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  1. Gillian
    April 12, 2019 @ 5:31 pm

    We have found that the most important thing is to have a clear criteria list, find a place that meets all the criteria, and than STOP LOOKING!! If it meets the criteria, you’re done – what else are you looking for?! This has saved us HOURS of time spent trying to find ‘something better’.

    • Ali Garland
      April 12, 2019 @ 6:59 pm

      Definitely!! We’re getting better at doing this because searching for hotels is one of the most annoying parts of travel planning, so anything that helps reduce the stress of it and the time it takes is a win!

  2. Erika Brady
    October 13, 2016 @ 4:08 pm

    I like the order that you suggest to do things. Look up the city and dates, and then narrow your hotel options down by prices at that point. It is good to narrow down the options of prices. Sometimes it can just be a good deal with a cheap price and quality hotel, or it can be a cheap price and a low quality hotel. So it is also important not to settle solely on price! I love traveling, and staying in a hotel is always one of my favorite parts.

    • Ali Garland
      October 18, 2016 @ 5:11 pm

      Thanks Erika! Always good to base your hotel choice on factors other than price, even though obviously price is an important one.

  3. Justin Knox
    April 21, 2016 @ 5:57 pm

    Thank you for the help. My wife and I are going on vacation soon and are going to be looking for some good lodging. I like the idea to have a list of what is important to us in a lodging facility. Do you think that it is practical to have a list of the top 5 things that we are looking for?

    • Ali Garland
      April 22, 2016 @ 5:57 pm

      Sure, it’s always good to start with your wishlist for choosing a hotel, and if you have to compromise, decide which items are must-haves.

  4. Suzy
    September 4, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    It bothers me to no end when hotel search engines list hotels as having free WiFi, only to find out that it is only free in the lobby. I think it’s important you point this out because if I see a place that says free WiFi, I always reference the hotel’s main website and see what it says. Many booking agents don’t get this right. I also think paying attention to cancellation policies is important. If you can cancel up to 24 hours before your stay without incurring a fee, I usually go with that hotel because life can be uncertain. You never know if your plans will change.

    • Ali Garland
      September 5, 2012 @ 10:46 am

      I totally agree! It makes a huge difference if I can use my laptop in the room or if I have to go to the lobby. And yes, the cancellation is important too. You don’t want to get stuck with paying for a hotel you’re not even going to use if your plans unexpectedly change.

  5. Tommy
    August 20, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    Hi Ali. Nice post here. I normally look at trip advisor for a rough idea of the hotels available in the city. Recently, did check out as they claim to be independent reviews with a dedicated team of reviewers visiting hotels.

    I normally look out for hotels with wifi. A tip I have is to book early with rates that allow me to cancel without penalty later if I can find a better hotel or rate nearer the date of travel

    • Ali Garland
      August 20, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

      Thanks Tommy! I’ve never heard of oyster, I may have to look at that. I’m not too picky about which sites I use for booking hotels since they all have reviews. I definitely always look for wifi. Unfortunately as a blogger, I don’t like to go more than a day without internet if I can help it.

  6. jan
    August 17, 2012 @ 3:30 am

    Lots of good tips here. I always look at the cheapest with the best reviews. But then, I would always back an outsider as well! (but I only go to the races once a year for the Townsville Cup, where the dresses count more than the races, lol)
    Budget Jan

    • Ali Garland
      August 17, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

      Ha! Thanks Jan! Cheapest and best reviews is a great place to start!

  7. Jennifer
    August 14, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    These are all great tips for searching for hotels! What advice would you have for when you arrive at a hotel and it is not at all as was described?

    • Ali Garland
      August 14, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I’d say it widely varies depending on what the problem is. If you book a suite and they put you in a regular room, you calmly explain to the front desk and try to get your room switched. If it’s something that can’t be changed but is clearly not what you were promised, I think the best you can do is talk to a manager and/or write a letter. You also have to realize that some things are out of their control, like if they should have wifi but something goes wrong with the connection.

  8. Matthew Cheyne
    August 14, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Now that I’ve read your post and know how to choose the right hotel, I need to ask you what are the best websites to use in order to find hotels? Do different websites best serve certain destinations or is there a one best site that is good worldwide? And will you be doing a post on this in the future?

    • Ali Garland
      August 14, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

      I have a post coming up next week on how to read hotel reviews. I haven’t decided yet how I want to present sites I like for booking hotels, etc. I might end up making a separate page with sites I like.