15 things to consider when booking your accomodation

Have you found your perfect accommodation? Now the next step is to ask questions; the right questions. The more questions you ask, the less surprises you will have, and the smoother your trip will be.

No matter what type of accommodation you are going for, make sure you keep the following in mind. Don’t be shy to email the resort or home owner. They will gladly answer your queries. If you are calling instead of an email, keep time difference in mind. You don’t want to call them after hours and make a bad impression.

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01. Breakfast

Is breakfast included? If not, how much does it cost? What time is breakfast served? If they don’t serve breakfast, are there grocery stores or restaurants nearby? Is this in your budget?

02. Parking

If you are planning on a road trip, make sure that the place you book has free parking. If there’s no free parking, how much does it charge? Make sure you factor that in.

03. Shared bathroom

Hostels and hotel rooms with shared bathrooms cost less than private bathrooms. If you are nit-picky about cleanliness you better to skip the shared bathrooms. If you are a student or a backpacker, you might be okay with the concept of a shared bathroom, but if you are on your honeymoon, you might want to confirm that the room you are booking has a private bathroom.

04. Pets allowed

Not all types of accommodations allow pets. Better to check with them. Also, if you don’t like pets or are allergic, and you are staying in a homestay you may want to ask the owner if they have pets.

05. Cancellation charges

Non refundable rooms are generally cheaper. If you are sure about your travel dates, they can cut down costs quite a bit. But if you want to remain flexible, make sure you check what the cancellation charges are and what the cutoff date are. When you go closer to your travel dates the cancellation charges increase.

06. Kitchen

You can save money also by cooking instead of eating out. In that case you might want a kitchen or at least a kitchenette. Some types of accommodation has a shared kitchen. While checking out a place with a kitchen, do check if they have basic cutlery. If not you can carry disposable ones. Many places have basic supplies like salt, cooking oil, dish washing liquid included. That saves you the effort of carrying or buying the essentials.

07. Wi-Fi

Is Wi-fi free? If you are internet addicts like us, this may be very important for you. How many devices are you allowed to connect? What speed will you get? Can you pay more to get a better connection? Might not feel that important while booking, but if you have an emergency where you need to skype with your parents/children /friends, speed of the internet might make all the difference.

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08. Check-in/Check-out times

If you reach early, will they allow an early check in? Or will you just have to wait out in the reception? A late check out is always helpful as you can sleep in. But if you have to start out early, then you might be okay.

09. Children/Extra Person

Can children stay for free? Many accommodations allow children under 5 to stay for free and children under 15 are given a discount. If you also have an extra adult guest, will they allow it? Provide extra bedding? How much will they charge?

10. Airport transfer

Will the accommodation arrange a pick up for you? Is it free or what are they going to charge you? If their charges sound exorbitant, then you may want to compare the fare to a local cab company or check if there is a connecting train/bus.

11. Elevator

If you have heavy bags, it is necessary that the accommodation has an elevator or someone to help with the bags. If there is no elevator you can request for a room on the ground floor if possible.

12. Location

How far is it from the city center? Is there a bus stop nearby? Are there convenience stores? Is it in a safe area? Are there bakeries or restaurants around?

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12. Wheelchair access

Are you travelling with an old or a disabled person? Is there a ramp to push the wheelchair across?

13. Medical care

In case of an emergency, are there hospitals nearby? A pharmacy? A doctor?

14. Linen and Towels

We take this one for granted. But in some countries like Iceland, either they are not included or you have to pay extra.

15. Air conditioning/Heating

Depending on the expected weather you can enquire if the accommodation has any heating or air conditioning facilities. Are they included?

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Have you had any issues with your accommodation because you didn’t enquire about any of these? We would love to hear about your learning experiences. As always, we love to hear what you have to say.

 

16 Comment

  1. Jolene says: Reply

    Wifi is so important for a travel blogger!! Funny enough all hotels here in Australia is making a move to charging a pretty ridiculous daily rate for wifi use!! I guess so many people are willing to pay extra for it! Nice list of point to keep in mind!
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  2. Jenn | By Land and Sea says: Reply

    Great points to consider here. Everyone needs to take into account what is important to them and determine if the accommodation’s offerings are the right fit.

  3. Chris says: Reply

    Pretty much a common sense list, but hopefully it helps make sure someone doesn’t forget to check if something is important to them!

  4. Chi says: Reply

    I totally agree with you on your list of things to consider before looking for a place to stay while traveling! They are all necessary, right?:) This post is useful for first-time traveler obviously!

  5. Shona says: Reply

    Often amenities and services are taken for granted when booking accommodation so this checklist will save disappointments on arrival. Thanks for the reminder!
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  6. The main thing we look for in accommodation is wi-fi, everything else we can by without but us travel bloggers need wi-fi 😀 Great list though, some of the things we just take for granted so its good to have a reminder. Thanks for sharing! #feetdotravel

  7. It is always good to be informed before you arrive at your accommodations so there are no “surprises”. Knowing whether or not a hotel has airport pickup and eating establishments nearby is something I always want to know.
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  8. These are all great things to know when booking accommodation. I always look at closeness to city center and parking myself, as well as if the place we’re staying is easily accessible by foot! WiFi and whether it’s free or not is a runner-up, especially if we’re in a different country! As we’re currently booking accommodation in Morocco for August, I’ll be sure to use these tips! 🙂 Thanks!

  9. Barry says: Reply

    Great stuff I think Wi-Fi is the big one for people these days. Oh yeah, it has to be decent Wi-Fi, not the 15 minutes to open a page kind. I must admit I’m a sucker for a buffet breakfast too!
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  10. Lisa says: Reply

    So much to consider when booking especially if your on a budget. I try not to stay where I have to pay to park. Wi-Fi is almost a must anymore! Love it when a hotel has early airport shuttle. Thanks for sharing these great tips.

  11. A great checklist on choosing your accommodation. This would help someone personally to achieve a hassle free trip. By knowing that all his or her requirements by the accommodation that they chose.
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  12. Some great tips here – I think it’s always important to check the details of the accommodation so you don’t have any nasty surprises once you arrive. A really useful checklist that’s easy to follow – thank you for sharing!
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  13. I agree with all of these tips. Especially when it comes to free parking, wi-fi, breakfast, and pet-friendly accommodations. I’m also one of those clean freaks so sharing a bathroom is a major no for us. Awesome post 🙂
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  14. Location is most important for me when booking accommodation. It helps when you can just walk to top tourist attractions. And also the issue with bathroom – I would prefer my own bathroom!! But I wouldn’t mind sharing one for budget options like hostels too. That’s why it’s so important to read the reviews!
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  15. I most definitely would put Location as the priority as it does affect the rest of the costs of a travel. And then of course, the checkin and checkout timings. I have had some crazy experiences where I had to wait for almost 4 hours in a lobby just because the check out time was early. Loved the practical tips that you have put here. Cheers
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  16. These are all such important things that not everyone thinks to check! It’s the worst thing when you turn up at a hotel/hostel and find that it’s missing something that you can’t provide yourself! Definitely a list worth memorising – thanks for sharing!
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