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So you’re going to the Hills District of Sydney. You’ve selected this destination and now you have to choose a hotel. 10 years ago, you ‘d have most likely visited your local travel representative and relied on the in person guidance you were given by the so-called ‘experts’. The 21st Century way to choose and book your hotel is of course on the Internet, by using travel sites.
But how do you sift through the amazing options available? And more notably, do you really trust the photographs and descriptions of the hotels that they have awarded themselves with the inspiration of getting reservations?
Traveler reviews can be practical, but you need to exercise care. They are often biased, often out of date, and may not serve your interests at all.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 problem of the customer’s inspiration. The more reviews you check out, the more you observe how they tend to cluster at the extremes of opinion. On one end, you have upset customers with axes to grind; at the other, you have delighted guests who lavish appreciation beyond belief.
You’ll not be shocked to learn that hotels often publish their own radiant reviews or that competitor’s line up for the chance to lambaste the competitors with bad reviews. It makes sense to consider what is really important to you when choosing a hotel. You should then choose an online hotel directory that provides current, independent, neutral information that truly matters.
Here are some of the key realities 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 vital. Any good directory should offer a location map of the hotel and its surroundings. There should be distance charts to the airport provided along with some form of an interactive map.
2. Style: it is essential to choose a hotel that makes you feel comfortable – contemporary or conventional furnishings, local design or international, formal or relaxed. The ideal hotel directory should let you know of the choices available.
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 wise or casual. A good hotel report should tell you this, and particularly about breakfast facilities.
4. Bedroom Facilities: you should always thoroughly consider the kind of facilities you need from your bedroom and find a hotel that has those you consider important. The hotel directory 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 high-end 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 should give you this sort of guidance on bed rooms – not just the variety of rooms which is the typical option!
5. Children’s’ Facilities: more crucial to the household tourist than business tourist. You should learn just how child-friendly the hotel is from the directory and make your decision from there. Something worth looking for is whether the hotel offers a babysitter service. For business tourist 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 a comprehensive analysis of leisure services within the hotel – spa, pool, fitness center, 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 once again this does not apply to every visitor, it is definitely crucial to some.
Lastly and most notably, the quality hotel directory inspection team should have visited the hotel in question regularly, met the staff, 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 information, there is no reason why you should not find the best hotel in the Hills District of Sydney. Best of luck!