If you’re looking to travel, or planning a trip there’s one key step that demands absolute scrutiny: booking a hotel. Makes sense, seeing as the hotel is where you’ll be staying, and you’ll be paying for it by the day, so there’s a lot of deliberation to go through when choosing a hotel.
Whether you’re looking for an affordable hotel in Bangkok or something else in another location entirely, booking the right hotel can make or break the experience of traveling.
Here are some of the things to never do when booking a hotel.
- Forgetting to check the hotel location
- Say you’re looking for an affordable hotel in Bangkok, and you find one and book it immediately without checking where it is exactly. Then you get there and it’s nowhere where you want it to be, it’s hard to access the transport or worse, both. Or maybe, it might be close to where you want it to be, but next to a highway. Good luck with that. Don’t forget to check the exact location, it’ll save you a lot of headaches.
- Didn’t go through reviews first.
- If you skip the review sites, you won’t know as much as you should about a hotel, and that is a no-no. One of the best ways to get the most out of booking is to know as much about the hotel you’re booking, a point touched upon by the previous bullet. Consequently, skipping the review step will deprive you of very important knowledge.
- Fail to ask ‘Is there an airport shuttle? ‘
- Public transportation’s good and all, but when it comes to squeezing your way into a PUV to get to the airport, it might not be worth the hassle. There’s Uber and taxis, but that might cut into the budget. The best option, thankfully, is free. Sort of. Some hotels offer airport shuttles as part of the staying costs, and it’s quite convenient, and well-worth looking into.
- Didn’t haggle.
- Ok, not necessarily, haggle, but forget to check if there are any better rates. Maybe there’s a special offer, maybe there’s a promo or something like that. Present an open-ended inquiry to get them talking, and to get yourself some extra value.