Finding the right hotel

Recently while doing some research on finding the perfect hotel for my client, I went to one of the commercial booking engines, like Hotels.com. There are lots of them. Rarely do I use these engines as they do not pay travel advisors for the reservation. But they often have good maps and suggest hotels. And for those of you that know me, know location, location is most important for a perfect hotel.

In my search I learned what these booking engines do and do not have. In general they have the mid-range priced hotels, the two to four star properties. They do not have the luxury or the local places. The luxury markets differently and the locals by word of mouth. The luxury come to me in person, via the office, email or local trade shows. Recently I learned of a luxury property, in Tahoe from a trade show. And the client loves it, plus I got a special rate and upgrades! As for a local hotel I learned of one recently by a local referral. It was not marketed anywhere!

My point is…. The hotel booking engines are just one of the many resources to find the right hotel. In this newsletter I will not even begin to address the VRBO or Airbnb’s. They have their own pros and cons. Meanwhile do not spend too much time researching for that perfect hotel for you, for this is what I do. And over the past 30 years, I have found some wonderful places to stay. What is important for you is what is most important: location, amenities, bedding options, a pool, restaurant, bar, on the beach, near a train station, parking, and of course cost. Usually you cannot have them all, so prioritize what is most important and that will help us decide. Some of my favorite hotels are three stars and others five. For me, liking your hotel accommodations can make or break a holiday. Call and I can help find the right hotel for you. 617-588-4246

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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