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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 probably visited your local travel agent and relied on the in person guidance you were given by the so-called ‘experts’. The 21st Century way to select and book your hotel is obviously on the Internet, by using travel sites.
But how do you sort through the incredible choices available? And more notably, do you truly trust the photos and descriptions of the hotels that they have granted themselves with the motivation of getting bookings?
Traveler reviews can be practical, 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 They are often prejudiced, often out of date, and may not serve your interests at all.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 features that are very important to the customer are very important to you? Then there’s the problem of the customer’s motivation. The more reviews you read, the more you notice how they tend to cluster at the extremes of opinion. On one end, you have upset reviewers with axes to grind; at the other, you have happy guests who lavish praise beyond belief.
You’ll not be amazed to find out that hotels often 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 truly essential to you when selecting a hotel. You should then pick an online hotel directory that provides current, independent, unbiased information that really matters.
Here are a few of the key realities you should bear in mind:
1. Location: if it matters that your hotel is, for example, near to the theme park, or convenient for the airport, then location is paramount. Any decent directory should offer a location map of the hotel and its environs. There should be distance charts to the airport offered along with some form of an interactive map.
2. Style: it is important to pick a hotel that makes you feel comfy – contemporary or conventional furnishings, local design or international, official or relaxed. The perfect hotel directory should let you know of the alternatives readily available.
3. Restaurants, Cafes, 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 especially 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 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 luxury offerings like a Pillow menu or Bath menu, choice of smoking cigarettes or non-smoking spaces, and so on
. These things truly do matter and any decent hotel directory should give you this sort of guidance on bed rooms – not just the variety of spaces which is the usual choice!
5. Children’s’ Facilities: more vital to the family traveler than business traveler. You should find out 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 baby sitter service. For business traveler wanting to escape children, this is obviously extremely pertinent too – maybe 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 – along with details of any other facilities close by 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 importantly, the quality hotel directory inspection team should have visited the hotel in question regularly, met the personnel, 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 info, there is no reason why you shouldn’t find the best hotel in the Hills District of Sydney. All the best!