Happy Friday Lovelies!
I am currently in California, although it’s mostly cloudy/rainy the weather is still warm(ish) in the 60’s and I can’t complain about that!
I find that one of the biggest questions I receive is about tips for finding hotels when they are traveling for a vacation or traveling for work. I can understand the overwhelming feeling when you are searching a completely new city. You want to make sure you are somewhere fun, safe, walkable to restaurants/shoppings etc. so today I have a few tips that I use each time I search a hotel.
Determine the focus of your trip: To begin you need to consider what your trip is focused around. Is this for work and you are going to be traveling to and from a conference center each day? Or is this a vacation where the focus is the beach or an amusement park? Maybe you don’t know but you want to visit this new city and be where all the fun stuff is! This is important to determine before you start searching because well, thats where you begin. If you have a specific spot, conference center, beach, amusement park, etc. Begin by google mapping that location and searching nearby hotels. If you are exploring a new city for the first time and don’t have a specific location, then you should begin by googling that city, or blog posts that have recommendations (hint: check out my travel category for many options!) This will help you determine the areas you prefer in that city to give you a better idea of where all the fun is for you!
Check the websites: Now that you have a list of nearby hotels, begin checking out the websites. This is one of the most important pieces because it can give you an idea through photos & accommodations to tell you if this hotel feels safe, comfortable and has everything you need. Accommodations are obviously important, because if you have a wheelchair, pet, need a gym or pool prefer a place that has a restaurant attached, etc all of these details can help you breakdown your list. For me, I always prefer a restaurant attached because I am more often than not traveling for work and want to make sure that I have an option for a meal around my crazy work schedule. I also want a hotel with a gym. I love being able to keep up with my workout routine even while traveling, or get my body moving after a long flight.
Search what is nearby: Now your list is broken down nearby your main focus area and they all have the accommodations you need/want. Now move your google search to one of those hotels, then the next until you’ve search them all and begin looking for nearby restaurants, shopping. This will help you find a location that is closest to the restaurants you like or shopping centers, maybe you prefer a park to walk in close by, this can help you find that perfect location!
I hope these tips help you find your next perfect hotel!