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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Leisure Living: The Five Main Perks of Living by the Sea “

 

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“Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.”-Hermann Broch

Have you ever wondered what a perpetual holiday or vacation would look like?
Well, for starters, it is a home by the sea and waking up to the glorious sunrise basking over the gentle and serene ocean ripples. It is having your early morning cup of joe by the sea and inhaling the salty sea breeze and the scent of summer. It is going to sleep at night with the sound of cascading waves to keep you company. Furthermore, it is being at peace with the fact that you are to wake up to this scenario every single day of your life.

It sounds like an idyllic plan, is it not? Unfortunately, while living by the sea affords you the kind of leisure and relaxation that most traditional homeowners live without, most developers offering seaside living would offer their properties at an exorbitant premium. However, while you might be paying quite a pricey down payment for these kinds of properties, know that you are not only paying for the piece of land and house you will be residing in. In one way or another, you are also paying for a life that would seldom need a vacation. After all, with the ocean just a few meters away from your property, do you really need to go elsewhere just for a breather? Once you have decided on settling by the sea, you would no sooner than expect that you would never be missing the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolitan. With palm and coconut trees surrounding you, sand on your feet and the smell of salty air, you would find yourself not missing the tall skyscrapers, traffic onslaughts and pollutions of a progressive city.

If seaside living has been something you have been contemplating about, consider Anvaya Cove Bataan. In any case, below is a list of the generous perks seaside living would afford you:

1.) It allows you to be healthy

Mental benefits aside, it has been shown that seaside living can positively impact an individual’s overall health. Sunlight, of which the beach gets significant dosages of, is incredibly beneficial to our skin. This is because sunlight has Vitamin D which helps your body absorb calcium and by extension, strengthens your bones. Furthermore, the sea helps you better with its negatively charged ions. Resultantly, you are less stressed and are generally in a better mood.

2.) It gives you a myriad of things to do

Life by the sea offers you a variety of activities to do at the weekend while living in the city constrains you to a life of monotony. Metropolitan living limits your entire week to going to work, eating and maybe going to the mall to relax and breathe. It is incredibly rare (and only when time permits) for you to ever have a chance to get away from the city and have a vacation. And when you do, it usually involves a long drive or a plane ticket. When you live by the sea, it is like being on holiday every single day of your life. Moreover, it offers you a diverse plethora of recreational activities to do such as swimming, surfing, beach volleyball, sunbathing and the like.

3.) It is great for your well-being

Living in a place that allows you to wake up to the sight of the sun, sea and lush waves every single day tends to make you appreciate the small things in life. Compared to being cloistered and stifled in an apartment unit smack dab in the middle of the city, seaside living is not only a place for relaxation and serenity but an avenue for self-exploration. It allows you to contemplate and reflect. Moreover, it has been found that the sound of crashing waves inspires creativity. So living by the sea might be a good opportunity for you to discover your hidden talents and skills.

4.) It allows you to disconnect

In a way, seaside living allows you to connect more to yourself and your surroundings simply by giving you the chance to disconnect. Living in a busy cosmopolitan tends to make us inadvertently glue ourselves to our cellphone or computer screens—so much so that we are perpetually connected online and missing the small things in life. This habit has been known to increase stress levels and is potentially harmful to the body. Living by the sea, however, allows you to meditate. Even a few minutes spent just looking at the horizon and listening to the wave would be enough to rejuvenate your well-being.

5.) Delicious seafood

Seafood is hard to come by in the city, and when you do find them, they would be incredibly overpriced. This is because the logistics of getting seafood into the city can be a bit complicated and overly long—especially when the city is nowhere near any ports or even seas. However, when you are living by the sea, you are not only given access to cheap seafood but the freshest ones as well. No doubt, you can expect seafood restaurants to be cropping up here and there ensuring that you always get the fresh catch of the day.

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The Perks of Being a Traveler

Traveling is one of the most exciting factors in our lives. The feeling of excitement and anxiety mixing up, especially when going to a place where you totally have no idea where in the world you are. There are a lot of cities in the Philippines that you want to explore; Makati City can be one of those. A city where the word ‘ask’, is a necessity.

Aside from traveling to a place where nature is abundant, traveling and exploring cities can be fun. Struggling from the jeepney ride, the place, the crowd and especially from the noise makes the travel more exciting, and exhausting you may say. But it’s worth it.

There will always be a good and a fun side of traveling. One way or another, traveling can expand the possibilities on how you perceive life in different aspects. Perceiving it positively can create good vibes with good and satisfying outcomes.

 Opportunities

This is one of the things you don’t want to miss. Great opportunities right up ahead. Even though you are just traveling, exploring and you don’t intend to stay longer than you planned, there are a lot of simple things where it could be the start of a great opportunity for you. Being in the city means grasping what is ahead. Opportunity may come in different forms, be it materially, physically, spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. You can have those things just by traveling productively.

“Opportunity knocks only once.” Cliché as it may seem, yet it holds value to whoever seeks. It will come if you let it.

Meeting new friends

Traveling from place to place gives you the chance to meet different people with different personalities. You can have the chance to know what interest them the most, the ins and outs of today and shares some insights that can make us inspire to do more in our lives.

You can also get to meet potential people who are willing to help you in your endeavors. Listening to their experiences might give you an idea what to do next. It is not bad though, having an idea out of their experiences might be one of the opportunities you are looking for. It is a great opportunity hanging out with them and learns something from them.

Understanding their way of living

In every particular place you go, they have a culture that they are used to. Staying some time in that place, you can observe different practices that are new to you. It may be awkward when you encounter these practices since you are not used to doing it. Asking them politely about their culture might help you understand deeper and better.

At the end of the day, you have to accept their practices for you to adapt to their environment. There is no harm though in adapting their culture and the way they live. Trying to do one of those practices might be fun after all. You will get used to it, eventually.

There is always fun in traveling

When you travel, be it for business meetings, outings or traveling alone, there will always be fun in it. You will be amused by the busy city day and night, the people who pass through the streets to and fro, and the way how you made up your day. Recalling the activities that you did at the end of the day, you will have at least one thing that makes you happy. And in every simple thing that can make us happy, it can make a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Who knows, you will write or share your enjoyable experiences with your families and friends, and they might decide to go to that particular place and experience the things you have been experiencing.

Daycation or Staycation – You Choose!

A vacation in the city is next to impossible. Well, that was before. What we see today is a throng of urban dwellers who chose to stay in their respective homes instead to enjoy everything that the city has to offer. Makati City is not an exemption, with all the fine-looking façades and landscapes of shops, hotels, skyscrapers, high-rise condominiums, shopping centers, etc.

The city is a haven for both daycationers and staycationers.

A daycationer is a day-tripper wherein he or she visits a particular destination and returns home at the end of the day. Daycation is suitable for families with young children and individuals and families with pets. For daycationers, a night away from home may be cost-prohibitive that’s why they chose to explore the city during the day and spend the rest of the day at home instead of staying in one of the many Makati City hotels.

Anyhow, there are various tourist destinations in Makati City that daycationers may go to. Some examples are the Ayala Museum, Makati Museum, Philippine Army Museum, Yuchengco Museum, Filipinas Heritage Library, Sanctuario de San Antonio, Greenbelt Chapel, Guadalupe Church, Guadalupe Ruins, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Washington SyCip Park, Legazpi Active Park and Makati Park and Garden. PhilippineBoards.com also considers Makati Malls or Ayala Centers as must-visit tourist spots.

A staycationer, on the other hand, is an individual, family or group of individuals who choose to stay at home or in any of Makati City hotels for a night or two, making the most of their stays. At home, staycationers may set up a swimming pool or other pleasurable activities. On the other hand, there are hundreds of hotels in Makati City, some of which are classified as 5-star, classic luxury and boutique hotels as well as branded and lifestyle hotels. Don’t fret though because they offer reasonably priced rates, making them suitable for a staycation.

Numerous Makati City hotels such as Fairmont Makati, Raffles Hotel, and Holiday Inn & Suites Makati boast not just of their amenities and facilities, but also of the experience that only luxury hotels in Makati can provide. It is the incomparable view of the magnificent Makati skyline at night. Not to mention, these hotels are multi-awarded and 100% family friendly, so staying for the night is a welcome idea.

Either daycationing or staycationing, bottom-line is you will get to enjoy the best of Makati City daytime and nighttime. Sometimes, it is not about the budget, but rather about the enriching experience of exploring the very place that you spend your everyday life. Who knows what you will discover on your next daycation or staycation, right?