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So you’re going to the Hills District of Sydney. You’ve chosen this destination and now you need to select a hotel. 10 years ago, you ‘d have most likely visited your local travel agent and relied on the face-to-face 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 incredible choices available? And more importantly, do you truly trust the pictures and descriptions of the hotels that they have awarded themselves with the motivation of getting bookings?
Traveler reviews can be practical, but you need to exercise caution. They are often biased, sometimes out of date, and may not serve your interests at all. How do you know that the features that are important to the reviewer are important to you? Then there’s the problem of the reviewer’s motivation. The more reviews you check out, the more you see 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 delighted guests who lavish appreciation beyond belief.
You’ll not be amazed to find out that hotels sometimes publish their own glowing reviews or that rival’s line up for the chance to lambaste the competition with bad reviews. It makes good sense to consider what is truly crucial to you when selecting a hotel. You should then select an online hotel directory site that offers up-to-date, independent, objective info that really matters.
Here are some of the key facts you should remember:
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 decent directory site should offer a location map of the hotel and its environs. There should be distance charts to the airport provided along with some kind of an interactive map.
2. Style: it is important to select a hotel that makes you feel comfortable – modern or standard furnishings, local decor or international, formal or relaxed. The ideal hotel directory site should let you know of the alternatives available.
3. Restaurants, Cafes, and Bars: local color is excellent but the hotel’s own restaurants and bars can play a fundamental 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 type of facilities you need from your bedroom and find a hotel that has those you consider crucial. 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 amenities, views from the room and high-end offerings like a Pillow menu or Bath menu, choice of smoking cigarettes or non-smoking spaces, etc
. These things truly do matter and any decent hotel directory site should offer you this sort of guidance on bedrooms – not just the number of spaces which is the usual choice!
5. Children’s’ Facilities: more vital to the household traveler than business traveler. You should find out just how child-friendly the hotel is from the directory site and make your decision from there. Something worth searching for is whether the hotel offers a babysitter service. For business traveler wishing to escape children, this is of course really pertinent too – maybe a hotel that is not child-friendly would be something more appropriate!
6. Leisure Facilities: the site should offer a detailed analysis of leisure services within the hotel – spa, pool, gym, sauna – along with details of any other facilities nearby 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 once again this does not apply to every visitor, it is absolutely crucial to some.
Finally and most importantly, the quality hotel directory site 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 visitor can and it is only then that they are truly in a strong position to write about the hotel.
with the above details, there is no reason why you should not find the best hotel in the Hills District of Sydney. Good luck!