Are you planning a business trip? It doesn’t matter if you’ll be away from the office for a day or several weeks (or longer), it goes without saying that you need to choose the best hotel for your stay.
There are many details that deserve your attention as you compare hotels in an attempt to make a final booking decision. Here are five things that should never go overlooked:
Just the same as buying a home, location is everything when choosing a hotel for business travel.
Will you opt for an airport hotel? How about one downtown? What about a hotel in a business district?
Depending on the city, you may find hundreds of hotels scattered throughout the area. It’s your job to decide which location best suits your travel needs.
Tip: compare the location of the hotel to the areas you’ll be visiting. For example, you don’t want to a downtown hotel if all your meetings will be conducted outside the city.
Let’s face it: you don’t want to overspend on any aspect of your trip. This is particularly true when it comes to the hotel.
On the plus side, you probably have access to a variety of hotels. This allows you to compare all your options with price in mind.
Conversely, you don’t want to focus on this detail and nothing else. If you do, you may end up with an affordable hotel that lacks in other areas.
There used to be a time when it was a challenge to learn more about a hotel’s amenities before booking your stay. Fortunately, this has all changed for the better thanks to the internet.
Every hotel, within reason, has a website full of information for travelers. You shouldn’t have a hard time reviewing the list of amenities and deciding if they align with your personal wants and needs.
Some of the more important amenities for business travelers include: free Wi-Fi, access to a business center, access to conference rooms, a gym, and dry cleaning service.
If you find a hotel with some or all of these amenities, it’s safe to assume that you’ll be happy with your stay.
4. Shuttle Service
This is one of those details that is overlooked by many business travelers. Shuttle service is extremely important, especially if you have no plans on renting a car.
For example, you can rely on the shuttle to get to and from the airport. Subsequently, you don’t have to worry about the hassle (or cost) of renting a car.
Tip: call the hotel to learn more about its shuttle service, including how much it costs and how to book a pick up or drop off.
5. Customer Service
Some hotels have the reputation of providing top of the line customer service. Other hotels continually fall short in this area, making it difficult for travelers to enjoy every aspect of their trip.
This may not be the most important detail to focus on, but it should come into play when making a decision. If all else is equal, you always want to choose the hotel that is known for its customer service.
As you know, things can (and probably will) go wrong during your trip. A hotel with excellent customer service can often help you solve a problem that would have otherwise soured your experience.
6. Read Online Reviews
At this point, you now have a better idea of how to choose the right hotel for business travel. The tips above will point you in the right direction, allowing you to focus your time on the details that will have the biggest impact on your trip.
However, there is one last thing you should do: read online reviews.
If you don’t know anything about a particular hotel, you can learn more than you ever imagined by reading online reviews from other travelers.
From the good to the bad to the ugly, you can quickly learn how a hotel treats its guests.
When reading online hotel reviews, always keep these three things in mind:
- Some people are overly critical. For this reason, one bad review shouldn’t be enough to scare you away from a hotel. Instead, you should look for a trend.
- Pictures say more than words. If possible, find reviews that are accompanied by images. With these, you can get a better idea of what the hotel offers. Some images will excite you, while others may scare you away from the establishment.
- Read the hotel’s response to negative reviews. Most travel sites allow the hotel to share a response to any review, both positive and negative. You can learn a lot about a hotel by seeing how they approach reviews, especially those that are critical.
It only takes a few minutes to read through a batch of online reviews. By doing so, you can quickly form an opinion of the hotel.
So, there you have it. You never again have to worry about making a mistake when choosing a hotel for business travel.
The first time you do this you may be concerned about going down the wrong path. As you travel more often, everything will come together for you. The more experience you have the easier it is to choose a hotel you can trust.
Your hotel room is your home away from home. For this reason, you don’t want to take a chance and hope for the best. Instead, you need to know exactly what you’re getting.
What process do you follow to choose a hotel for business travel? Have you made any mistakes in the past? Share your tips and advice in the comment section below.