10 Tips For Choosing Your Accommodation
1. Be clear about the type of accommodation you are looking for
As a summary, you will find hotels, rural houses, unique accommodations, apart-hotels, tourist apartments, hostels, lodges, and campsites. In addition, each type of accommodation is divided into categories according to its services and characteristics. Simplifying, hotels are the most widespread option and a very comfortable stay for sightseeing;
If you are looking for a special space, we recommend that you consult unique accommodations such as Paradores or the typical regional ones in each area. The apartments and aparthotels have a kitchen. Meanwhile, pensions, hostels, and campsites are cheaper alternatives.
2. Check the location and available transport
Take a good look at the exact address of the accommodation and choose based on your priorities. If you are going to move only through the tourist area or are going to go out at night, we recommend the downtown area that will even allow you to move only on foot in most cities. Outside of the historical centers and the more touristy areas, the accommodations are usually cheaper and often have excellent connections to the center.
3. Read reviews from other travelers
They are opinions of people like you who travel to know and enjoy a destination. You can find them in most online reservation centers and in the accommodation reviews on the Internet. When evaluating these comments, take into account the proximity of the publication date and the type of traveler who does it. On many occasions, the establishments themselves respond to comments with very useful information and you can often filter the reviews by country of origin, language, or even type of tourist.
4. Check what your rate includes
The room price may include additional services to the stay. Consult, for example, the diet of meals included. The most common is the inclusion of breakfast or half board (breakfast and one meal) and it is less frequent than it includes full board or minibar service in the room. Also ask about other services according to your needs, such as Internet connection or air conditioning in the room, pick-up or transfer service to the airport, availability of laundry, swimming pool or gym, the possibility of parking …
5. Confirm the time you can arrive
As a general rule, reservations for accommodation in Australia start at 2:00 pm on the day of entry and in hotels, it is usual to be able to register arrival at any time. However, it is always advisable to contact the accommodation to indicate the approximate time of arrival, especially in the case of apartments or when it is expected to arrive later than 6 pm. If you arrive earlier at the accommodation and need to leave your luggage or enjoy any of its services, keep in mind that in most accommodation they will give you all kinds of facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
6. Check the departure time
The maximum time to leave the room on the day of departure is usually 12 noon. If you plan to go sightseeing that day, remember that most accommodations have left-luggage facilities so that you can leave your luggage until the last moment of the day. Sometimes if the occupancy is low and you need it, you can ask if it is possible to leave the room later.
7. If you travel with children …
In Australia, childcare and entertainment services for children are a plus that you will find in many accommodations, especially in the more touristy seasons. Ask for them when making your reservation. Other commonly available services that may be of interest to you are the incorporation of an extra bed in the room or a crib for the little ones.
8. Hotels suitable for everyone
There are many accessible hotels or with adapted facilities. As always, the best advice is to contact the accommodation to be booked directly and ask any questions.
9. If your pet is with you
Always check before completing the reservation if pets are accepted in the accommodation. Its admission is usually more frequent in rural accommodation and there are more and more dog-friendly hotels. Normally, reservations are usually limited to a single animal per room and it is usually easier to accept pets under 10 kilograms. Of course, always carry all your pet’s documentation in order.
10. Avoid fraud
Tourist accommodation in Australia is regulated. In all cases, they must display at the main entrance a distinctive plate that reflects the type of tourist accommodation and its category. Also, maximum prices must be displayed at the reception. If you are suspicious of any accommodation, do not hesitate to contact the nearest tourist office directly.
On the other hand, the comments of other travelers on the Internet, the direct relationship with your travel agency, or using only internationally recognized reservation centers will provide you with more information and security in your reservation.