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So you’re going to the Hills District of Sydney. You’ve chosen this destination and now you need to pick a hotel. Ten years ago, you ‘d have probably visited your local travel agent and trusted the face-to-face recommendations you were provided by the so-called ‘experts’. The 21st Century way to select and book your hotel is of course on the Internet, by using travel sites.
But how do you sift through the amazing choices on offer? And more importantly, do you really rely on the photos and descriptions of the hotels that they have granted themselves with the inspiration of getting reservations?
Traveler reviews can be useful, but you need to exercise caution. They are frequently prejudiced, in some cases out of date, and may not serve your interests at all. How do you understand that the features that are very important to the customer are very important to you? Then there’s the issue of the customer’s inspiration. The more reviews you check out, the more you see how they tend to cluster at the extremes of opinion. On one end, you have upset reviewers with axes to grind; at the other, you have pleased guests who lavish praise beyond belief.
You’ll not be shocked to discover that hotels in some cases publish their own radiant reviews or that rival’s line up for the chance to lambaste the competitors with bad reviews. It makes good sense to consider what is really essential to you when picking a hotel. You should then pick an online hotel directory site that provides current, independent, unbiased information that truly matters.
Here are some of the key facts you should keep in mind:
1. Location: if it matters that your hotel is, for example, near the amusement park, or convenient for the airport, then location is paramount. Any good directory site should offer a location map of the hotel and its environs. There should be distance charts to the airport provided along with some type of an interactive map.
2. Style: it is very important to pick a hotel that makes you feel comfy – contemporary or standard furnishings, local decor or international, official or relaxed. The ideal hotel directory site should let you understand of the choices offered.
3. Restaurants, Cafes, and Bars: local color is fantastic but the hotel’s own restaurants and bars can play a vital part in your stay. You should be aware of choice, style and whether they are wise or casual. A good hotel report should tell you this, and especially about breakfast facilities.
4. Bedroom Facilities: you should constantly thoroughly consider the type of facilities you need from your bedroom and find a hotel that has those you consider essential. The hotel directory site should elaborate on matters such as bed size, Internet Access (its cost, whether there is WIFI or wired broadband connection), Complimentary features, views from the room and luxury offerings like a Pillow menu or Bath menu, choice of smoking cigarettes or non-smoking rooms, etc
. These things really do matter and any good hotel directory site should give you this sort of recommendations on bedrooms – not just the variety of rooms which is the usual choice!
5. Children’s’ Facilities: more vital to the family traveler than the business traveler. You should find out just how child-friendly the hotel is from the directory site and make your decision from there. One thing worth looking for is whether the hotel offers a babysitter service. For the business traveler wishing to escape children, this is of course extremely relevant too – perhaps a hotel that is not child-friendly would be something better!
6. Leisure Facilities: the site should offer an in-depth analysis of leisure services within the hotel – spa, swimming pool, gym, sauna – along with details of any other facilities nearby such as golf courses.
7. Special Needs: the hotel directory site should advise the visitor of each hotel’s special needs services and accessibility policy. Whilst again this does not apply to every visitor, it is absolutely important to some.
Lastly and most importantly, the quality hotel directory site evaluation team should have checked out the hotel in question on a regular basis, met the personnel, slept in a bedroom and tasted the food. They should experience the hotel as only a hotel guest can and it is only then that they are really in a strong position to write about the hotel.
with the above details, there is no reason why you shouldn’t find the best hotel in the Hills District of Sydney. All the best!