"" Writer's Wanderings: A Place To Rest Your Head

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Place To Rest Your Head

Much of the guess work of where to stay has been eliminated with the internet. There are many resources for finding hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, etc. Here are a few:

and my favorite: TripAdvisor.com

Some of these sites will give you package deals on hotel + flight + car but you might want to price these out individually instead to make sure you are getting the best price.

Search the sites by the towns/cities you have mapped out to find hotels and prices. Check the reviews for the hotels that appeal to you. A word of caution when doing so. Like any "gossip" you hear, consider the source. There will be someone who absolutely would not send his worst enemy back to the place and in the next review someone will say that it was the best place they've ever stayed. Look at how many good reviews there are vs. the bad. Check out the bad reviews and see what they were complaining about. Many times there was a slight altercation with an employee that led to the bad review. That could be just a clash of personalities. And if it's just one review like that it probably was.

Look for consistency in what the reviews say in regard to cleanliness, comfort, service, etc. rather it is reported good or bad. And then make your decision.

Another possibility for searching out hotels is to go to your favorite hotel chain site. One trip we took (18 Days Through Europe in an Audi) was planned by booking all but one night in Best Western Hotels. There was only one location we had to change because we ended up in an industrial area but we were able to change our location with the help of the staff at the hotel.

Today with all the websites for hotels and maps online, it is easier to be a little more confident in finding a place to lay your head at night that is comfortable, convenient, and economical. Now, we need to get you to your destinations. Finding that elusive plane fare to get you started is next up.

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