Memorial Day weekend is usually the signal that summer vacation has finally arrived. Many will pack their suitcases and travel to destinations far and wide. With hotel chains vying for your dollar, you may find some good deals. But before you decide, go through this checklist.
Is it AAA endorsed? – If it is then it will likely be a good place to stay while vacationing. Make no mistake about it, not all hotels carry the AAA seal of endorsement.
Breakfast – What kind of food is served during breakfast, and is it free? This is especially important for parents to know for budgeting purposes.
Do the rooms lead outside or are they within the hotel? Personally I like hotels with rooms that are located within a building. It gives me a greater sense of security.
Bedbugs – What is their policy regarding bedbugs? Ask to check their records if you have a concern. How often is the bedding and towels cleaned and changed?
Discounts – If you are an AAA or AARP member or a Veteran you are given some kind of discount. Take advantage of the savings.
Reviews – Google the name of the hotel and see what kind of reviews it gets. If the majority of the reviews are negative you might want to reconsider if you want to stay there.
Swimming pool – Inquire as to if they have an indoor or outdoor pool on the premises. More than likely they won’t have a lifeguard.
Workout equipment – It doesn’t have to be a full-blown gym to get a little exercise in. A few minutes of exercises a day even on vacation will help you feel better and keep your eating under control.
Handicapped-accessible rooms on first floor – This is a definite necessity if special accommodations are needed to make for a more comfortable stay for the person with a disability.
Staff – Is there hotel personnel available for 24 hours in case of a problem?
Check in and check out time – Find this out before you make your final reservation.
Wi-Fi and Cable – Is it available and is it free?
Will it be convenient for places that you will visit? If you have to travel for a long time to get to area attractions, consider another hotel to stay at.
Parking – What is the parking like and is it well lit?
Do they have adjoining rooms? This would be good for families where the children want to be near the parents but in their own room.
Restaurant – Is there a restaurant on the premises or nearby?
In the hoopla and excitement of planning your vacation, remember these tips for your hotel stay. After all, it’s a major part of the vacation too.
Personal experience and suggestions