In her role as a Senior Corporate Agent at Altour, where she has worked since 2004, Sylwia Majtczak is tasked with helping clients locate suitable hotels for their travels. This is often harder than it sounds, as without knowledge of the hotels you are considering it is possible that you may choose one that is not right for your needs. If you are not working with a consultant to book your trip you should keep these pointers in mind before you start searching for hotels.
Know Your Budget
You need to understand how much you are willing to spend before you start searching. If you don’t, you may end up falling in love with a hotel, only to find out that it costs more than you can afford. Most hotel comparison sites allow you to filter based on price, so make sure you use that to stick within your budget.
Make A List of What You Want
Before you can start creating a list of potential hotels you need to understand what you actually want from the place you stay in. Some are happy with just having a bed to sleep in, whereas others will want all sorts of extras to make the trip more comfortable. Create a list of what you would want in an ideal world and base your search around that. You won’t always find hotels that offer everything you want, but the list will help you to cut out those that definitely won’t suit your needs.
Check The Reviews
Once you have a list of potential hotels you should dig a little deeper and find out what people are actually saying about them. While the hotels’ own websites will give you some of the basics and show you the absolute best of the hotel, you can’t always be certain that this is what you are going to get when you travel. Instead, make use of websites like TripAdvisor to find out if the hotel actually provides what it claims to offer.
Check For Wi-Fi
Most hotels will have in-built Wi-Fi connections that you can make use of, which is often essential for corporate travelers who need to do work when they are away from home. However, these services do not always come as part of the booking package. Make sure you confirm whether or not free Wi-Fi is included and check to see if access is unlimited. Fees can build up if you are unaware of restrictions that the hotel may have in place.
Research The Local Area
You should know where your hotel is located in relation to the place you want to go on your trip. Ideally, you will be as close as possible, but if you are a little out of the way spend some time researching the local neighborhood as well.
Sylwia Majtczak is a Senior Corporate Agent at Altour.