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So you’re going to the Hills District of Sydney. You’ve selected this location and now you have to pick a hotel. Ten years ago, you ‘d have most likely visited your local travel representative and trusted the face-to-face guidance you were provided by the so-called ‘experts’. The 21st Century way to select and book your hotel is of course on the Internet, by using travel sites.
But how do you sort through the fantastic choices on offer? And more notably, do you really rely on the photos and descriptions of the hotels that they have awarded themselves with the inspiration of getting bookings?
Traveler reviews can be useful, but you need to exercise caution. They are typically prejudiced, often out of date, and may not serve your interests at all. How do you understand that the functions that are important to the reviewer are important to you? Then there’s the issue of the reviewer’s inspiration. The more reviews you read, the more you notice how they tend to cluster at the extremes of viewpoint. On one end, you have upset reviewers with axes to grind; at the other, you have thrilled visitors who lavish praise beyond belief.
You’ll not be surprised to learn that hotels often post their own radiant reviews or that competitor’s line up for the chance to lambaste the competition with bad reviews. It makes sense to consider what is really important to you when choosing a hotel. You should then pick an online hotel directory site that gives updated, independent, impartial information that really matters.
Here are some of the key facts you should bear in mind:
1. Location: if it matters that your hotel is, for instance, near to the theme park, or convenient for the airport, then location is critical. Any good directory site should offer a location map of the hotel and its surroundings. There should be distance charts to the airport offered in addition to some form of an interactive map.
2. Style: it is important to pick 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 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 wise or casual. A great hotel report should tell you this, and especially about breakfast facilities.
4. Bedroom Facilities: you should always carefully consider the kind of facilities you need from your bedroom and find a hotel that has those you consider important. 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 features, views from the room and high-end offerings like a Pillow menu or Bath menu, choice of smoking or non-smoking spaces, and so on
. These things really do matter and any good hotel directory site should give you this sort of guidance on bed rooms – not just the variety of spaces which is the usual alternative!
5. Children’s’ Facilities: more vital to the family tourist than the business tourist. You should find out just how child-friendly the hotel is from the directory site and make your decision from there. One thing worth looking for is whether the hotel offers a babysitter service. For the business tourist wishing to leave children, this is of course really pertinent too – perhaps a hotel that is not child-friendly would be something better!
6. Leisure Facilities: the site should offer a detailed analysis of leisure services within the hotel – spa, swimming pool, gym, sauna – in addition to 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 important to some.
Lastly and most notably, the quality hotel directory site assessment team should have checked out 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 guest can and it is only then that they are really in a strong position to discuss the hotel.
with the above details, there is no reason why you should not find the very best hotel in the Hills District of Sydney. All the best!