Most of us have had more than a few bad hotel experiences, so we know how important it is to make sure we are getting the right hotel for our personal needs. Knowing what is important to you is the first step in finding the right hotel. What amenities are the most crucial for you? How long will you be in your hotel room? How far is the hotel from where you will be? Knowing these things will make your decision making much easier.
Hotels are rated with a star system, as we have all heard the phrase “five star hotel”. This means exactly what you think it means. Five stars will get you everything from a hot tub to a butler. These hotels are incredible and will pamper you until you fall asleep and start right when you wake up; however, they are also the most expensive.
Four star hotels are usually just as nice as a five star, and for the common person there is really no difference. Linens have a lower thread count, shampoo is less elegant and the only real major difference is the price.
Three star hotels are the best of the basic. Everything is going to be toned down from a five star and a four star, but everything is still clean, new, and affordable. While the service does not bend over backwards to make sure your pillow is fluffed and scented, it is still impeccable service nonetheless. Really what it comes down to is whether you want to be treated like the queen of England, or is a clean comfortable place to get some sleep enough.
A two star hotel is exactly what you think it would be – a bed, a TV, and free HBO. Some offer a continental breakfast that either exceeds or comes short of your expectation. These hotels are nothing fancy and nothing special. They give you a clean place to sleep for a reasonable rate (most times) and offer nothing more than that.
A one star hotel is ideal for the budget traveler, in a hurry traveler, or the people who are going to spend little or no time in their hotel room but need a place to call their own. These places are not the cleanest, newest, or freshest, but they get the job done at a dirt cheap price (most times).
Take all the aspects of what you will need to get out of your hotel and you will see making a decision is more preference than anything else. Most hotel rates are competitive and consistent. Once you know what you want, the hotel will find you.