Planning the perfect vacation involves doing your homework on everything from flights to rental cars to the perfect accommodations for your stay. While most hotels will boast about being the ideal pick for your travels, only a select few of them will live up to the hype. So before you commit to that limited-time offer, or hit “BOOK” on that luxurious hotel package that sounds too good to be true, take a minute to review our list of the top 10 red flags to watch out for when booking a hotel!
If a photo seems overly airbrushed or tweaked with Photoshop, this should be a red flag. On the other end, if the photos are blurred or appear outdated, this should also raise some questions. A professional hotel will ensure their photos are both updated and accurately represent what is being offered to their guests, it’s as simple as that.
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It’s all in the details – read the fine print!
To avoid any surprises, always read the fine print – those are usually the most important – and revealing – details when it comes to the nitty gritty of where you’ll be staying.
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Location, location, location
Nothing is worse than arriving to your hotel only to find yourself a pricey cab ride away from everything you’d hoped to see and do while there. Typically, paying a little more for a hotel that offers the convenience of prime location will more than make up for itself by the time your trip is through.
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Minimal details about the building itself and on-site amenities
If you’re finding minimal details on the building itself, rooms or grounds, this should be a red flag. Any hotel looking to promote itself positively should be happy to give full details about what guests can expect upon arrival – not lure you into booking blindly.
When researching your hotels and narrowing them down, make note of any offerings or phrases that seem vague and make a point to directly inquire about them prior to booking. As a tip, getting these clarifications made via email ensures you have something more official in hand than a “he said, she said” phone call to reference, in the event of a miscommunication upon arrival.