Saving Money By Booking the Right Hotel
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Saving Money By Booking the Right Hotel

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.


Saving Money By Booking the Right Hotel

Learn About Hotels And Their Amenities

James Butler

If you are planning a family vacation and you are in the middle of trying to determine where your family wants to stay, then learning about hotels and what different rated hotels have to offer can help you decide where you want your family to stay. Here is more information on hotels:

The cost of hotels can vary greatly

Hotels vary significantly when it comes to how much it will cost you and your family to stay in one. There are different ratings of hotels, so there is something for just about anyone's budget. There are other things besides the ratings that also affect the rates, and just some of these things include: 

  • The location of the hotel
  • The days you want to stay
  • The number of bookings the hotel already has for those dates
  • The time of year you plan on staying 
  • Special events that will be going on in the area when you will be staying
  • The method you used to book your stay
  • How far in advance you make your reservations
  • The hotel's competition's rates
  • The type of room you want to stay in
  • Any discounts you may be using
  • The economy

The amenities that a hotel has to offer will vary from one hotel to the next. However, some of the amenities that can be expected at the majority of 3-star hotels include: 

  • A mini-fridge
  • A lounge with comfortable seating
  • A restaurant
  • Valet parking service
  • Paid transportation availability
  • Travel desk
  • A business center with Internet, fax, and email
  • WiFi available in rooms
  • Outsourced or in-house dry-cleaning or laundry service
  • What are some features you can get at a 5-star hotel

The amenities you will find at a 5-star hotel ensure that your family will have just about everything you could want from a hotel during your stay. Some of the features you can generally expect at a 5-star hotel include ones found at lesser rated hotels, as well as: 

  • Door greeting
  • Butler service
  • Concierge service
  • High-speed WiFi
  • Fine dining restaurant
  • A lounge
  • Executive car service
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Childcare services
  • Turndown service
  • In-room safes
  • Fully stocked mini-bar
  • Spa services in-room
  • Swimming pool with attendees on hand

Now that you know the difference between a 3-star and a 5-star hotel, you will be able to better determine which one will be best for your family. You need to weigh out the cost difference and how much your family will enjoy the added amenities. 4-star hotels have amenities that fall between the 3 and 5-star hotels.