many major cities offering hundreds, if not thousands, of hotels to
choose from, criteria such as rates and especially location become much
more important that perhaps at a resort or in a holiday destination. The
requirements and needs of business travellers to the city and also
holiday makers on vacation are very different, and some hotels either
try and find a balance to make everyone happy, or instead try and focus
on one particular group.
alone is one question you should ask the hotel before making a
reservation, are they more a business or leisure orientated hotel? Many
of the luxury hotels in cities around the world will all have their
unique selling point. Here are some questions though to ask if you want
the most from your stay:
Do they have broadband in the room and around the hotel's public areas
and what are the costs?
What TV channels do they have? (very important if you want to watch
special events such as sports)
Do they security card access lifts? (so only people with room cards can
use the lifts)
Do they offer a choice of pillows and if so what? (most of the most
luxurious will offer this service)
Does the hotel use duvets (comforters in some parts of the world) or a blanket
How big are the in-room electronic safes? and do they have a power
point? (some people like to lock up their laptops)
What times do the gym and pool open? (we have seen so many 'business'
hotels where the pool opens at 9am or even 10am!! Some hotels though,
even offer 24 hours gyms and in many of the small boutique hotels they
have hooked up with loacal gyms)
What time is breakfast served? (useful if you are an early riser)
What time does breakfast finish? (especially useful if you are on
holiday or like a late breakfast).
tips to come.....