Whether you’re staying in the UK or you’re jetting off somewhere abroad, you want a luxury room, a little bit of comfort or something quite basic, it’s all about being savvy and finding the right hotel for you. When looking for a hotel there’s always the same standard criteria before you book; location, budget, facilities and most importantly reviews. You could pick “the perfect” hotel but without researching the reviews you could end up with a nasty shock on your arrival. So, when you’re next looking for a holiday follow these top tips.
1. Look at the Star Rating
These days there are a vast amount of hotels up for offer so to start filtering your options and choosing the right hotel for you, you can select the star rating of the hotels you’d like to see. By doing this it limits the hotels that are shown and gives you a rough idea of what the hotels have to offer. By no means is the star rating everything. There is no universal worldwide standard for hotels which means that the star rating can be allocated to the hotel by pretty much anyone, whether that be the hotelier, review organisations or the government. So don’t base your choice just on the stars but see it more as a filtering option. See below
The stars can be assigned to the hotel based on the facilities that the hotel has to offer such as swimming pools, conference rooms, gyms etc. rather than the quality, cleanliness, service and appearance - so make sure you follow tip 2 as well.
2. Check TripAdvisor
Tripadvisor is a worldwide institution that holds detailed reviews and ratings for hotels by past guests. So, if you haven’t used this before, then make sure you do on your next trip. When you feel like you’ve got the right hotel, visit Tripadvisor, search for the hotel and take a little time out to read through the reviews. One thing to remember is that Tripadvisor is a review site which means anybody can leave a review, it can sometimes be found that hoteliers will sign up and leave a glowing report of their hotel and this is why the more reviews assigned to the hotel the more reliable they are. So, look at the number of reviews, the more reviews the more established the ratings are. Now, you may find some bad reviews but that’s ok it doesn’t mean it’s a bad hotel, not everybody is going to love everything about their trip, it’s important to gauge the feel for the hotel, overall, do people think this is a good hotel?
3. Check Social Media Accounts
These days’ social media is everything so why not take a look on their accounts and see what others are saying about them. Now, not every hotel is likely to have an account but have a look and if they do it’s an added bonus. Instagram is a really good social platform when it comes to past customers tagging and hash tagging about their hotel allowing you to see a real view of the hotel and gauge the atmosphere.
So, before you book any hotel remember check the star ratings for the hotel, check Tripadvisor for reviews and have a sneak around social media.
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