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Hotel Criteria

If all a hotel guest is after is a clean place to spend the night as they are traveling to another destination, the choice of hotel is likely to be quite different from the person who is on vacation or on business at their destination.

Whatever category you fit into at the moment, here are a few things to keep in mind.

For the person passing through, one of the chain hotels is the best bet. They are excellent for their purpose of providing clean and affordable shelter.

I’ve been in remote places where the Mom-and-Pop hotel is the only option, and sometimes the experience has been a delight. Quirky rooms with home-made quilts, unusual furnishings, and super-clean in all respects.

On the other hand, I’ve also experienced lumpy beds, unpleasant odors, scratchy linen, and questionable sanitation.

The beauty of the hotel chains is that you know what you’ll get, and when you’re just passing through that’s a comfort. They don’t give you much in the way of extras, but you won’t have any unpleasant surprises when you’re road weary and looking for a night’s rest.

Now, about the criteria for a longer stay. There are three main reasons for an extended stay that come to mind. One is for business. A second is for pleasure. And the third is for a family visit – in my case to be near a family member in the hospital.

For all three reasons, you will want to define your criteria regarding price, size, amenities.

Price. How much you are willing or able to spend will certainly focus your search for the best possible room. Determine the range and then start shopping online or by phone. You might be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the lodgings available in your price range.

Size. Will you get a kitchenette, suite, or room? For extended stays, I highly recommend that you get a kitchen if possible because eating out all the time can actually get tiresome, as well as being costly.

If not a kitchenette, then find out if you can have a microwave and fridge so that at least you can keep some fresh snacks on hand. Almost all rooms have a coffee maker nowadays, but ask about it just to be sure.

Regarding the choice between a suite or room, check the prices. Oftentimes, the difference isn’t that much, but the benefits are wonderful. Having a separate bedroom allows you to keep to your preferred schedule instead of compromising with someone sharing the lodgings.

Amenities. Does the hotel have a pool, an exercise room, a restaurant or lounge, shops? Are you located for easy access to the places you’re planning to go? Is the room you have reserved on the quiet side of the hotel, away from street noise? Does your room have a view?

If you ask about these little perks rather than leaving it up to the desk, you are more likely to get them, so decide what features you value and request them.

For business. Consider these criteria, and when you call to make reservations or go on-line to do your research, ensure that your top priorities exist. You’ll enjoy your stay and have a more productive business trip.

1) Is there sufficient work space in the room? My wife and I travel together on business, and it is frustrating that there is often only one desk or table with a chair that fits it comfortably for writing or working on the computer.

2) Is there high-speed internet? Is it wireless? Is it reliable? Is there a daily fee or is it included in the room charge?

Cozumel Hotels

There are hotels and resorts on the island built on or near some of the best beach diving available. They offer everything from diving equipment and lessons, to snorkeling gear and swim fins for an enjoyable underwater experience merely feet from your room. Others are built to take advantage of the offshore reefs a short boat ride from the beach where the diving and snorkeling is unbeatable. Still others offer family fun with a myriad of activities for the kids while the parents can enjoy their free time on the island however they choose. And then there are the lodges built for the serious fisherman who comes to catch some of the many types of ocean fish available around the island. These places offer serious equipment, including many boat excursions around the island to some of the well-known spots for catching fish.

Some hotels offer a choice of suites with kitchenettes, or modest air conditioned rooms just steps away from the excitement of the waterfront with its many restaurants, oceanfront bars and magnificent shopping. When you stay in this type of hotel, you have the best of both worlds as the best diving beaches are minutes away and yet you have many amenities available to you just a short walk from your comfortable room. There are condos for rent on the island as well as houses priced to fit any budget. You merely have to do a little research, decide what you want from your fabulous Cozumel vacation, and then go for it!

Real Value Hotel at Disney

The three hotels on the monorail at Disney World in Orlando are the Contemporary, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian. They also happen to be three of the more highly priced hotels that Disney offers. The Grand Floridian is the most expensive of all Disney hotels. There are some other high end hotels offered by Disney that are pricey as well but the monorail usually commands premium rates. The reason for this is the convenience of staying on the monorail.

I have personally stayed at the Grand Floridian, on my honeymoon. Do not get me wrong, it is a beautiful hotel with exceptional service. That week was the best service I have received anywhere for anything. But, the fact is, unless you are planning to only spend your time at the Magic Kingdom and the Epcot Center, the hotels on the monorail are no more convenient than any of the others.

It is no secret that Disney World is huge. In addition to the two parks mentioned in the previous paragraph, Disney offers MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom, multiple water parks, Downtown Disney/Pleasure Island, and the ESPN Sports Complex. If you plan to visit most of the parks you will need to either drive a car or utilize Disney’s transportation anyway, so it does not really matter where you stay.

Also, if you think about it, you are not spending much time in the hotel because you are at the parks, or by the pool, or out eating someplace. You can save a lot of money on the trip by going with a cheaper hotel.

There are some advantages to staying on the monorail. If you are an older couple on a vacation, not bringing any kids, you may prefer to stay on the monorail. You may be looking for a more relaxing vacation spent by the pool, or on the beach, where you have access to the park as well as the spas and other luxuries that come with the higher end hotels. The Grand Floridian does offer many of these luxury features. They also have a very relaxing lobby where you can sit and listen to piano music being played. But, you also have quick and easy access to the main parks should you want to see the Main Street Parade or fireworks.

All Disney hotels are clean and give good service. You cannot go wrong with any of them. If you are older and have the money, or if you are younger and splurging on a nice vacation then the hotels on the monorail are a nice treat. If you are looking for the best value for your family vacation I feel the moderate or value level hotels are the best option.

Five Star Prague Hotel

The Hotel Le Palais is one of the five store properties in Prague. This beautiful property is a fine example of belle epoch architecture and has been lovingly restored with historical accuracy. Several portions of the structure are classified as historical buildings. This fine example of 19th century design will provide a lovely backdrop for your luxury visit to Prague. There are 60 rooms, all with updated bathrooms for your enjoyment. Another 12 elegant suites are available, and all have the most modern equipment available. The décor is tasteful, elegant, and true to it’s roots in the belle epoch style.

The stunning Hotel Ambassador is a fine example of Art Nouveau style and is located on the scenic Wenceslas Square. This wonderful five star hotel features outstanding rooms, each with a private luxury bathroom, jacuzzi tub and shower. Located at the center of the city on it’s most famous square, the Hotel Ambassador is a treat for the discriminating traveller. It is close to everything, beautiful, and boasts one of the finest addresses in the city.

The five star Iron Gate Hotel, located in the middle of Old Towne, is a charming 43 suite property. Most rooms feature antique furniture and several have authentic 14th century frescos on the wall. Located near the world-famous Astronomical Clock, this wonderful hotel is ambience itself. The building dates from the 14th century and has several fine restaurants featuring local delicacies.

If you’d prefer to stay near the castle, you might want to consider the Hotel Savoy. This hotel is grand, luxurious and prides itself on outstanding service. It is also convenient to the airport, monuments and sightseeing attractions. The 61 suites are elegantly appointed, feature complimentary mini-bar and breakfast buffet and access to the “relax center”, a unique facility with a sauna, jacuzzi, steam bath and fitness center. One of the premier five star properties in Prague, the Hotel Savoy is a favorite choice of the veteran traveler.

The Mala Strana, or Little Quarter, is home to the new Hotel Aria, one of the first boutique hotels in the world. Not only is the property beautiful and well-appointed, the boutique theme adds an interesting twist to your stay. There are four floors of guestrooms, each dedicated to a different musical genre. Accordingly, the floors are called Jazz, Opera, Classical and Contemporary Music, and each of the guestrooms on the floor feature a different musical artist or composer in the genre. This unique concept makes each stay enjoyable and inspirational. You may want to choose one of the deluxe suites: the Crooner Suite (honoring Frank Sinatra), the Elvis Presley Suite, called the Rock ‘n Roll Suite, or the Bach Suite. The remaining 48 suites honor other artists and types of music. The Hotel Aria is a truly musical experience.

The Hotel Pariz has been a fixture in the old center of Prague for over 100 years. This hotel has been owned by generations of the family, and the love that they have poured into the property is reflected in the fine amenities, outstanding service and five star rating. There are 86 fully appointed suites and several world class restaurants on site. Conveniently located near shopping areas, the Municipal House and historical sites, the Hotel Pariz is a gem in the heart of Prague.

Buying a Cond Hotel Unit

First of all, you can use your condo hotel unit whenever you feel like having a vacation. This is not the case with timeshares that are allowing you to use your property only for a limited period of time every year.

Secondly, you will benefit from a luxury accommodation treatment. These condo hotels are usually first-class, luxurious properties equipped with the best facilities.

Another advantage is not dealing with any maintenance issues. The maintenance company will take care of everything in your place. This wouldn’t happen if you were the owner of a second house, where repairs were your responsibility.

You will have your own place in the sun. Considering the fact that oceanfront land is limited and expensive, by buying a condo hotel unit you will secure your place for recreation. You will not have to worry anymore about how expensive a vacation can be or about not finding a free hotel room while travelling!

You will even gain money out of this condo hotel unit. Whenever you aren’t using it, you can arrange with the hotel management to put it back into the hotel’s usual rental programme. You don’t have to worry about finding tenants or keeping an eye on them, the hotel management will deal with these problems. The income will be split evenly with the hotel management.

Your investments portfolio will be diversified. Investing in real estate is safer than investing it at the stock market. Owning a condo hotel will spare you the worries about the ups and downs of the stock market.

And, maybe the most important advantage of all, you will save on your taxes. Buying a second home will provide you with a new range of federal tax deductions and tax-sheltered income.

Some Hotels in Israel

David Citadel Hotel Jerusalem – Jerusalem Hotels

Overlooking the walls of the Old City, is the Capital’s latest, most stylish hotel. The David Citadel is a near Library Bell Park and a short drive to the Israel Museum Yad Vashem, Artist Quarter, etc. a excellent location for your Jerusalem Israel hotel accommodations. David Citadel Jerusalem Hotel offers 384 luxurious guestrooms and suites offer state-of-the-art facilities. Deluxe and Alcove Deluxe rooms, as well as the stylish suites offer spectacular views of the Old City at the David Citadel Jerusalem Hotel.

Dan Hotel Tel Aviv – Tel Aviv Hotels

Dan Hotel Tel Aviv is in the middle of everything, yet away from it all. Close to beaches and prime shopping centers, the Dan Hotel Tel Aviv is near nightlife and business districts and ideal for a sun and fun vacation and a high-pressure business trip. Dan Hotel Tel Aviv’s luxuriously 186 guest rooms and suites offer splendid sea and city views. Special lounges and services cater to the special needs of the traveling executive. The Dan Tel Aviv welcomes you with luxurious accommodations, fine dining and a spectacular sea view pool and sundeck. Private guest lounge serving refreshments throughout the day.

Haifa Tower Hotel – Haifa Hotels

The Haifa Tower Hotel is located in central Hadar HaCarmel is near the city’s major shopping, tourist and entertainment centers. Also close by are exciting places to visit such as Stekelis Prehistory Museum, Hecht Art Museum, Bahai Shrine, Druze Village, German Colony on Mt. Carmel, Panorama Center, Stella Maris Church, Elijah’s Cave, Akko, etc. The Haifa Tower Hotel offers 100 well appointed rooms facing the beautiful Carmel mountain range and Haifa Bay.

Sharon Beach Resort Hotel – Herzlia Hotels

Sharon Beach Resort Hotel Herzlia is located on the Herzlia sea shore just 15 minutes drive north of Tel- Aviv. The Herzlia Hotel is near colorful De-Schalit Square’s restaurants and shops. A short walk from the Sharon Beach Promenade, the hotel is near the new Arena complex and Herzlia Marina. The Sharon Hotel Herzlia offers 170 large, comfortable guest rooms, including 24 spacious “Garden Rooms” and five charming Junior Suites.

Laughlin Hotel Deals Guide

The hotels in the area can cost even less than $50. The suites around the river cost the most, but the cost is worth it since you get some amazing views and plenty of entertainment. If you want to do some gambling, the slot machines and other casino games are easy to get to without having to take a taxi.

The only transportation you really have to worry about is getting to your hotel from the Laughlin – Bullhead International Airport, which is located on the Arizona side of the river. If you fly to the Vegas airport, it’s about a 90-minute drive to get to Laughlin.

Depending on which hotel you are staying at, you may get a free shuttle from the nearby International airport, which is just two – three miles away from the main area where most of the major hotels are situated. If you don’t want to rent a car from Vegas, you can simply take the TriState Shuttle to Laughlin at a very inexpensive price.

What resorts and accommodations should you look into? Some of the best Laughlin hotel deals can be found at resorts like Tropicana Laughlin, Golden Nugget, Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino, Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall, Edgewater Hotel & Casino, and Colorado Belle Hotel Casino Resort.

Adding a Flight to Laughlin Hotel Deals

These are just a few examples, there are dozens of other hotels in the area, many of which offer discounted rates at certain times throughout the year. You might also want to look into hotel deals on the Arizona side of the river at Bullhead City.

Some hotels and casinos in the area work with the airline companies to provide vacation packages to tourists. If you live near a major airport, this is something to look into. Just book the hotel and airfare at the same time and get a discount. You can also check the “book airfare + hotel” option on a discount travel website when searching for rates.

A lot of the Laughlin hotel deals have themes if you are interested in specific activities. The Laughlin River Lodge, for instance, is kid-friendly and ideal for a family vacation. Harrah’s and Pioneer Hotel are both pet-friendly. There are plenty of sports-activities hotels, like the Avi Resort, Colorado Belle, and The Aquarius. No matter what you are looking for in a vacation, there is nice accommodation waiting for you in Laughlin.

Good San Francisco Hotel

Perhaps the best thing to do to start with is figure out what kind of San Francisco hotel you want to stay in. Are you more concerned with luxury lodging that offers swimming pools, room service, and a fancy restaurant? Or are you more interested in a clean and affordable hotel that will just offer you a spot to crash at night after long full days of site seeing and enjoying the city? Once you answer those questions, you will be able to look more effectively for the right hotel for you and your vacation.

A good starting place to look for your San Francisco hotel is on the Internet. Check out travel websites, of which there are plenty. What hotels are recommended by the users? Which ones are offering getaway packages through the website? You will also be able to search by amenities and prices so that you can narrow things down to the two or three you think might best give you what you want out of your trip.

Once you have used the internet to narrow down your San Francisco hotel selection to one or two places, you may want to contact them directly. Call the hotel’s front desk and find out if they are running any specials that are not necessarily listed on the website. You can also find out what is near the hotel and what services are offered from a person who can give you inside tips and advice about the area. In addition, you get a feel for the people who work there, which is important when you are looking for a place to stay in a city with which you are not familiar.

Hotels in Rome

Suggested Historic Hotels in Rome

Amidst the city streets of Rome are lovely historic hotels like D’Inghilterra. Founded in 1845, the hotel’s guest list has included Hans Christian Anderson and Mark Twain. You understand why this is one of the most popular hotels when you first see the location, which sits close to the Spanish Steps. It’s unique interior style makes heads turn. With a delectable restaurant, Café Romano, this makes for a stunning all inclusive five star hotel.

Not far from the Vatican Museum is an historic district called “Prati”. Within the floors of an ancient palace, is the Les Chambres D’Or. The quiet atmosphere and sophisticated style and grace are revealed at every turn. You get some of the best views of the Eternal City when you stay at the Les Chambres D’Or.

How to Pick the Right Historic Hotel in Rome

Rome has many culturally intoned historic hotels, and choosing the right one for your stay may be important.

First, figure out the tourist destinations you are interested in. Is there a certain museum you would like to see? Do you only have a short weekend to stay in Rome? Factors like these may be of some assistance if you want to get the most out of your vacation.

For example, if you are going to visit for a short while, you could pick out the museums and all the places you would like to see, and then pick a hotel that is center to everything you want to do. You would not want to pick a hotel that is on the other side of the city from the places you want to visit.

Benefits of a Historic Hotel

You could stay at one of the Hilton, Sheraton or Holiday Inn hotels. They are very luxurious and in convenient locations. However, why stay there, when there are thousands of those in cities around the world? You would get the same standard room from a standard hotel, but a trip to Rome shouldn’t be standard.

Hotel Accommodation in London

We analysed the market and to our surprise we found that the worldwide market has been taken already by top agencies like expedia, laterooms, bedbank etc. All these agencies have huge presence in almost all countries around the world and therefore all tourism is carried out via their websites or GDS’.

We looked a little within that scope and found that the most easy to target audience is that within England and if that sounds like a narrow view, the figure stands at a staggering much more than 1 million travel tourists per year. And there is no one targeting them wholeheartedly.

That was 2 years ago, and because of the timely and realistic estimates and marketing strategies to sell Central London hotels, we were able to create one of the biggest booking service for hotels in central London.