What do you look for when booking a hotel?

Theloststory

Well-Known Member
Booking a hotel is tricky. Although plenty of options ar valuable in all touristy places, we have to research hard to find. Place which is suitable to our tastes in terms of location (shouldn’t be In a congested place), Architecture and design (should have something about it), greenery and open space, food (very important), interesting owners, rooms (clean and dry), on spot parking etc. since we try and avoid places with too many tourists we are ok with smaller places without pools etc.

When researching, sometimes reviews turn out to be not that great. We recently stayed at a place which had over 250 reviews for “good food”. We soon found out food was standard “restauranty”, rich with oils, masalas and creams in every dish and a limited non inspiring menu. We will probably not stay there again.

However another place (a more private place) served very local and interesting dishes, just like home made, with minimal oils, Masalas, with dishes like ‘pumpkin leaves saag’, ‘banana plant stem subzi’, ‘crushed black watana dal’ etc. we are going back here.

Another couple of places we went to, the owners were very interesting, served great food, had great conversations. We keep going back.

What do you look for when booking a stay?
 

foadbear

Pirates Skulls and Bones
Most of us rely on the reviews that are posted online. However, an argument can be made that the reviews are fake. However, I still rely on the reviews to book a stay.

Booking a hotel is a gamble, I believe. However, I prefer to book a property which is at a place that is not too congested. If I can rent a two wheeler when I get there, its much much better deal for me. Parking is big yes. Although most of the hotels give parking, I try to be extra careful when booking in the hills.

Food can always be tried at different restaurants and I am far from being a gourmet. However, sufficient liquor gives me enough courage and I have even tried crocodile in Thailand.

AirBnBs are interesting, I always had the fortune of meeting good owners.

So , summing it up, good reviews, distance from city center (so if I decide to get drunk and walk back to my hotel, the hotel is within comfortable walking distance) and parking. Not a gourmet and unless the food is very bad, I can eat it. I have a weak stomach and I try to eat at places which look like they are serving good food.

Have had 2-3 bitter experiences too, but as I said, its a gamble.

I do have a budget while booking stays. I try not to exceed Rs 5000 per night.
 
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