5 Ways Have A Comfortable Hotel Stay

Vacationers often don’t know what to look for in a hotel room.
When a booking a place to stay, it’s best to look into it and find the best alternative in case something you aren’t satisfied with the hotel’s service. Nothing is more annoying and uncomfortable than looking into vacant rooms during the busy season.

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You can research on factors to consider when choosing a hotel. It helps you filter the available accommodations in your selected vacation spots. Places in the city like hotels in Taguig is close to bistros, clubs, and shopping malls. They are perfect substitutes if you want a break from sceneries and landscapes.

A comfortable hotel stay is all about research. Here are some factors to think about when choosing a hotel.

1. Don’t rely on photos.

Many hotels use the photos of nearby attractions and surrounding areas to cover the lack of hotel’s photos. There aren’t enough to show the contents of the room, hotel facilities as well as breakfast served.

The focus of the hotel’s site and listing must be its room and maintenance. Though it’s nice to have information regarding the area of the hotel, it should not be the primary focus. It sways customers to make informed decisions on their accommodations.

Some websites feature the same photos because they use the images of others. Hotel staff and management didn’t take these photos. Instead, they trick customers by capturing their rooms using fisheye cameras. These cameras make a tiny room appear larger than it is.

It’s important to check the full details of a room to understand its dimensions and inclusions. Once you find a hotel to check in, look at rating websites showing the photographs taken by hotel guests. These are realistic and unedited unlike the photos from the hotel.

2. Use Google Maps.

Before booking a hotel, navigate the area using Google Maps. It provides a complete picture of the place even if you’ve never been in the area. Enter the street name of the hotel to get a glimpse of the area.

Google Maps has two dynamic features – the Street View Photosphere and Directions. The street view shows you how the neighborhood looks like while directions button gives several transportation methods to reach your destination.

Google Maps provides an idea of the neighborhood you select. You may end up in the busy part of Mumbai, Brooklyn, or near the pubs of Amsterdam. Planning helps you look for options and relocate even if you already have the best and most comfortable accommodation in the city.

3. Read advertisements and pamphlets.

If management hands you a paper to sign, read everything before marking it. You never know how much the hotel charges on cancellation, additional guests, and other staff.

Read the fine print before swiping your credit card. Check the hotel cancellation policy to avoid incurring headaches once your credit card bill comes. What about your breakfast meals? Are they part of the price of the room or do you need to settle additional fees for it?

Most of all, think of the taxes. States and nations have different tax laws. Some cities collect taxes because it isn’t part of the room rate. Some hotel booking sites also don’t include the value-added tax on their listings.

4. Check reviews from past guests.

Reviews from real people tell you what to look for when booking a hotel. People write about the hotel’s level of cleanliness, quality of food, service, and its surroundings. Most of all, they write about their experience to attract people to read their reviews.

These content help you figure the advantages and disadvantages from through several perspectives. Combine them to come up with your analysis if it’s worth staying in the place or not.

Besides checking reviews, online testimonials on the hotel’s official website gives you an idea of how they treat their customers. The customized packages, shuttle service, and other offers show how they value their customers.

5. Upgrade to a better room in a cheaper hotel.

Don’t sacrifice your comfort for exclusivity. It’s no use to have your family fitting in a small space. Why not settle for a less exclusive hotel giving a cheaper upgrade?

You can settle in a larger room without overspending or going over your budget. Upgraded rooms are preferable than standard rooms. Still, you must pay attention to the size of the room, offers, and signs of renovation.

To choose the right hotel, think about your budget. Each one has a standard room and a presidential suite. Pay attention to their prices on the website as they show the lowest price for the standard rooms.

The bathroom and the windows affect your convenience and influence the price of the room. Room rates are higher when you have a view of the pool or the sea. Before settling into one, note that sites will show the same images for these rooms. Some photos are the same even when suites are different.

Don’t be fooled by pretty pictures. Consider these tips and check other sites before booking your family’s room.

A comfortable hotel stay doesn’t depend on the pillows, sheets, and mattress type. If you want to enjoy your vacation, you must be smart about hotel booking. Don’t believe all the photos you see on the site. Explore cheaper hotels to get a better deal on bigger rooms. Read reviews from guests and customers. Most of all, don’t sign or pay anything unless you are clear about their conditions.

Learn more about the neighborhood to get a feel for the hotel’s location and its locals. All of these tips help you enjoy your staycation.

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7 Basic Reminders in Traveling

When going on a business trip or on vacation, there are a lot of things that run to our mind. What to wear? What to pack? How will I get there? Is there a budget hotel in Manila where I can stay? Or am I really be ok to travel? These questions keep bugging us whenever we are about to go on a trip.

Sometimes having these questions in mind, or when we get too excited, we tend to forget important things that need to be done or bring. To not plan ahead means spoiling the fun, and of course, we don’t want that to happen. These are just a few basic and simple reminders to help travelers on their trip.

Have a checklist

Forgetting important things that need to bring is a no-no on a trip. You don’t want to freak out knowing that you didn’t bring the most important thing. And you totally don’t what to ruin the trip. To avoid, jotting down the things you need to bring is always helpful. This is very useful especially for those people who are usually forgetful.

You can also let someone remind you that you have to bring a certain thing. At least one way or another, you will never forget what you should bring.

Do not overload yourself

Going to a trip is no fun when you carry a lot of things. Bringing unnecessary things might bother you in enjoying the trip. You just have to bring what is important and useful for you. Don’t bring excess baggage and pack the things that are necessary.

When you pack, arrange your things neatly and orderly. It is one way to save up space on your traveling bag.

Place valuable things in a safe bag/pouch

Being in a fast-paced environment, it is advisable to place your valuables (Cellphones, wallets, passports, IDs) in a handy and safe bag or pouch where you can easily take it out in times when you need it. You don’t have to search your entire bag looking for the things that you need. Just make sure that it is placed safely away from the sight of the thieves. Doing so can make your trip more convenient.

Dress comfortably

When going on a trip, you have to wear clothes that make you comfortable. You can wear rugged or casual in going for vacation, and a semi-formal will do in going for business trips/meetings. You can wear anything you want for as long as it is easy and comfortable for you to move.

The type and style of your clothes also matter but what really counts is how comfortable you are in what you wear. Because wearing comfortable clothes gives you confidence in every move you make.

Full battery

Always have your cellphones, laptops and other gadgets on a full battery. In case you get lost or an emergency, you can easily find and get help. These gadgets can help you connect with the people around you and without it; it would take time for you to get to your destination and finding people might not be easy.

Just ask

The keyword in every trip, especially when going to a place for the first time is ‘ASK.’ Ask whether what direction is headed to that particular place? Ask what means of transportation you need to ride in going there? Just ask. There is no wrong in asking questions to the people who lived there. They will be much willing to help and guide you in your way.

There is a caveat though, be careful who you ask. Just make sure that you ask the person who is reliable enough to guide you on your trip.

Eat

This is a must. It is very important to eat especially when traveling. You cannot do things and think properly when you have an empty stomach. You might collapse in the middle of the trip due to hunger, God forbid. You must have at least a snack in your bag, anytime you can eat it whenever you are hungry.

These are simple and basic reminders yet it is the most important things that we need to do before going on a trip. Planning and organizing things ahead can make the trip more fun and exciting without any hindrances. Try it! It’s definitely useful.

Five Things to Consider When Picking a Hotel to Stay in

Whether you are leaving for a business convention or traveling in leisure, you are bound to stay in a hotel during one of your trips. Choosing a wrong one may lead to unpleasant experiences and wasted money. It is only sensible that you pick the right accommodation to ensure that you receive the comfort you deserve. 

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What To Consider When Picking A Hotel To Stay In

Learn some basic tips on what to consider when picking a hotel to stay in. Here are five tricks to help you through.

  1. Prices and rates. Suppose you are based in Cebu and you’ve been assigned to give an in-house training in one of your branches in Makati City. With over 60 Makati hotels to choose from, how do you know where to go to? This is where research comes in. Identify your budget and note down all the places that fall within the range of what you have in mind.
  1. Location. Another important consideration is the location of the place. Is it far from the office? How near is it from the bustling area of the city? While you may be there for business purposes, it would be nice if you can easily go around the metro to do some shopping or maybe sight-seeing, at least anytime you feel like you want to unwind.
  1. Meal options. More often than not, breakfast is usually offered for free. How about lunch or dinner? While you can always order room service or dine in on one of their restaurants, do remember that it may cost you a lot. It would be wiser than to opt for hotels that are within walking distance from local eating establishments or those with an option to prepare your own meals like a room with small kitchen perhaps?
  1. Amenities and customer service. Do you see a need to visit a spa or massage center after long hours of work? How about a dry-cleaning service? Do they have Wi-fi access inside your suite? Identify what type of facilities you want to be included for the duration of your stay. Assess how quick and responsive their customer service too. You may have found the perfect accommodation but if you are not treated well, what’s the point?
  1. Reviews and ratings. Take time to browse the internet and read customer feedbacks. If no review has been done yet, find something else. It helps to check the star ratings as well.

Philippine Tourism: Three (3) Things the Philippines is Known For Globally

The Philippines is an archipelago composed of 7, 107 islands. Located in the South-eastern border of Asia, it is surrounded by the Luzon Strait on the north, the South China Sea on the west, the Celebes Sea on the south and the Philippine Sea on the east.

Tourism contributes largely to the economy of the country. Considered as one of the megadiverse countries in the globe, PH is rich with tropical rainforests, mountains, beaches, and coral reefs to name a few. As the years progress, the number of foreign tourists arriving here gradually increases from a 2.8 million figure in 2006 to 4.2 million in 2012. Needless to say, the countless attractions from the white sand beach in Boracay to the renowned Makati City Hotels play a huge role in boosting the tourist arrivals.

Below are some of the reasons why foreigners love it here. See how the Philippines is emerging as a tourism magnet to the people from across the globe.

  • Beaches and Resorts. From the fine powdery sands to the clear and cool blue waters, the country provides numerous fantastic destinations to those who want to bask in the tropical sun. Some of the top locations include Boracay in Aklan which is touted as the “finest beach in the world”, Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte, Camiguin which is commonly referred to as the country’s “Garden of Eden” for its majestic waterfalls both in hot and cold springs, El Nido Palawan which has also been called the island of gods (heaven on earth) and Siargo in Surigao del Norte.

 

  • Diving Spots. Did you know that the country is Asia’s dive capital? It has the highest density of coral species in the world. Famous diving spots could be found at Anilao, Puerto Galera, and of course, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reef. Others worth noting include Coron in Palawan, Verde Island in Mindoro Oriental, Apo Reef National Park in Mindoro Occidental and Malapascua and Moalboal/Pescador Islands in Cebu.
  • World-class hotels. Cited as one of the Top 20 in Southeast Asia by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice (USA) in 2010-2012, Top 25 under Business Category by SmartTravelAsia in 2008-2012 and having been given a certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2013, Makati Shangri-La, Manila is just one of the hotels in Makati City that received multiple awards by several international award-giving bodies. InterContinental Manila in Makati is 2012 TTG Travel’s Best City Hotel. On the other hand, Pan Pacific in Manila in Malate won as PH’s leading business hotel in 2013 by World Travel Awards.