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Guide In Choosing The Right Hotel For Your Need

By Nora Wharf

Knowing your own expectations for a hotel can make choosing the right one a lot easier, and having found the right one is key to your level of enjoyment. When shopping around, ask yourself how much time you plan to spend there, what kind of amenities you hope to find or can live without, and whether or not you’re looking for a home away from home or just a place to rest your head for the night. These and other factors, along with price, are what determine how many stars a hotel has earned.

You are paying for luxury when you choose a five-star hotel. They offer impeccable butler and room service, high-end bed linens, spa-inspired bath products, and large bathrooms with soaking tubs. The lobbies are laden with marble and fresh flowers and the service cannot be beat. Four-star hotels, on the other hand, may offer rooms that are a bit smaller, linens that are a bit lower in thread count, and less expensive shampoo, but the difference is slight and seems mostly to be in the price. Four-star hotels are still quite an elegant option.

Three-star hotels are a fine option if all you’re looking for are clean and comfortable accommodations. They lack the luxurious accommodations their pricier counterparts have to offer but are comfortable nonetheless. The rooms are less elegant, the bathrooms are pretty basic (no brand-name rain shower head here), and the customer service won’t overwhelm you with obsequious replies. Some travelers find themselves more at ease with this style of service while others miss being treated like royalty.

At two-star hotels, you can expect a clean bed and a qualified overnight desk person but little else in the way of comfort. These hotels are ideal for those people on long road trips seeking a place to rest for the night before taking off again in the morning. There won’t be any fancy sheets, soaking tubs, champagne or strawberries but you’re more than welcome to order some pizza from the nearest delivery place.

A one-star hotel might be the perfect option for you if the local culture and sights are more important than the size of your pillow or shower (which, incidentally, might be similar in square footage). They’re great for travelers who don’t plan to spend a lot of time at their rooms and aren’t afraid of a little dust or outdated bedspreads. So when you’re shopping around for that perfect hotel room, know what your plans are and what your expectations are. As long as you are prepared to pay for the accommodations you desire, you’ll go home happy.

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