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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. 10 years back, you ‘d have probably visited your local travel agent and trusted the face-to-face guidance you were offered by the so-called ‘experts’. The 21st Century way to select and book your hotel is of course on the Internet, by using travel websites.
But how do you sift through the fantastic options available? And more importantly, do you actually rely on 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 They are typically biased, sometimes out of date, and may not serve your interests at all. How do you know that the functions that are essential to the reviewer are essential to you? Then there’s the issue of the reviewer’s motivation. The more reviews you check out, the more you observe how they tend to cluster at the extremes of opinion. On one end, you have upset customers with axes to grind; at the other, you have delighted guests who lavish praise beyond belief.
You’ll not be amazed to discover that hotels sometimes post their own radiant 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 selecting a hotel. You should then choose an online hotel directory site that offers updated, independent, objective info that truly matters.
Here are some of the key realities you should keep in mind:
1. Location: if it matters that your hotel is, for instance, close to the amusement park, or convenient for the airport, then location is paramount. Any decent directory site should offer a location map of the hotel and its surroundings. There should be distance charts to the airport provided along with some kind of an interactive map.
2. Style: it is important to choose a hotel that makes you feel comfortable – modern or standard furnishings, local decoration or international, formal or relaxed. The perfect hotel directory site should let you know of the alternatives offered.
3. Restaurants, Coffee Shops, and Bars: local color is fantastic 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 they are smart or informal. A great hotel report should tell you this, and especially about breakfast facilities.
4. Bedroom Facilities: you should always carefully consider the type of facilities you need from your bedroom and find a hotel that has those you consider essential. 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 facilities, views from the room and luxury offerings like a Pillow menu or Bath menu, choice of smoking cigarettes or non-smoking rooms, etc
. These things actually do matter and any decent hotel directory site should give you this sort of guidance on bed rooms – not just the variety of rooms which is the usual choice!
5. Children’s’ Facilities: more important to the household traveler than the 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 looking for is whether the hotel offers a baby sitter service. For the business traveler wishing to leave children, this is of course really relevant 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, pool, gym, sauna – along with 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 essential to some.
Finally and most importantly, the quality hotel directory site assessment team should have checked out 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 actually in a strong position to blog about the hotel.
with the above information, there is no reason why you should not find the best hotel in the Hills District of Sydney. Best of luck!