After choosing where to go on holiday, choosing the right hotel can make your holiday the best ever, or a bit of a disappointment.
You have chosen where to go, whether it is the other side of the world, or somewhere an hour’s drive away, next it is where to stay? Large, grand, cosy, intimate. Of course, that might have been the first decision. ‘Let’s stay in that lovely hotel where we had coffee, looking out over Lake Geneva’, or ‘what about that one tucked away down an alley off St Mark’s Square.’ The hotel might be the main consideration, the destination coming second.
What Kind Of A Holiday?
The choice will depend in part on what kind of holiday it is to be. Will you be up and out first thing after breakfast, guidebook, phrase book and map in hand, back for the evening meal and a quick freshen up before you are back out exploring the city by night? Or is this a relaxing by the pool holiday? You have a generous supply of sun protection cream and six airport paperbacks and the furthest you will walk will be between your room, the pool and the restaurant. Maybe it is a bit of both. A couple of lazy days and then some activity, perhaps a bus out into the hills, or a day out at sea on one of the local boat trips or yacht charters.
The hotel could be somewhere to stay for the whole holiday, or a bit of luxury at the end of an energetic holiday striding through alpine meadows and into the mountains, or before spending a week on the Mediterranean with yacht charters.
What Kind Of Hotel?
There are so many hotels to choose from and although it is only somewhere to stay for a few evenings, the choice can seem daunting. If you might want to spend time in your room, then a balcony with a view would be good; somewhere comfortable to sit and read or think; a luxury bathroom. Do you want spa facilities? A pool? Are you eating in the hotel? Look at the menus and see if it is the kind of cuisine that you will enjoy. If you spend most of your time at the hotel, then large grounds with somewhere peaceful to walk can be a bonus. How luxurious? Maybe you would prefer something smaller and more intimate. A hotel where the front door opens right onto a bustling city street, on to a view of rolling hills or onto its own private beach.
Enjoying The Hotel
Whatever the choice, staying in a hotel is a great part of any holiday. Waking up in a comfortable bed after a good night’s rest, knowing that somewhere in the building breakfast is being prepared. All you have to do is to get up, showered, dressed and go and find it. Then the day is yours, but you know that at any point, if it gets too hot, too cold or you get too tired you can return and your room will be there. Maybe someone will have been in and put fresh towels out. You can go and rest and recharge before it is time to go out again.