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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 back, you ‘d have most likely visited your local travel agent and relied on the face-to-face advice you were provided by the so-called ‘experts’. The 21st Century way to pick and book your hotel is of course on the Internet, by using travel sites.
But how do you sort through the amazing choices on offer? And more significantly, do you actually rely on the photographs and descriptions of the hotels that they have granted themselves with the motivation of getting reservations?
Traveler reviews can be practical, but you need to exercise caution. They are often biased, in some cases out of date, and may not serve your interests at all. How do you understand that the functions that are important to the customer are important to you? Then there’s the problem of the customer’s motivation. The more reviews you read, the more you discover how they tend to cluster at the extremes of opinion. On one end, you have angry customers with axes to grind; at the other, you have happy guests who lavish appreciation beyond belief.
You’ll not be surprised to learn that hotels in some cases publish their own glowing reviews or that competitor’s line up for the chance to lambaste the competition with bad reviews. It makes sense to consider what is actually essential to you when selecting a hotel. You should then pick an online hotel directory that offers up-to-date, independent, objective information that really matters.
Here are some of the key realities you should remember:
1. Location: if it matters that your hotel is, for instance, close to the theme park, or convenient for the airport, then location is paramount. Any good directory should offer a location map of the hotel and its environs. There should be distance charts to the airport offered in addition to some form of an interactive map.
2. Style: it is very important to pick a hotel that makes you feel comfortable – modern or traditional furnishings, local design or international, formal or relaxed. The perfect hotel directory should let you understand of the options readily available.
3. Restaurants, Cafes, and Bars: local color is great 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 clever or casual. A great hotel report should tell you this, and especially about breakfast facilities.
4. Bedroom Facilities: you should constantly thoroughly consider the kind of facilities you need from your bedroom and find a hotel that has those you consider essential. The hotel directory should elaborate on matters such as bed size, Internet Access (its cost, whether there is WIFI or wired broadband connection), Complimentary amenities, views from the room and high-end offerings like a Pillow menu or Bath menu, choice of cigarette smoking or non-smoking spaces, and so on
. These things actually do matter and any good hotel directory should offer you this sort of advice on bedrooms – not just the number of spaces which is the usual option!
5. Children’s’ Facilities: more crucial to the household traveler than the business traveler. You should find out just how child-friendly the hotel is from the directory and make your decision from there. One thing worth looking for is whether the hotel offers a babysitter service. For the business traveler wanting 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, pool, gym, sauna – in addition to details of any other facilities close by such as golf courses.
7. Special Needs: the hotel directory site should recommend the visitor of each hotel’s special needs services and accessibility policy. Whilst again this does not apply to every visitor, it is definitely crucial to some.
Finally and most notably, the quality hotel directory inspection team should have gone to the hotel in question on a regular basis, met the staff, 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 actually in a strong position to discuss 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!