How not to be mistaken when choosing a hotel or a hotel for a holiday?
Probably, this happened to everyone at least once: you see a tempting hotel offer with chic pictures. But advertising remains only advertising – in fact, not a single photo of reality is true. And the service leaves much to be desired. In order to avoid such disappointment in the future, remember these six signals when you are faced with the choice of a hotel. Sometimes the place you like is not at all what it initially seems.
● Images are embellished in Photoshop
Of course, the pictures on the hotel’s website look beautiful, but you must admit, we ourselves love to publish only the most attractive photos of ourselves. Filters, cropping and photoshop can make almost any hotel five-star. If the photos look too fabulous to be true, it may be a signal to you. Look at the hotel’s real-life images at Oyster (TripAdvisor) and check out the Photo Fakeout section to find out how decorated some places are.
● Website has not been updated for a long time.
Today, the Internet can be considered an essential tool for tourists. Especially if they face the challenge – the choice of the hotel. If the hotel is not particularly involved in updating its website, then perhaps its management is similarly not engaged in maintaining order inside the establishment itself. No, any more or less decent hotel is not obliged to have a bright and inviting website, but it’s time to publish news and answer questions from potential visitors.
● Check reviews on TripAdvisor
This is a very useful resource where you can find real reviews and impressions from travelers. So to say, first hand. Read all reviews before booking. You can find information from tourists with similar needs and preferences as you have. And also the way hotel managers respond to complaints and appeals.
● You can not contact the contact person
If you cannot get answers from hotel representatives to your questions by email, chatbot or phone, you should think about it. Ignoring customer inquiries is a very eloquent sign that does not favor a place to rest. After all, the choice of a hotel implies communication with its contact persons.
● Google Maps Street View shows a completely different picture.
If your chosen hotel claims to be right in the midst of all the sights of the area, you shouldn’t unconditionally trust these statements. Check the location of the object using Google Maps. Better yet, view the hotel on the panoramic views of Google Maps Street View. If he looks old, untidy and not credible, then look for other options.
● The hotel is on the Bedbug Reports website.
It’s not very pleasant to even talk about it, but still: have you ever studied the BedbugReports.com site? You will be surprised at how many complaints there seem to be quite good hotels. Actually, the site is dedicated to reviews of people regarding the presence of bed bugs in their rooms. Check the availability of reviews on the hotel that you like before you book. One or two complaints a few years ago is not so bad. But recent negative comments should alert you and influence your choice of hotel.