Travelers often bemoan just how hard it can be to click that purchase button on a flight. The same deliberation can be spent not just with flights, but also when it comes to where you are going to stay. I have a horrible addiction. I tend to spend hours, if not days trying to book the right hotel. I get lost in the reviews, the stories of former guests so much so that I spend more time deciding on a hotel than actually staying there.
Most travelers spend what can seem like days booking a hotel. Either we are waiting for the price to drop or a bad review has scared us away. The location could be off slightly or the place looks dated. Throughout all of my travels, I have rehabbed my addiction by learning how to commit to my accommodations in a quicker manner. If you too struggle with clicking purchase, not just for flights but also for hotels, here are a few steps you can take to speed up the booking process.
Step One: Read a few current reviews and ratings not the kitchen sink
One of the biggest problems with booking accommodations quickly comes with the reviews and ratings. With so much information online, you could spend hours of your life reading every review about a place. If you have found a hotel you like, merely scan the first few reviews. You should make sure these are all current and not reviews from the early 2000s. If the overall consensus is to your standards, stop reading and go book your hotel.
Step Two: Narrow down your search by amenities not just dates
When you search for hotels merely by your dates, endless options can appear before you. Rather than going through the big pile of hotels, immediately narrow down your search by the exact amenities you want. If you want to be in a certain location, check that box. If you want hotels with parking and free WiFi, narrow down your search to only show properties that meet your requirements. The list will be far more condensed than just a general date search. You can make a decision quicker with fewer options to weed through with amenities you either don’t want or ones they don’t offer you.
Step Three: Ask what you want in a hotel not for countless opinions
In the past on my travels when I was clueless about where I should stay in a new city, I would ask the community of voices from friends and family to Twitter followers. While these people can provide good tips and advice, sometimes their voices and suggestions can keep you from booking a hotel. If you just want to book your accommodations simply and quickly, avoid asking for help. You might get opinions or recommendations based on someone’s personal preferences or experience. Those don’t always match up with your own.
Step Four: Focus on the basics not on the color of the hotel’s curtains
A friend of mine has a saying about hotels. Whenever I am having trouble committing to a hotel, he often says, “You’re not buying the place.” While so simple, the statement can be hard to keep in mind when searching for a hotel room. We can become obsessed with how a hotel looks that we write it off for little cosmetic details. I place value on properties that are clean, safe, devoid of bed bugs, in my budget and in a good location. If the décor is somewhat dated or reviewers complain about the lack of bath products provided, you could walk away from an otherwise fine space to rest up for the night. It might not be your taste but if it is clean, safe, in a good location and within your budget, you should book it. After all, you’re not buying the place.
How do you speed up the booking process when searching for a place to stay?
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