As a thrifty traveler, my requirements for hotels can be condensed to just three things: clean rooms, accommodating staff, and a safe location. We cram so much into our itineraries that our hotel rooms are little more than a place to rest and recover before another packed day of sightseeing. And until we can afford to stay at such specialty lodgings like the Hotel de Glace in Quebec City or the over-water hut hotels such as the Four Seasons in Bora Bora (in which case, the accommodations are an attraction in and of themselves!), we are more than happy to stay in budget to mid-level hotels to save a little money.
|Sad about leaving London... and the Club Quarters Hotel|
With TripAdvisor on one screen and Google Maps on another, I begin ranking hotel potentials. While all of them must meet my three basic requirements, I also prioritize hotels based on amenities such as free breakfast, free WiFi, proximity to attractions, price, and the enthusiasm with which reviewers recommend the establishment. And unless I'm looking for lodging in the U.S., I almost always avoid chain establishments. I just can't bring myself to travel halfway across the world just to stay at a chain hotel like a Best Western! (No offense, B-dubs.)
|The Riverside Mamaison Hotel in Prague|
So what does an example of my list look like? Here's the short-hand list I made when deciding where to stay in Rome:
Relais Forus Inn
Near Termini; affordable price; mostly good reviews
Rave Reviews; over budget
Cesare Balbo Inn
Hostel; good location
Near Termini; good reviews; pretty rooms
Ultimately we decided upon Hotel Andreotti and were very glad we did (see my review here). But there were many hotels that could've potentially been a "perfect" hotel for us, and it's important to note that what worked really well for us may not necessarily fit your traveling style or needs. If you're looking to keep a reasonable budget without sacrificing amenities or location, sticking to mid-level hotels (like we do) and using our listing process may help you find your own "perfect" hotel (inn, guest house, or hostel!) for your travels!
How do you choose the "perfect" hotel for your travels?
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