Tips for Finding Great Hotels and Lodging

| July 31, 2012

how to find a hotel for your vacationDiscovering a great place to stay sometimes feels like a roll of the dice. Increase your odds significantly with these tips for finding great hotels and lodging:

1. Ask friends and family members for recommendations.

The easiest way to solicit such advice involves social media. Simply tweet your request or post it to Facebook. People love suggesting favorite hotels, as it allows them to brag about the fabulous vacation they already took to that destination.

2. Search online.

Enter “hotels and lodging” and your destination city in the DexKnows search engine, then read through the listing information for each hotel that looks promising and click through to the photo gallery. But don’t limit your lodging options to just hotels. Enter “rental property — vacation rentals” and your destination city to find condos that might offer more amenities and square footage than a typical hotel room.

3. Read traveler reviews.

As you explore listings on DexKnows, be sure to check the traveler reviews. When a guest has such a great experience that he returns to the website and leaves positive feedback, you know the property and its staff exceeded expectations. Reading through reviews also helps you to avoid places with poor customer service, below-average accommodations or hotels going through remodeling.

4. Look at the map.

Proximity often contributes to the appeal of hotels and lodging. For example, if you have a trip to New York in the works and plan to see several Broadway shows, then a room in the theater district will prove far more attractive than one downtown. The same goes for Las Vegas, as you will want to stay on the strip if gambling ranks high on the vacation agenda.

5. Explore hotel websites.

Once you have a short list of hotels and/or vacation rentals, look at each property’s website to learn even more. Accommodation providers proud of their reputation post links to reviews written by travel writers and to any awards won, whether from travel publications or industry associations. You also will find menus for on-site restaurants and additional photos of the property.

6. Sign up for deal emails.

Hotels offer rooms at deep discounts through a variety of deal providers these days. Many of these hotels have small advertising budgets and use deal emails as a way to attract new guests. You might just discover accommodations of your own to rave about on Facebook and Twitter thanks to a deal email.

7. Explore while on vacation.

Don’t be afraid to pop into a hotel that looks promising while traveling, especially if you plan on returning to the destination. The staff should gladly show you a room.

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Category: Hotels & Lodging, Travel

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Pamela Mitchell spent more than 15 years at daily newspapers such as the Hartford Courant and Houston Chronicle before becoming a full-time freelancer. She now writes about a variety of topics, from dining and entertainment to pets and travel.