A few years ago, my husband and I decided to go on an incredible vacation to Europe. Unfortunately, we didn't know very much about booking hotels, and so we ended up staying in some pretty "interesting" places. When we weren't scared about the other guests, we were worried about taking home bed bugs, and we were surprised about the pricing! After that experience, we decided to research travel accommodations, so that we weren't ever put in that same situation ever again. This blog is a cumulative report of our findings--which is why this website is chock full of information about travel and lodging. Read on to find out more.
Whether for pleasure or work, choosing a hotel to stay in for more than just a night is a task that should not be taken lightly. Here are a few things to look for when you are choosing a hotel to visit for multiple nights:
1. Proper Security
It can be easy to assume that any hotel you decide to visit will have proper security measures in place, but assumptions should never be made. Some security measures may be easy to spot and verify on your own. For example, you might see a security guard roaming the parking lot or the hotel's halls or you may see security cameras set up around the property.
But just because you do not see any security measures in place does not mean that there are none. So, whether you can verify security with your own eyes, it is a good idea to ask the hotel what kinds of security measures they have put in place to keep you and your vehicle safe during your stay. They should be able and willing to provide you with their security information in writing.
2. Private Entrances
Since you will be staying at the hotel you choose for multiple nights, look for a facility that features private entrances instead of entrances that are located directly next to each other. You never know who will be coming and going to the units located near yours, so having a little privacy will give you some space from strangers and help ensure that you are not exposed to conversations or behaviors that you prefer to steer clear of.
Make sure the entrance to your hotel room is separated by neighboring doors with walls or foliage at the very least. This is the only way to be sure that you can enter and leave your room without having to worry about prying eyes or feeling crowded.
3. An Onsite Laundry Facility
Another thing that you should look for when choosing a hotel to stay in for multiple days is an onsite laundry room. This will allow you to wash things as you vacation so that you do not have to bring as many belongings with you. Instead of a different shirt and pair of pants for each day, you can pack just 3 or 4 of each and do some laundry when things get dirty. When you are ready to go home, you can do a load of laundry and not have to worry about dealing with dirty clothes while unpacking.