Selecting accommodations in another country can be overwhelming and at times confusing. There isn't any guarantee that you can hit the mark every time but with a little bit of effort you can eliminate some of the stress. The method I use is quite simple. There are a number of factors you must consider:
5) Cleanliness and I am sure another ten factors could be added.
My first step is to select a location using Trip Advisor. It seems to be an identifier used by many places to promote their property and in my opinion a useful tool.
I generally rate accommodations from highest price to lowest.
I determine the average price per night I would like to spend to suit my budget. If my trip is for two weeks and I am willing to spend $1800 on accommodations, can I include this property in my overall budget?
The next step is to get the highest rated place for the best price. For example, there could be quite a variance in price but ratings reflect a different experience by travellers before you. One accommodation could be rated #3 out of #17 and charge $350 per night and then #5 could be $129. I would select #5.
Once I am satisfied that most people have rated the property to my satisfaction and the price is in the range I am comfortable with, I carefully read the comments. I usually look for those little extras such as a friendly host, great breakfast and so on. There is usually a range of comments from the best place I have ever stayed at to please avoid this location at all costs. It doesn't take long to detect a pattern - remember some people are impossible to please!
I typically use Booking.com but will also check the actual hotel site and Google to use other tools to determine if there is a better price elsewhere.
Once I am satisfied that I have an affordable accommodation in a good location with my priorities in mind then I will book my stay.
Don is a former educator and having worked for a Canadian airline, he enjoys travel that is mildly