It is never a good idea to judge a hotel by the photos found on the hotel’s website. My family and I have definitely learned that the hard way a couple of times. After being burned a couple of times, we now do extensive research before we even think about booking our next hotel. Believe it or not, reviews by other people will definitely help you in your search. Though there are some fake reviews out there, you can weed through those and find the real ones. It is very important that you read many reviews on different sites to determine if the hotel you are looking at is what the hotel claims to be. Here is a checklist for you. Find out the things on this list before you make the decision to book.
Location – Location should be the first thing you look at when choosing a hotel room. Is the hotel near the places you plan to visit? Is the hotel in a safe location of town? You can find this in the reviews. People will be forthcoming about this kind of information.
Rooms – You also need to pay attention to what people say about the rooms in their reviews. If you see that the rooms are filthy, bug infested, have hair on sheets, and so on, you need to find somewhere else. You can find out a lot about the rooms from the reviews. Even though the website may display photos of beautiful rooms, this is not always the case when you get there and people who have stayed there will let you know.
Staff – Another thing to look for in the reviews is how the staff treats people. If housekeeping is slack and not helpful, people will let you know. If the front desk staff is rude and don’t care to help you, they will let you know that as well. However, make sure the reviews that speak of this are recent because the manager may have let these people go and hired more.
Amenities – Even though you see a wonderful list of amenities on a hotel’s website, you may not get those amenities when you arrive. For example, you may see a beautiful pool on their website, but when you arrive, the pool has been out of order for a year, or they don’t keep it up. Reviews will let you know about the amenities and any flaws that the hotel has when it comes to these.
Finding out all of these things will help you keep you and your family safe on your trip. It will also help you with choosing the right hotel and not being disappointed when you visit. Gather reviews from different websites and don’t rely solely on one website.