vast amount of people, than a larger hotel would probably be more of your kind of thing.
The size of the hotel may also determine the type of hotel you’re staying in; this is where the target audience classification comes in. Working out what style holiday you’re having, will help you find the best hotel for you.
For example; Business Hotels are the largest group of hotel types and although they do primarily cater business travellers (they offer facilities such as daily newspapers and coffees, gyms and swimming pools), they are also a popular choice for tour groups or individual travellers, as they have all the basic amenities you would need to have a comfortable and pleasant stay, without the unnecessary (and usually costly) extras found in luxury suits or resorts.
Although, if you are looking for a roomy, “homey” feel to your accommodation or just want to try the latest trend in the hotel industry, then a ‘suite style’ hotel might just be for you.
Most* hotels usually offer a bedroom with an adjoining en-suite, ‘suite hotels’ step it up just that bit more by offering an extra ‘lounge room type’ living or entertaining space.
These can be ideal for travelling families as it offers more room for the little ones to sleep, without having to pay for a separate room, or having the stress of the family being spread across two or more rooms.
They’re also a great option for group travellers,as it offers another space that can be used for relaxing, while maintaining the privacy your own bedroom.
Another popular type of hotel, especially among those looking for a more luxuries and ‘all inclusive” hotel experience, then look no further than your destinations best Resort! Resort hotels are usually located in the mountains, on an island or in a scenic location outside of the hustle and bustle of the city of suburbia, and generally come with a 4-5 star rating!
Resorts are well known for their amazing facilities and amenities that are offered to their guests; from golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, pamper spas, sailing and skiing opportunities (depending on your location), not to mention an abundance of hotels and bars.
You could go on holiday and never even have to leave the resort!
The room styles vary across different resorts, with them usually being big enough to offer a selection of different style rooms depending on your budget (single room, suite rooms, or fully equipped rooms with living areas, a kitchen and even multiple bedrooms.
Resort hotels are always a great option for accommodation as they don’t just cater to one type of traveller, whether you’re going on a relaxing, romantic getaway, a family holiday, a solo trip, or a bit more of an adventurous/party type trip, you can be sure there’s something for everyone in a beautiful and luxurious location.
On the other hand, for those who are looking for a low budget or ‘limited service’ accommodation, should look for hotels with a one to two star rating, and consider swapping the extra ‘frills’ of a resort or even business hotels for the basic amenities of affordable and comfortable living.
Most low budget hotels will still offer clean and functioning rooms, a swimming pool, or some type of in house recreation, all you basic inclusions like a safe to keep your important belongings, WIFI, and house keeping services.
Low budget hotels are great for those travellers who want to spend more time out exploring than in their hotel room, but still want something nice and comfortable to come back and relax in.
While these are the main types of hotels, there are a few more, possibly less well known types, such as Casino Hotels. As the name states, casino hotels are hotels with gambling facilities within the same complex or within walking distance (think, ‘The Luxor’ in Las Vegas, or ‘Crown Hotel and Casino’ in Singapore, Marina Bay, Atlantic City, Lisbon, Portugal, Klerksdorp, South Africa, Macau, Melbourne and Perth).
Although these can make for some great nights, it is important to note that all of the food, beverage and daily operations are secondary to,and support of the casino operations. Another less common type of hotel accommodation is conference and convention hotels.
Similar to business hotels, conference and convention hotels offer all the services and equipment you would need to put on a large scale business conference or convention (video conferencing and audio visual technology and facilities and flexible seating arrangements). In terms of the room quality, you can generally expect to have the same amenities and service as business hotels.
Now that you have decided what kind of hotel will be best for you (or if you want to get a more detailed and specific look at the different types of hotels), here are a few sites and that will help you compare the prices and quality of your chosen accommodation, and my top 3 tips on booking your hotel for your next trip! Remember, it’s important to do thorough research on your hotel, so checking out multiple sites, reviews and the hotels official website will mean you don’t get hit with any nasty surprises when you arrive, and your hotel stay is the ideal one for you!
MY TOP 3 TIPS TO BOOKING YOUR NEXT HOTEL
Determine your needs, determine your budget!
Do you already have a set budget for your accommodation needs? This may help narrow down your choices and make your decision easier.
Alternatively, determining your hotel needs will help you determine a budget and help with your booking. Things to consider are; how big you need the room to be. Is it just you? How many beds and bathrooms will you need etc. What facilities you require or would prefer during your stay.
Many hotels give their guests access to a lot of great facilities such as swimming pools and spas, gyms and fitness centres, room service and in house restaurants.
Usually the use of these facilities is factored into the cost of the stay, so the less there are, the cheaper the room will be, and vice versa.
Know your location
This seems like a ‘no-brainer’, but knowing where your hotels is located is going to be the difference between making the most of your destination, and being stuck in a taxi or hotel room, or even worse, getting lost because you have to try and navigate your way through a foreign place.
Choosing your hotel based on your trip plans (sight-seeing, close to public transport, close to the city etc) will not only make your trip a lot smoother and more enjoyable, but also help narrow down your choices when it does come time to book your hotel.
Check in/out times
Imagine being stuck in a foreign country, with all your luggage, and no hotel to check into yet, or having to leave your hotel hours before your flight home.
This is what could happen if you don’t get your hotels check in or check out times. All hotels have certain check in and check out times, to ensure that your room will be ready and cleaned upon your arrival, so knowing what these are are crucial to planning your flight and hotel bookings.
You can usually contact the hotel you’re wanting to book with and change your check in and check out times to suit your travel needs, or alternatively you can book your arrival time to coincide with the hotels schedule.