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So you’re going to the Hills District of Sydney. You’ve picked this destination and now you need to pick a hotel. 10 years ago, you ‘d have probably visited your local travel agent and trusted the face-to-face suggestions you were given by the so-called ‘experts’. The 21st Century way to pick and book your hotel is of course on the Internet, by using travel websites.
But how do you sort through the incredible options on offer? And more importantly, do you really trust the photos and descriptions of the hotels that they have awarded themselves with the motivation of getting bookings?
Traveler reviews can be handy, but you need to exercise caution. They are frequently prejudiced, often out of date, and might not serve your interests at all. How do you know that the features that are essential to the customer are essential to you? Then there’s the issue of the customer’s motivation. The more reviews you read, the more you observe how they tend to cluster at the extremes of viewpoint. On one end, you have angry reviewers with axes to grind; at the other, you have happy guests who lavish appreciation beyond belief.
You’ll not be shocked to learn that hotels often 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 important to you when choosing a hotel. You should then pick an online hotel directory site that offers 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 instance, close to the amusement park, or convenient for the airport, then location is vital. Any decent directory site should offer a location map of the hotel and its environs. There should be distance charts to the airport provided in addition to some form of an interactive map.
2. Style: it is essential to pick a hotel that makes you feel comfortable – contemporary or conventional furnishings, local decoration or international, official or relaxed. The ideal hotel directory site should let you know of the alternatives offered.
3. Restaurants, Coffee Shops, and Bars: local color is great but the hotel’s own restaurants and bars can play an important part in your stay. You should be aware of choice, style and whether or not they are clever or informal. A great hotel report should tell you this, and especially about breakfast facilities.
4. Bedroom Facilities: you should always thoroughly consider the type of facilities you need from your bedroom and find a hotel that has those you consider important. 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 facilities, views from the room and high-end offerings like a Pillow menu or Bath menu, choice of cigarette smoking or non-smoking rooms, and so on
. These things really do matter and any decent hotel directory site should give you this sort of suggestions on bedrooms – not just the number of rooms which is the typical option!
5. Children’s’ Facilities: more vital to the household traveler than business traveler. You should learn 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 business traveler wishing to leave children, this is of course extremely relevant too – maybe 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, pool, fitness center, sauna – in addition to 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 once again this does not apply to every visitor, it is absolutely essential to some.
Lastly and most importantly, the quality hotel directory site inspection team should have visited 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 visitor can and it is only then that they are really in a strong position to write about the hotel.
with the above information, there is no reason why you should not find the very best hotel in the Hills District of Sydney. All the best!