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So you’re going to the Hills District of Sydney. You’ve picked this destination and now you have to choose a hotel. Ten years ago, you ‘d have most likely visited your local travel representative and relied on the in person recommendations you were offered by the so-called ‘experts’. The 21st Century way to pick and book your hotel is obviously on the Internet, by utilizing travel websites.
But how do you sort through the incredible options on offer? And more importantly, do you actually trust the photographs and descriptions of the hotels that they have awarded themselves with the motivation of getting reservations?
Traveler reviews can be valuable, but you need to exercise care. They are often prejudiced, often out of date, and may not serve your interests at all. How do you know that the functions that are very important to the customer are very important to you? Then there’s the issue 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 reviewers with axes to grind; at the other, you have pleased guests who lavish appreciation beyond belief.
You’ll not be surprised to find out that hotels often publish their own glowing reviews or that competitor’s line up for the chance to lambaste the competitors with bad reviews. It makes sense to consider what is actually essential to you when choosing a hotel. You should then choose an online hotel directory that provides updated, independent, unbiased info that truly matters.
Here are some of the key realities you should bear in mind:
1. Location: if it matters that your hotel is, for instance, close to the theme park, or convenient for the airport, then location is vital. Any decent directory should offer a location map of the hotel and its environs. There should be distance charts to the airport provided as well as some kind of an interactive map.
2. Style: it is important to choose a hotel that makes you feel comfortable – contemporary or traditional furnishings, local design or international, official or relaxed. The ideal hotel directory should let you know of the options available.
3. Restaurants, Coffee Shops, and Bars: local color is fantastic 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 smart or casual. A good hotel report should tell you this, and especially 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 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 features, views from the room and high-end offerings like a Pillow menu or Bath menu, choice of smoking or non-smoking spaces, etc
. These things actually do matter and any decent hotel directory should offer you this sort of recommendations on bedrooms – not just the variety of spaces which is the typical alternative!
5. Children’s’ Facilities: more important to the household traveler than 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 baby sitter service. For business traveler wanting to leave children, this is obviously extremely appropriate too – maybe a hotel that is not child-friendly would be something more appropriate!
6. Leisure Facilities: the site should offer a comprehensive analysis of leisure services within the hotel – spa, swimming pool, fitness center, sauna – as well as 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 again this does not apply to every visitor, it is absolutely essential to some.
Finally and most importantly, the quality hotel directory evaluation team should have visited 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 actually in a strong position to write about the hotel.
with the above information, there is no reason why you should not find the very best hotel in the Hills District of Sydney. Good luck!