Recently I just started thinking of the features of an unbeatable vacation at any hotel in South Beach with your family or friends and what came to my mind at that time was that a really huge proportion of your satisfaction rate depends on how pleasant or unpleasant was your experience as for hotel is concerned.
Come to think of it I’ve had several outstanding experiences in hotels as well as the awful ones which helped me out to build a criterion structure that allows me now to share in this blog my analysis on hotels and how to choose the right one. Let me start by saying that a nice stay at a hotel (as broad as it could be understood: amenities, service, added values) can make up for an awful outdoor time, however it is impossible to say the same thing in the opposite direction. Great outdoor activities can never make it up for those appalling hotel nights. How so? Plain answer: it is always better (as interpreted for our body) to get good rest than having a ‘blast’ outside but a lack of comfort indoors.
I guess the final product of my lucubration was the following aspects that can be overlooked to make your stay a really amusing experience:
- Location: as far as location is concerned you have to check first if the hotel is about to welcome a large group of guests because, as everyone knows and economy laws and convenience has determined, every single hotel charge higher rates when the occupancy has reached its maximum level. Also if your budget isn’t that much flexible you would have to keep in mind that it will be more expensive to stay at a hotel that is closer to city center, shopping areas or train stations. Trying somewhere else will always worth it.
- Franchises and chains: even though chain hotel clients might accept this fact as an objective and credible aspect when searching for the right place to stay, I found this to be really tricky. A chain hotel can proportionate a sense of quality nevertheless there are chain hotels that are really bad, with poor standards of service and on their way down to bankruptcy. There are, of course, a lot of exceptions to this rule. My only intention is to let the readers of this blog know that staying at a chain hotel is never a warranty of good service yet it could work in most of cases, just remember to always be aware of this.
- Ratings: If you make your choices based on what it’s been said by the hotel itself (pictures, amenities, ratings) you are clearly making a big mistake due to the lack of impartiality. You should then look for neutral ratings websites rather than comments and reviews from the hotels themselves. This will give you enhance your critical awareness.
- Boutique Hotels: Even though this type of hotels does not have as many rooms as a regular they are sure to offer a better service. The great difference is the value added to each detail. Right here it is easy to find couples in romantic getaways spending a lovely time at a Miami boutique hotel.
Other than the above things your experience at a hotel is a matter of likes and points of view, the more you have the best it will be.